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  • Learning Modes and Scales: A Study Guide for Bassists

    Learning Modes and Scales: A Study Guide for Bassists

    Q: I hope that you’ll be able to explain this problem. I learned so far that major and minor scales have certain patterns (i.e. minor steps: W,H,W,W,H,W,W). Now, I’ve moved to modes and, for example, the Lydian mode. Does it have the same pattern for minor scale? I found some other patterns on the web,… »

  • Memorizing Chords and Scales

    Memorizing Chords and Scales

    Photo by Brett Sherman Q: I'm lucky enough to attend a college with a robust and demanding music department, and like a lot music in academia, this means I'm playing a fair amount of jazz. I've been a fan of the genre for a long time, but I am new to playing it and seem… »

  • Bass Talk: How To Practice Scales, Intervals, Patterns and Positions

    Bass Talk: How To Practice Scales, Intervals, Patterns and Positions

    Editor's note: No Treble readers submitted questions to us for the next series of lessons by Thomas “MarloweDK” Risell. Several readers submitted questions about learning scales, intervals and patterns, as well as asking how I approach practicing them. In this installment, I try to cover all the basics. If you have questions or something you'd… »

  • Jazz ScaleHelper: A Look at the Scale Analysis and Study App for iOS and Android

    Jazz ScaleHelper: A Look at the Scale Analysis and Study App for iOS and Android

    Jazz ScaleHelper is, at it’s essence, a discerning ear. The app listens to you play your scales and arpeggios and gives you feedback on what you just played, as well as a grade. It judges your note stability, intonation, time and shows you how many notes per minute you played. The app's analysis screen presents… »

  • Intergalactic Bass: Scales Arpeggios Fingerings Theory & Much More

    Intergalactic Bass: Scales Arpeggios Fingerings Theory & Much More

    Hal Leonard has added Carlo Mombelli's Intergalactic Bass method as their latest book in their Bass Instruction series. The comprehensive, 240-page book is based on the premise that in order to play music, one must have a solid handle on scales and arpeggios. A bassist, composer and educator, Mombelli said he searched for a book… »

  • Advanced Bass Fretboard Knowledge with the Pentatonic Scale

    Advanced Bass Fretboard Knowledge with the Pentatonic Scale

    Last time, we took a look at some basic exercises aimed at expanding fretboard knowledge through the use of the pentatonic scale. For this lesson, we'll cover more advanced patterns and build on what we've started in the first part. Be sure to download the PDF for these exercises (standard notation and TAB included) so… »

  • Expand Your Bass Fretboard Knowledge with the Pentatonic Scale

    Expand Your Bass Fretboard Knowledge with the Pentatonic Scale

    Here's a great exercise aimed at expanding your fretboard knowledge. For this lesson, we're going to use the five positions of the A minor / C Major pentatonic scale. The pentatonic scale contains five notes, of course, and you can play this from different positions. Learning these patterns will significantly increase your fretboard knowledge. Here's… »

  • On Modes and Getting Away from the Root

    On Modes and Getting Away from the Root

    Q: I have question about how to practice and apply modes that is killin’ me. We are constantly being being bombarded with the concept of getting away from root in our playing and practice. For instance, scale finger pattern 4 starting on the 3rd fret of the E string is like G A B C… »

  • Jazz Box: A Look at the Chord and Scale Reference App for iOS

    Jazz Box: A Look at the Chord and Scale Reference App for iOS

    Jazz Box, in my humble opinion, has just helped to fulfill a need for a thorough, high quality harmonic study app. While not perfect and not 100% inclusive of every harmonic consideration, it goes way beyond any of the other apps I have seen in explaining scale considerations in the jazz idiom, spelling out various… »

  • Scale Pattern Work for Bassists

    Scale Pattern Work for Bassists

    I have mentioned previously that daily scale practice should include scale patterns, and indeed most scale books devote some space to such patterns. There are, of course, innumerable patterns that we can apply, but certain scalar patterns occur more frequently than others in the music we play. Although the number of possible patterns are seemingly… »