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How to Play the Blues Scale on Bass Guitar

The six-note blues scale is one of the most commonly used scales in soloing. Consequently, learning how to play the blues scale on bass guitar is essential. The blues scale is so popular because it’s comfortable [more…]

How to Play the Minor Pentatonic Scale on Bass Guitar

Learning how to play the minor pentatonic scale on bass guitar will add a lot of flavor to your playing because it's one the most versatile scales. The structure of the minor pentatonic scale is very similar [more…]

How to Play the Major Pentatonic Scale on Bass Guitar

Learning how to play the major pentatonic scale on the bass guitar is like getting a two-for-one deal. You can use the major pentatonic scale for two different chord tonalities: the major chord and the [more…]

How to Play Two-Octave Major Scales on the Bass Guitar

Because of the size of the bass guitar, you'll need to shift your left hand out of position in order to play two-octave major scales. To shift your hand smoothly, you need to anticipate where your hand [more…]

How to Play Two-Octave Minor Scales on the Bass Guitar

Because of the size of the bass guitar, you'll need to shift your left hand out of position in order to play two-octave minor scales. Every minor scale except E minor follows the same pattern. Because [more…]

How to Play a Two-Octave E Minor Scale on the Bass Guitar

Because of the size of the bass guitar, you need to shift your left hand out of position in order to play two-octave scales. The two-octave E minor scale is the only minor scale that requires a different [more…]

Scales and Chords You Need to Know for Playing Bass Guitar

Bass guitarists choose notes from a scale, an orderly ascending or descending sequence of notes, to create their music. The most commonly used scales have seven notes, beginning with the [more…]

How to Find the Notes on the Neck on Your Bass Guitar

Any of your patterns (except for the open E and A scales) work in all keys on the bass guitar. Because you can transpose these patterns to any key, all you have to do is nail the root with the proper finger [more…]

How to Identify Intervals on Your Bass Guitar

An interval is the distance between two notes on a bass guitar. For example, in the scale of C, the distance from the root C up to F is four notes (C, D, E, F), so the interval is called a 4th. When you [more…]

How to Read Notation to Play the Bass Guitar

Reading music is nothing for bass guitarists to be afraid of. You don't even have to read music to be a good (or great) bass player, but it certainly enriches your musical experience and opens doors that [more…]

How to Find Notes on the Bass Guitar Neck

After you understand the four types of musical notation, the next step to playing the bass guitar is to find out where the notes are located on the bass neck. [more…]

The Seven Main Modes (Scales) for the Bass Guitar

With all these scales at your fingertips, you get more choices in terms of flavor, or color, when playing your bass guitar. Or you can think of it as starting with the same basic cooking recipe but adding [more…]

How to Use the Blues Scale in a Bass Guitar Solo

The six-note blues scale is one of the most commonly used scales in bass guitar soloing — and with good reason: It’s comfortable to play, it’s easy to move from chord to chord, and it sounds great. The [more…]

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