Bass Guitar Scales

Bass Guitar Scales

Melodic Minor Bass Guitar Scales December 14, 2007

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The melodic minor scale is one of the coolest bass guitar scales. Not only the melodic minor scale, but its modes are particularily useful in riffing and improvisation.

What is a melodic minor scale?

Well, there are a few ways to define it:

  • as a scale containing degrees 1 2 b3 4 5 6 7 8
  • in solfege: Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do
  • a major scale with a flatted third

It’s also useful to define it in comparison with other minor scales:

  • the dorian mode with a major/natural seventh
  • harmonic minor scales with a major/natural seventh
  • the aeolian mode (natural minor scale) with a major/natural sixth and seventh

When learning new scales I find it’s best to first play them in the key of, and up and down, the open strings. Here they are:

   E Melodic Minor

   A Melodic Minor

   D Melodic Minor

   G Melodic Minor

Alright, that’s enough for today. Tomorrow I’ll be posting more ways to play melodic minor bass guitar scales.


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