# Simple question....

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by FreshBassist81, Aug 7, 2005.

1. ### FreshBassist81

Jul 24, 2005
Marlton, South Jersey
Hope this is on the right board. I need to know a different form of a scale. It's a simple scale, and i need to know the 7 form and the minor form. The major scale goes like this...

D:-------------------------4--5--7-----------9--11--12
G:-----------------4--5--7----------------------------
A:---------3--5--7------------------------------------
E:--3--5--7-------------------------------------------

So, if someone could post the 7 form and the minor form, that'd be awesome. Thanks.

2. ### Brian S

Nov 11, 2003
Atlanta, Georgia
The minor scale flattens the third of the scale. The example scale you've given is the G scale, the third is B, so play Bb instead of B:

G:------------------------3--5--7------------9--11--12
D:----------------4--5--7-----------------------------
A:---------3--5--7------------------------------------
E:--3--5--6-------------------------------------------

The 7 of the scale flattens the 7th tone. In this case the 7th is F#, so play F instead:

G:------------------------4--5--7------------9--10--12
D:----------------3--5--7-----------------------------
A:---------3--5--7------------------------------------
E:--3--5--7-------------------------------------------

You can combine these to get a minor seventh scale:

G:------------------------3--5--7------------9--10--12
D:----------------3--5--7-----------------------------
A:---------3--5--7------------------------------------
E:--3--5--6-------------------------------------------

Hope this helps.

3. ### Daniel Baskin

Sep 1, 2004
Maple Valley, WA
Nice, you got a two octave thing going. Hey Brian, if he wants a minor scale, then it should be b3 b6 and b7.

Minor:

G:------------------------2--5--7------------8--10--12
D:----------------4--5--7-----------------------------
A:---------3--5--6------------------------------------
E:--3--5--6-------------------------------------------

There is really no good way to do a 2 octave minor scale on a 4 string bass.

4. ### Brian S

Nov 11, 2003
Atlanta, Georgia
You're right, Daniel. I was thinking just about the simple minor and seventh chord tones. Looking at the various major scale modes, there are 4 that could be considered minor type scales: dorian, phyrgian, aeolian and locrian. These are also 7th type scales, along with the mixolydian mode, so there's lots to choose from.

5. ### FreshBassist81

Jul 24, 2005
Marlton, South Jersey
Thanks to both of you guys.

Feb 17, 2003
Ottawa, ON
-------------------------7-8-10-12------------------------
---------------5-7-8-10-----------------------------------
-------3-5-6-8--------------------------------------------
-3-5-6----------------------------------------------------

or this:
----------------------------8-10-12-----------------------
------------------7-8-10-12-------------------------------
---------5-6-8-10-----------------------------------------
-3-5-6-8--------------------------------------------------

Don't be afraid to shift.

7. ### Daniel Baskin

Sep 1, 2004
Maple Valley, WA
Bah, that's what I get for using 6-strings. I don't think that often about shifting unless I really need to because I usually have all the range I need.