#1
Hey, Ive been playing instruments for a while [clarinet, now bass], and Ive learned a number of scale forms. question is, how exactly do i use them in playing? Im hearing everyone says "learn scales" but why?

Should i learn modes too?
#3
well everything you do is based around a scale, say you are playing um...seven nations army right? you are using the scales, and yes learn modes as well they will help you write/ improvise better.
#4
I've written plenty of music without scales, but they can really improve your writing. And modes are essentially a scale of sorts (well, at least when you use it to write. I think.), so learn them.
#5
Different way of playing a scale. But let's say your playing a song that's in C (We'll keep it simple) Your major scale will be...


G-----------------2--4--5--|
D-------2--3--5------------|
A-3--5----------------------|
E----------------------------|


O.k, let's improv with that...


G----------------------4-5-------5~~-2~~------------5~~~---|
D---------2----------------5~~---3~--0~-----------------------|
A-3~~5---3----5~~-------------------------0--2--3~~~~~-|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------|

Pretty simple nothing complex, just uses the C Major scale.
Last edited by FbSa at Nov 11, 2007,
#6
Quote by Fama
I've written plenty of music without scales, but they can really improve your writing. And modes are essentially a scale of sorts (well, at least when you use it to write. I think.), so learn them.


I'm trying to wrap my head around that statement.

Did you use the 12 tone system? Music by chance? Tone Row? Whole-Tone?

Every Key has a scale. If you are playing in a key (or even if you're not playing in a key, like a-tonal music) then you are using a scale. Simple as that.

Everything uses a scale, whether it's chromatic, whole-tone, major, minor, etc.
#7
Lets see if I can get a concrete example here. If I play a song with a guitarist and he drops into an A minor vamp(Aeolian/natural minor), which is in the key of C (no sharps or flats), I can do a nice improv bass line using the A minor scale.

And yes, everything is written in some sort of scale / mode. You may not consciously know you are "writing" music in a scale, but all music is based on scales and keys, even non-Western music.