Learn Your Bass Scales
Learn Your Bass Guitar Scales
As Bass Players we have a certain responsibility
when playing with other musicians,
And That Is to furnish a great bass line or groove
that makes the
listener want to hear more, And hold the song together,
Plus set a tempo that moves the rest of the band along.
And if you are also the singer like some bass players are,
You need to add that to our list of duties while
playing live music.
Yeah the Bass Players Job has expanded for sure
lets say since
the arrival of funk music , And Larry Graham Especially in
today’s modern music you notice more and more slap bass
playing in rock songs,
I Can remember a time when some of your average bass players would not be
good enough to play some of today’s music, Not meant to be a knock on some of us older players ,But the amazing talent
out there has driven the complexity of the music way up.
The role of the Bass Player has greatly expanded, From the relative
comfort of playing the 1, 4 , 5 `s, or the single 8th notes that
we all did back in the 60`s and Seventy
s, and into the start of the 80s
Today’s Bass Players get little if any rest thru-out the song,
like we used to enjoy for making things easy and back when
many times the Bass Player was a buddy that wanted to join a band,
And we know they used to always say anyone can be the
Today`s music demands a highly skilled and talented
Sometimes We have to come up with catchy bass lines almost
on the spot. Especially true if you do very much Jamming with
strangers, Or music you have never heard or played before.
I recently attended a few open mics in my area ,I do this once in
a while , to keep myself sharp especially if im not in a band at the
And I like to play alot, i miss playing music with other musicians ,
Its hard to go a week or 10 days for me.
Could not believe some of the great talent thats out there,
One thing that has not changed very much tho, That is and i guess
always will be Bass Players Are always in high demand.
Some of the bass players i know play in 2 maybe 3 different
projects at once.
I was in a situation like this last week, Sitting in with a bunch
of talented musicians at a open jazz Jam, I got 2 offers to come
out and play regular with bands, Not bragging thats not the point ,
Point is bass players in high demand
That I got invited to come Join in the fun. Was so cool for me its
always great to get a invite to go play music.
But I must admit some of the music was complicated a bit ,
But I got thru it shining ,And really had a great time.
This could have been a train wreck
A lot of songs i really did not know that well or maybe
not at all.
All I knew was the Key or root note. And it made me so happy I
had taken the time in the past to learn my Bass Scales.
Especially the minor scales,
And really if you know the key and a hint of the tempo,
You can catch on fairly easily
That is if you know your Scales.
I Probably do not have to say this but Many of You im sure
know already there is a scale
Or a set of notes on the fret board for every key.
Even the notes
that make up The chords. The thing that makes this
all way easier is
knowing what notes you need to play that all sound
That is what notes in the scales do , they all sound good together.
These groups of notes are called Scales.
And we typically use about 12 of them, How Many are There ?
im not sure but alot of them. I had a book of bass scales around
here some where seems like it had at least 50 pages.
But just knowing the Main 12 will usually get you by
Most scales have 8 notes and go from root to root a
So Learn and Practice These scales for your bass guitar.
They will no doubt come in handy many times over in
your music playing career.
I Know they have saved me tons of embarrassment
over the years.
Now here is a link where you can learn much more
And What I think is really cool the scales are written
out in bass tab.
And much other musical info for players,
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