Bass Guitar Scales in Thirds
Scales are important to learn, but it's also important to practice them in as many ways as possible. Playing bass guitar scales in thirds is the best place to start.
In college, the teachers made all students of every instrument play scales in intervals of thirds not only to hear the scale structure in different forms, but also to help gain more technical ability on the instrument.
One of the best bass players of all time Jaco Pastorius was a big proponent of practicing scales in intervals.
Practicing this way helps you start to visualize the notes in any given scale all over the fret-board. So, when playing, your body is trained to grab the correct note no matter where you are on the neck.
Hearing the scales in intervals also will train you to create more melodic bass lines, rather then just playing lines that "sound like a scale".
Playing in thirds is also a great work out both for the left and right hands.
In this lesson I will outline the notation for the G Major Scale in thirds, both in one and two octaves.
One octave major scale in thirds
Two octave major scale in thirds. If you can master this, you will be on your way to becoming a VIRTUOSO PLAYER!
Once you get this down start moving on to other keys, and other intervals! For instance instead of practicing in thirds, try fourths, fifths, sixths etc...