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One of the most common questions I get from bass students is should I practice scales and if so, which ones?

 

Now there are a lot of scales out there and trying to practice them all is let's face, pretty boring and tedious!

 

Although I think it's important to have basic scale knowledge, I don't recommend mindlessly running scales each day. But there are four scales that are essential to know if you want to create riffs, bass lines and licks that you know are going to sound great.

 

These scales are the major and minor pentatonic scales and the two Blues scales.

 

I've made a new Youtube lesson showing you all four scales and an easy way to remember them. There's also a handy PDF booklet with the four scales in standard notation and TAB along with fret diagrams.

 

If you do run scales in your practice sessions, these four should be the ones you focus on. 

 

https://youtu.be/bUZPpdn8G_A

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