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This is so stupid..But could someone tab the major scale for me?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by OxhadokenxO, Sep 23, 2002.

  1. I know it's a very stupid question..but for some reason it's puzzling me...I'm sorry to ask something so pitiful..But please help..it's hopefully a easy question for someone who is actually good at bass...Thanks
  2. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Here's the problem. One cannot tab "the" major scale until one knows which major scale you want. There isn't only one. I presume you mean the C major scale, but you don't say which one you want tabbed.

    Tell you what...I can't make my computer do a decent tab, so I'll indicate this way how to play a C major scale.

    C (do): A string, fret 3
    D (re): A string, fret 5 (or play the open D string)
    E (mi): D string, fret 2
    F (fa): D string, fret 3
    G (sol): D string, fret 5
    A (la): G string, fret 2
    B (ti): G string, fret 4
    C (octave): G string, fret 5
  3. I'll add to this by telling you how to figure out the major scale for whatever key you need.

    For a major scale there is a formula to follow. The formula is:

    Whole step, whole step, half step, whole step, whole step, whole step, half step (a whole step is a space of 2 frets, while a half step is 1 fret).

    In Boplicity's example of the C major scale you get:

    C (Root)
    D (whole step, or 2 frets, above C)
    E (whole step above D)
    F (1/2 step, or one fret from E)
    G (whole step above F)
    A (whole step up)
    B (another whole step)
    and the octave C (half step from B)

    Use this formula to learn the scale in all keys. Good luck and have fun! :)

    PS: For the record, the only stupid question is the one you never ask. If one never asks, one never learns. :)
  4. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Here ya go. Just transpose.

    G ----------------------------------------------
    D -----------------------1-----------------------
    A -----------0----------------------------------
    E --0--2--4-----7--9--------------------------
    B ---------------------------17------------------

  5. kirbywrx

    kirbywrx formerly James Hetfield

    Jul 27, 2000
    Melbourne, Australia.
    Ouch, thats kinda challenging to play :)
  6. http://www.talkbass.com/html/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=31

    Read it, memorize it, love it. This accompanied by my friend teaching me the "pattern" of a major scale was very helpful to me when I was going "duh?" This is the usual pattern you will use if your root note is anywhere but on the D and G string -

    This is for the A major scale

    G - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
    D - - - - - - - - - - - 4 - 6 - 7
    A - - - - - 4 - 5 - 7 - - - - - -
    E - 5 - 7 - - - - - - - - - - - -
    m p i m p i r p

    The letters represent what fingers you should use.
    I = Index
    M = Middle
    R = Ring
    P = Pinky

    Now notice the patern that makes this up, because you can use this pattern to make up any other major scale on any string except for the D and G strings (coz you run outta strings!).

    So now that you know a pattern of the major scale. But, this only has the notes in a little box on one area on your fretboard, what do you do if you want to play a higher or lower note that would still fit in the scale? Well good ol' pacman has the solution for that.

    (edit) - ok, so the letters aren't aligning with the numbers, but I'm sure you can figure it out! ;)

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