The modes of the major scale.
If your searching for bass guitar scales you're bound to find information on modes. There is generally a lot of confusion about modes and how they apply to music, so I will try to simplify them here.
The technical definition?
Simply... Modes are scales. However the term "mode" refers specifically to the 7 scales that are built upon the structure of the major scale. Ok, so what is the structure of a major scale?
Let's learn it... it's easy! But before we do, we have to add two more musical terms to our vocabulary. They are: TONE, and SEMI-TONE.
Learn about the tone and semi-tone structure before continuing on with this bass lesson on modes.
Are you comfortable with the lesson on the tone and semi-tone? OK, lets take what we've learned and apply it to make all the other modes of the major scale.
The 2nd mode makes the bass scale, DORIAN. It' is called the second mode because it starts on the 2nd note of the major scale.
The scale A DORIAN uses the same notes but starts on 'A', not 'G': A-B-C-D-E-Fsharp-G-A.
Using the same procedure as above, lets name and construct all the other modes of the major scale, and add them to the list of our bass guitar scales.
The seventh mode: LOCRIAN