which scale book?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by WhiteKong, Jan 3, 2009.

  1. DeanT

    DeanT Send lawyers, guns and money...

    The Bass Grimoire has every chord and scale and every possible combination you would ever encounter. My vote is for the BG.
  2. onlyclave


    Oct 28, 2005
    The Bass Grimoire is just a ton of information without application or context. It's like reading a dictionary to try and learn to speak English. My vote is for the other book.
  3. damon106


    May 21, 2007

    +100 on this ! without the proper application any scale is just a bunch of notes.The grimoire will not help you understand why you are using xyz scale over a certain passage or chord IMO...
  4. where W = whole tone, H = semitone, 3 = a minor third:

    The major scale: WWHWWWH
    The harmonic minor scale: WHWWH3H
    The (ascending) melodic minor scale: WHWWWWH
    The half/whole diminished scale: HWHWHWHW
    The whole tone scale: WWWWWWW

    Learn all of that in all 12 keys, 2 octaves, all the modes of each. I just saved you 20 bucks.

    As has been mentioned by others, a book which is just a list of scales is not especially useful, and really doesn't have much more information in it than I just gave you.
  5. onlyclave


    Oct 28, 2005
    We need to clarify that a minor 3rd is three semitones. Some people might get confused otherwise.
  6. DocBop


    Feb 22, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA

    Watch your back the theory lawyers are sniffing about.
  7. I'll tell ya one thing when I look at a book to buy, if its got what I call "profound knowledge" on each page...then I buy it. If its got one thing like the Ionian Scale on every page in different keys, they are selling you fluff. Each page should really teach something new and build. That's all. I agree with the fellow above that saved you twenty bucks.....but I even maintain that you don't really even need the Harmonic and melodic Minors.....unless you are playing jazz. There's a lifetime of practicing and learning with the Major Scale and all its modes. If you're playing from the Great American rock book....especially.
  8. EADG mx

    EADG mx Guest

    Jul 4, 2005
    As a general rule of thumb, when approaching theory topics I avoid anything that is marketed as directly applicable to any one instrument or group of instruments (especially bass and guitar).

    The issue with this sort of education is that it often teaches you fingering patterns upon fingering patterns ad nauseam while neglecting things that really matter: the construction of the scale, the sound, the use and context.

    I typically go for RCM and other standardized equivalence texts.