Why is it so important for every bass player to learn the bass guitar scales? Because literally everything you play on the bass comes out of one scale or another!
If you’re familiar with the relevant bass guitar scales at each place on the neck, then regardless of where you choose to play, you’ll intuitively know what notes and runs you have available to you at that place.
On this site, you’ll find a number of lessons I’ve collected on bass guitar scales, and other relevant subjects, however I also highly recommend entering your name and email address below, and I’ll send you a short series of videos that will explain bass guitar scales and the simple theory behind them that you can use to totally change the way you approach the bass.
Bass Guitar Scales Make The Difference
If you’re still not convinced of the power of bass scales, then check this out. Walking bass lines are probably among the coolest bass lines you’ve heard, and many of them come DIRECTLY out of the scale! There are many variations of course, but often times they come directly out of the pentatonic major or minor scales, sometimes with diatonic or chromatic notes thrown in for good measure.
If you don’t know those scale patterns, then playing a walking bass line becomes a game of memorizing finger positions. If you do know the scale patterns, then playing the same thing becomes as easy as tying your shoe. There’s a huge difference.
Alright, now that we know why bass guitar scales are so important, let’s dive in and learn some!