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

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

Jun 29, 2002
North Carolina
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. ### Peter McFerrin

Jul 4, 2000
Valencia, CA 91354
3. ### BoplicitySupporting 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

4. ### cafepurgatory

May 20, 2001
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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.

5. ### 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------------------

Enjoy

6. ### kirbywrxformerly James Hetfield

Jul 27, 2000
Melbourne, Australia.
Ouch, thats kinda challenging to play

7. ### SpankBass

Jan 2, 2001
Orange County, CA.
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!