#1
i got this book full of scales because im getting into a band
anyway, it has these wierd pictures for the scales, it has like 4 blacke dots going across the fret board, then has nother 2 infront of it.. its so weird!!!
help
heres my best attempt at recreating one of the pictures

E A D G
o o | | fret 5
| | o |
| o | |
| o o o

how do i know what to play??
Last edited by akatubby at Sep 12, 2006,
#4
E A D G
o o | | fret 5
| | o |
| o | |
| o o o


I'm not a bass player but I'd play it like this...

Index on the Low E, Index on the A, Ring on the A, Pinky on the A, Middle on the D, Pinky on the D, Pinky on the G.

It says to start on the 5th fret. Just turn the diagram 90 degrees counter clockwise and it's a regular tab. Pretend you had your bass in your lap with the neck facing up. The E is closest towards your body.
#6
theres a picture, i just dont know what to play, the 1st or 3rd black dot..
#7
You play all the black dots. This is a scale, not a tab. The black dots are the notes in that particular scale.

Just picture it this way... the string on the left is the fattest on your bass. The string on the right is the thinnest.
#8
Quote by CorkyMcDoogle
You play all the black dots. This is a scale, not a tab. The black dots are the notes in that particular scale.

Just picture it this way... the string on the left is the fattest on your bass. The string on the right is the thinnest.

im not an idiot, this is just the first time ive ever tried to read scale without tabs, ive been playing bass for a while now... ive just been improvising
#10
Quote by CorkyMcDoogle
This might help if you're still confused

thank you very much, its just i have no idea which order i play them in
#11
Uh.. can you count to 11? If you can I just solved your problem...

Just play it in the order they are numbered...
#12
Quote by CorkyMcDoogle
Uh.. can you count to 11? If you can I just solved your problem...

Just play it in the order they are numbered...


akatubby, it's so easy
#13
Quote by akatubby
thank you very much, its just i have no idea which order i play them in

Left to right ascending, and vice versa descending.
#14
Quote by CorkyMcDoogle
Uh.. can you count to 11? If you can I just solved your problem...

Just play it in the order they are numbered...

im sorry, i thought you were telling me what fret to play, :P
thank you, makes sense
#15
Um I'm not a bass player either but curiously, why is that square there? Would that be the root? I've never seen a diagram like this before.
#16
its where the string and frets cross
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#17
It might be the root or an optional note.

Sometimes there are notes that can be played but don't need to be. Like ghost notes in a song.

Usually root notes in tabs are denoted by a different color than the rest. I think in this case its an optional note.