#1
Lately ive been getting more involved with musical theory, learning how read and write songs and even learning about scales.
One thing i want to know is what the most common scales if any?
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#2
might wanna try mixolydian. most commonly found in blues or jazz and very helpful for bassists.

Bb mixolydian scale:

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--------------------------5---6---8----
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#5
well them ost common is the minor aka Aeolian. however; also you should check out some wierd scales like my favorite scale the hungarian major scale which goes

root, #2 , 3, #4, 5 , 6 b7
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#6
Im not sure what the most common are but I got this cool thing from a book store called The Bass Deck. Its a mini book in the shape of a bass neck with frets and each scale has a different page that shows where to fret and what fingers to use. Its handy.
#7
I gotta say Dorian is pretty common. I mean, what other scale can boast being used in two epic songs from the opposite ends of the music spectrum: So What by Miles Davis, and Rapper's Delight by The Sugar Hill Gang. Nevermind countless, countless funk charts. Awesome scale.
#10
In progressive rock I find that the blues scale comes up a fair bit (Coheed & Cambria) but other rock groups often use minor or major pentatonics. But hey, there are no rules about which scale to use, just use your ears
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^ I doubt he needs to know about progressive when he's just starting to learn Scales.
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^ I doubt he needs to know about progressive when he's just starting to learn Scales.

If someone is getting 'more involved with theory and scales' like the TS said, and like me too, I see nothing wrong with learning some prog, or any other challenging genre: jazz, funk, etc, etc.

I'm not exactly going to say: play some Blink 182 and you can see that Mr Hoppus uses the major scale exclusively in bla, bla..

EDIT: also I'm focussed on learning quite a lot of Rush at the moment so maybe my mindset got in the way of the thread.
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#14
Learn minor pentatonic scales, learn to play them really fast, just stand there, and solo like Entwistle. Seriously, throw in some chromatics and play them as 16ths at about 145bpm and that's pretty much the blueprint of the 5:15 solo.
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I quite like the Phrygian scale myself!


Me too, I never use it though, but my guitarist does alot.

Learn the major, minor, pentatonic and blues, they take the same shape everywhere so you only need to learn it once, twice if you want to use open strings, but otherwise it's pretty easy. Then learn your modes.
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#16
Pentatonic - major + minor
Blues scale (a minor pentatonic with an added #4/b5)
Major scale + modes
Harmonic minor
Melodic minor.

Those are what you need to learn, and that order is roughly how much they come up in most popular genres today.

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Learn the major, minor, pentatonic and blues, they take the same shape everywhere so you only need to learn it once, twice if you want to use open strings, but otherwise it's pretty easy. Then learn your modes.



Learning shapes is not a great idea otherwise you get stuck playing "in the box", jsut recycling the same 10-15 licks over and over again. Much better to learn all the notes on the fretboard, the notes that make the scale and then you can play notes which fit that scale anywhere on the fretboard.

Shapes are a great aid in learning the notes of the scale I find, but if all you learn are shapes then yopu're stuck with that knowledge of scales on only one instrument.
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#17
ive really stop taking intrest in alot of my fav bands (blink, sum 41, etc) But lately ive been really into Qotsa and Foo fighters. Im gonna learn the scales that sinan90 mentioned and take thefitz advice
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