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.