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# Learning the Electric Bass: Major Scales

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### Learning the Electric Bass: Major Scales

1. 1. Lesson One: Major Scales
2. 2. What Is A MajorScale?It is a series of sevennotes, ascendingand descending in astepwise motion.The distancebetween each notefollows a certainpattern: whole step,whole step, halfstep, whole step,whole step, wholestep, and half step.
3. 3.  Each of your four fingers goes with a corresponding number: 1 for your index finger, 2 for your middle finger, 3 for your ring finger, and 4 for your pinky. Your fingers play the fret that follows the one before.
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5. 5. To play a major scale, C major for Next, place your fourthexample, place your second finger finger on the fifth fret,on the third fret of the A string, or onto D.on C.
6. 6. Place your first finger Place your second fingeron the second fret of on the third fret on the Dthe D string, on E. string, on F.
7. 7. Place your fourth Place your first fingerfinger on the fifth fret on the second fret ofof the D string, on G. the G string, on A.
8. 8. Place your third finger Place your fourthon the fourth fret of the finger on the fifth fretG string, on B. of the G string, on C.
9. 9.  1) Starting on an open  2) Starting on the D or G string. string (two highest strings).
10. 10.  To play the major scale on an open string, on the open E string for example, the finger pattern does not apply. You will need to know the pattern of a major scale for this exception. Start the scale by playing the open string, E.
11. 11.  Next, play the second fret  Next, play the fourth fret of the E string, F#, with of the E string, G#, with your second finger. your fourth finger.
12. 12.  Next, play the open A  Next, play the second fret string. of the A string, B, with your second finger.
13. 13.  Next, play the fourth fret  Next, play the first fret of of the A string, C#, with the D string, D#, with your fourth finger. your first finger.
14. 14.  Finish the scale by  In time… playing the second fret of the D string, E, with your second finger. Exceptions
15. 15.  If you remember back to  If we start the major our first pattern, we used scale of the D string, let’s three strings to play the say the third fret, or on F, major scale. Now we have we can follow the first only two or even one finger pattern for the string, though playing a first five notes (2, 4, 1, 2, major scale on one string 4). is not recommended.
16. 16.  From this point, we  How far do we shift? would normally go to the Well, our first finger next highest string and should play the next note finish the scale but in so we only need to shift this case, we have no once. It also helps us use more strings to use. To the same pattern of 1, 3, finish the scale now, we and 4 for the last three will have to break one of notes of the scale. our rules and shift.
17. 17.  In time…  Because we shift to finish the scale starting on the D string, we would have to shift many times to play a scale on the G string and that runs the risk of missing the correct fret to shift to or not playing the major scale pattern of whole steps and half steps. Exceptions
18. 18. http://www.play-acoustic-guitar.com/images/Guitar_Finger_Numbers.jpgGuitar Finger Imagehttp://fc01.deviantart.net/fs31/f/2008/197/2/c/Bass_Guitar_Hero_by_Karate_Chop.jpgBass Logo Imagehttp://wheatsbassbook.com/images2/staff.jpgC Major Scale Imagehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ejKEsaIVkIVideo Linkhttp://www.freewebs.com/guitarlincs/Chords%20and%20diagrams%202/OpenEbassscale.jpgE Major Scale Imagehttp://www.curtsheller.com/lessons/images/scale-F-circle.pngF Major Scale Image