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Practical Theory: Practice Tips for Scales (Part 1)
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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 octave): G A B C...

Bebop Scales: Jazz Scales And Patterns In All 12 Keys
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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 scales more efficiently, and apply...

Musical Explorations: 12 Tones, 12 Beats and Franc O’Shea
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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 pulse in a bar of...

Long Term Practice Routines
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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 go on to the next...

Practicing Scales (Part 2)
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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 integral part of the routine....

Diatonic Major And Minor Scales For Electric Bass
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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 use of the thumb and...

The Bass Player’s Guide to Scales & Modes
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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 written in response to teaching...

Practicing Scales
The Lowdown with Dr. D

Practicing Scales

The last installment of the Lowdown inspired a question from a reader about the “proper way to practice scales.” That would all depend on your specific goal, whether it be a technical or a musical one. There are innumerable ways to practice scales, and a plethora of material available to give you guidance. At the early levels, much more than...

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Scales vs. Chords

Q: What scales are best to know for improvising and how can I go about trying to memorize them? A: Although it is important to learn your major and minor scales as well as all of the others (melodic minor, harmonic minor, blues scale, etc.), I’ve found that scales don’t really help me at all. I also find that guys...

Lesson: Melodic 2-5-1 Mutation
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Lesson: Melodic 2-5-1 Mutation

In one of my earlier lessons I talked about using melodic minor scales to create different degrees of altered tension over functional dominant seventh chords. I got a request from a No Treble reader named Mark, asking for ii-V-I applications. Mark, this lesson is for you! We’re going to focus on different ways to reharmonize the ii-V-I and how that...