6/29/2018

Songs & Basslines - Music theory for bassists #01 (the major scale)

My philosophy in learning and teaching bass guitar was always to teach overall musicianship from the perspective of a bassplayer rather than focussing only on bass. For a good bass player it is essential to be well versed in all aspects of music. This will help you to develop and play ideas in all styles of music. My new series "Songs & Basslines" is designed to give you a thorough understanding of musical theory as it relates to playing the bass.

So let's start!



Here's a little "Etude in C major" played with the standard fingering from page 9:



This famous bassline is derived from the A major scale: