Major Scales in Position

It's a long way back to 1st fret.

It’s a long way back to the 1st fret.

Today’s post is about playing major scales in different positions.

A lot of players hear about scales and how important they are to playing well, but they’re not sure how to use them or why they’re important.  When you’re in a ‘key‘, the scale is the term that is used to describe the notes that belong to that key.  Think about it this way – there are 12 chromatic notes inside of each octave.  When you play a traditional major scale, 7 of those notes will create a system that represents that key.  If you know the notes for each key, your playing will improve.

Position playing on the electric bass is accomplished by assigning one finger per fret.  For example, if you are in first position then the 1st finger plays notes on the 1st fret, 2nd finger 2nd fret, 3rd finger 3rd fret, and 4th finger 4th fret.  In 5th position, 1st finger plays the 5th fret, 2nd finger 6th fret, 3rd finger 7th fret, and 4th finger 8th fret.  There are extended positions that we will dicuss in a later post.

This is a video from MarloweDK of www.playbassnow.com

He does a nice job of explaining and providing examples of scale material and patterns.