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Simple question....

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


  1. 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

    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. :bassist:
     
  3. 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

    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. jadesmar

    jadesmar

    Feb 17, 2003
    Ottawa, ON
    How about this:
    -------------------------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.
     
  6. 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.