Bass Guitar Theory: The Major Scale

The first scale you need to learn on the bass guitar is the major scale. It’s a critical part of music theory and can be found in many different popular songs.

The major scale consists of a pattern of whole and half steps. The pattern is shown below:

root whole whole half whole whole whole half octave

Here is a C major scale tab

c major bass scale

It’s pretty simple, and once you memorize the pattern you can play a major scale starting on any note you choose.

If you are curious to learn about scales, check out the wikipedia article on major and minor scales. I will do a followup article about minor scales fairly soon.

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