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Bass Guitar Scales -
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Learn Bass Guitar Scales

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!

The Pentatonic Minor Scale on Bass Guitar

The pentatonic minor scale is one of the first and most important bass guitar scales that any player should learn. Because the pentatonic scale has only 5 notes, plus the octave, it is also the easiest scale to learn.

As you’re going through this lesson, pay attention to the pattern that is taught, but also take note of how you can move the scale pattern elsewhere on the fretboard, so that you can use this scale pattern for every single key. Once you can wrap your head around this particular bit of theory (the ability to move patterns around the neck) then a lot of things will become more clear.

If that part already makes sense to you, then grab your bass and learn this pentatonic minor scale pattern as Colin from RiffNinja.com teaches you.

The Pentatonic Minor Scale On Bass Guitar