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Bass Guitar Scales: Learn How to Play Creatively

Do you ever watch someone playing guitar and wonder how they do it? When you have never done this it looks like rocket science but you wonder how someone seems able to do it with their eyes closed. The issue lies in them understanding one of the most important aspects of playing guitar; bass guitar scales. We have created this article to provide basic information to anyone interested in understanding how to play guitar. We start off by looking at what a scales are. Then we spend some time in the article discussing the difference between scales and codes, the relationship between scales and the theory of music, and how you can start learning these scales. What Are Scales? To understand scales, you will first need to understand chords. So, let’s start by looking at the concept of chords. Chords can be thought of as words in a language. If a person needs to learn to say, Mum, Dad, Yes in the early stages, a musician has to learn the chords, C, D, and G. There are 7 notes used to make up the musical alphabet. These are A-B-C-D-E-F-G. Depending on the key, scales can use sharps or flats. Scales can have varying notes. While some can have just 5, others can have as many as 12. Scales are based on what is known as a root note. This determines the key that the musician is in. While it is good and nice to know the basic words in a language, soon there is need to know other intricate terms. In music, this is where the concept of scales comes in. The scales form the alphabet you eventually use to play the guitar. Knowing how to deal with scales allows the guitar player to play around with the rhythm. When the guitar player understands scales, they can now comprehend the relationship which exists between different notes. This will lead to an appreciation of other relationships that exists between chords and how these can be used to set a mood. Good songwriting and composition depend on this. Knowledge of scales is what separates good soloists who understand different melodies from those who do not. A person who knows scales in and out has essentially mastered the guitar. Why You Need To Learn Scales? As a musician, it is important that you learn the scales because they form the foundation when it comes to the construction of music. Whether the scale is minor, pentatonic, major, or dominant, you can take advantage of its structure to create various sets of chords. If there is any harmony in the music played on the guitar, we must thank the scales. Musicians who know how to identify the scales from which chords have been constructed can easily compose melodies using that chord. This is the reason why scales knowledge is generally considered a facilitator for composition. Bass Guitar Scales and Theory There are a number of great bass guitarists who have never learned music theory and […] #BassGuitarAdvice