Easy Scale Exercises For Bass: Scale In 4ths

This lesson features a quick technique exercise that can seriously help your mobility on the bass. It’s about developing the adjacent string toggle, or the ability to quickly play the same fret on two strings that are next to one another.

To do so, we’ll practice by playing the major scale in 4ths. This means that we’ll move using intervals of a fourth, so 1 to 4, 2 to 5, 3 to 6, etc. The adjacent string toggle will be built-in throughout most of the scale, so it’s a great exercise for practicing this technique.

Enjoy, and keep it groovy!

Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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  1. John Graves

    Really great lesson Ryan.. I been plukkin around on bass since i was 12..66 now..and I have always worked out ways..especially in the blues tunz realm..of using ..well ..all the strings with minimal running the hand all up n down the neck..and keepping it groovy as you put it..funky..keeping that…feel…great lesson!