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BASIC BASS NOTES

By Rizal Dondi Ledesma


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BASIC SCALES FOR BASS
(Four string)

                                                                                                                         [E]mi ----O----
                                                                                                                  [D]re   O
                                                                                                     [C]do  ---O----  --------
[Ti or B]                                                                                 [B]ti     O                                                                          {example: sharps and flats}              A
[La or A]--------------------------------------------------------------O----            --------------------------------------------------                     -----------------------------------------------------------------O--
[Sol or G]                                                        O                                                                                                                                                  #O   [G sharp]
[Fa or F]----------------------------------------------------O--------------            --------------------------------------------------                     --------------------------------------------------------------------
[Mi or E]                                               O                                                                                                                                                   bO   [E flat]
[Re or D]------------------------------------------O-----------------------             --------------------------------------------------                     --------------------------------------------------------------------
[Do or C]                                     O                                                                                                                                       b  [B flat]#O   [C sharp]
[Ti or B]--------------------------------O----------------------------------            --------------------------------------------------                     ---------------------------O----------------------------------------
[La or A]                           O                                                                                                                                  b   [G flat]
[Sol or G]---------------------O-------------------------------------------            --------------------------------------------------                     ---------O----------------------------------------------------------
[Fa or F]                 O                                                                                                                                                     #O   [F sharp]
[Mi or E]       -----O----- (open E string)




                             C  MAJOR SCALE                                                           A   MINOR SCALE                                                                BLUES SCALE  C
                                                                     ---O---
                                                                O
   -----------------------------------------------------O---------------------               ------------------------------------------------------------O--------               ------------------------------------------------------------------
                                               O                                                                                                 O                                                                              O
   -----------------------------------O---------------------------------------               -------------------------------------------O-------------------------               -------------------------------------O----------------------------
                            O                                                                                                   O                                                                          O
   ----------------O----------------------------------------------------------               ---------------------------O-----------------------------------------               -----------------O------------------------------------------------
          O                                                                                                     O                                                                      O
   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------                 ------------O--------------------------------------------------------              ------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                 O
   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------                 ---------------------------------------------------------------------               ------------------------------------------------------------------


                          7th  scale    G7                                                                        Minor 7th   Am7                                                                  Whole Tone scale


   ---------------------------------------------------------------------------                 ----------------------------------------------------------------o----               -----------------------------------------------------------------
                                                              o                                                                               #        o                                                                                   o
   ---------------------------------------------------o-----------------------                 ------------------------------------------------o--------------------               ----------------------------------------------o-----------------
                                             o                                                                                         o                                                                                #
   ----------------------------------o----------------------------------------                 --------------------------------o------------------------------------               --------------------------------------o-------------------------
                             o                                                                                        o                                                                                          #o
   -------------------o-------------------------------------------------------                 ---------------o-----------------------------------------------------               -----------------------o----------------------------------------
               o                                                                                      o                                                                                          o
   ------o--------------------------------------------------------------------                 ---------------------------------------------------------------------               -----o-----------------------------------------------------------



                                               CHROMATIC SCALE                                                                                                 DIMINISHED SCALE

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    b o
                    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                                     -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                         o                                                                                               o
                    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------o-------                                     -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                       #       o                                                                                              o
                    --------------------------------------------------------------o------o------------------                                    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                 b        *        o      #o                                                                                    b                #o
                    -------------------------------o--------o-----------------------------------------------                                    ---------------------o---------------------------------------------------------------
                                   #       o
                    ---------o------o-----------------------------------------------------------------------                                    ------o------------------------------------------------------------------------------


                                                                                 MORE SCALES AND TIPS ON THE ADVANCED BASS PAGES

The scales above are only basic. Preferably it will be good to practice them on all keys by remembering the fingering positions and how they are executed on the fingerboard. People invented them and called them names but they are only names. Practicing them until you play them with the least effort could help you improvise with speed when you do solos or play running bass lines....
More advanced bass scales and guidelines on the last chapter of the bass book but a code and password are required to view the pages. Send e-mail for queries if you want access to these pages.
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