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  • Practice Your Scales… But Which Ones?

    Practice Your Scales… But Which Ones?

    Q: Scales… everyone should practice scales. But which scales? For someone that’s beginning to play or even some that has been playing for a long time, this can be a dilemma. How do you practice them? How do you implement them in your playing? A: Great question. Of course, everyone should know their: 1. Major... »

  • Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 3)

    Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 3)

    In this third and final installment of the Practice Tips for Scales series, we continue our look at the Major tetrachord formula to practicing scales. (Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2). This week, we dive into arpeggios, using consistent patterns to repeat on the upper register of the neck. Once we... »

  • Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 2)

    Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 2)

    This week, we’re continuing where we left off with Part 1 of this series, covering the Major tetrachord formula to practice scales. This week, we expand on the basics by covering various finger patterns and covering the entire neck. As part of this excercise, we’ll also skip notes in the scale, playing in thirds, fourths,... »

  • Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 1)

    Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 1)

    Practicing scales in a musical way helps keep things interesting. In this lesson, we kick off with some tips for practicing scales by using different intervals, arpeggios and fingerings. We’re also introducing a new approach to looking at the Major scale formula. Normally, we view it as 7 different steps (8, if you count the... »

  • Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys

    Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys

    Aebersold Jazz has released Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys, a new method book by Joe Riposo. The 48-page book covers Bebop scales and patterns in all 12 keys of the Major, Minor, Dominant 7th, and Locrian (Half-diminished) scales and is designed to help the player hear, use and understand Bebop... »

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  • Musical Explorations: 12 Tones, 12 Beats and Franc O’Shea

    Musical Explorations: 12 Tones, 12 Beats and Franc O’Shea

    Q: Is there anything outside of the norm that you are working on or thinking about with your musical explorations? A: Actually, in the May issue of Bass Guitar Magazine (UK), Franc O’Shea (his columns are always enlightening and thought provoking), wrote an interesting piece on dividing the chromatic scale and giving every semi-tone a... »

  • Long Term Practice Routines

    Long Term Practice Routines

    Q: I have a question about long-term pratice routines. There are a lot scale/arpeggio exercises out there, but I want to know: what do you is the best method to really cover all types of scales/chord in all keys all around the instrument? Is it good to do an exercise in all keys an then... »

  • Practicing Scales (Part 2)

    Practicing Scales (Part 2)

    This week, Dr. D. continues the series on practicing scales. Check out part 1. Advanced Scale Work At whatever technical level you have been playing scales, you have hopefully been incorporating technical challenges into the mix. Mastering various fingerings, bowings, plucking techniques, refining your left hand shape, trills, vibrato, artificial harmonics, etc., should be an... »

  • Diatonic Major And Minor Scales For Electric Bass

    Diatonic Major And Minor Scales For Electric Bass

    Jamey Aebersold’s latest edition to their bass method library focuses on the importance of scale mastery for electric bassists. Diatonic Major And Minor Scales For Electric Bass includes both major and minor scale exercises, designed to help bassists develop new and creative lines, while learning the entire fretboard and improving technique. The exercises require full... »

  • The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes

    The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes

    Stuart Clayton has released his latest bass method book, The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes, through his Bassline Publishing company. The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes is a thorough reference manual featuring all the scales, modes and arpeggios, from construction to recommended fretboard patterns. “[This] is a book that I have... »