# Two Octave Scales

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by alexmoore10, Feb 24, 2008.

1. ### alexmoore10

Apr 3, 2007
London
Endorsing Artist: Ashdown Engineering Amplifiers, Elites Strings and Cosmic Ears IEMs
Hi there.

I am teaching scales at the moment and am struggling to find a nice fluid way to teach two octaves.

Every book I have looked at seems to be very dependent on either the E string or the G so if anyone has any suggestions for say a G major scale please could you let me know.

Thanks

Jun 20, 2007
3. ### alexmoore10

Apr 3, 2007
London
Endorsing Artist: Ashdown Engineering Amplifiers, Elites Strings and Cosmic Ears IEMs
Thanks for this

I might be being a bit slow though but can only find one octave examples on there, it's two octaves where I am falling down

Great site though!!

4. ### SmittyG

Dec 24, 2003
Texarkana, Texas
Here is a basic two-octave G major scale. You can modify this pattern to create other scales.

G ----------------------------------------7--9--11--12
D -----------------------------7--9--10---------------
A ---------------5--7--9--10--------------------------
E --3--5--7--8----------------------------------------

----i---i---r--p--i---i---r---p---i---r---p---i--i---r----p

I use slides to where I use the index finger twice in a row.

Hope that helps.

5. ### Chickencha

Jan 15, 2007
Overland Park, KS
The above way is perfectly valid, but it can be done with fewer shifts. I also find index-to-index shifts to be a little awkward. The way I was taught do a two-octave G major scale went like this (with shifts as marked by the "S" at bottom):

Code:
```G----------------------------9-11-12
D------------------7-9-10-12--------
A-----2-3-5-7-9-10------------------
E-3-5-------------------------------
S        S
```

6. ### SmittyG

Dec 24, 2003
Texarkana, Texas
Good point. Notes is notes. You should always play around with different approaches to fingerings to find what is most comfortable for you.

7. ### alexmoore10

Apr 3, 2007
London
Endorsing Artist: Ashdown Engineering Amplifiers, Elites Strings and Cosmic Ears IEMs
Thanks to everyone for all their help

8. ### manbass

May 20, 2004
Tampa Bay
"Bass Fretboard Basics" by MI has about a Bazillion 2 octave shapes, with and without slides and skips. Great manual.