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Scales!!!

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by Slapa_that_bass, Aug 23, 2001.


  1. help!! i know how to play a major scale on my bass but what r they and what r modes and wwhat scales r the best for writing heavey metal.

    thanx

    CrAiG
    :confused:
     
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"
    OK, you know the major scale - good start. Let us take a look at a 2 octave major scale in C

    C D E F G A B C D E F G A B C
    I II III IV V VI VII I II III IV V VI VII I

    Underneath, in Roman numerals I put the scale degree, 1-8.

    If you play the notes of the major scale from the first degree (I) to the first degree (I) it is the major scale or the Ionian mode. If you play from the 2nd degree to the 2nd degree (still using the notes of the C major scale)

    D E F G A B C D
    II III IV V VI VII I II

    It is the dorian mode. The rest of the modes are, as follows:

    III-III: Phrygian
    IV-IV: Lydian
    V-V: Mixolydian
    VI-VI: Aeolian (this is also the natural minor scale)
    VII-VII: Locrian

    As for the best scales for heavy metal, is a tough call rock relys heavily on the minor pentatonic scale. Pentatonic scales are, as they imply, 5 note scales. The minor pentatonic in A would be:

    A C D E G A

    you can create modes of the minor pent just as you did for the major scale.

    MIke