#1
After all this stuff about a guitarist not wanting to learn theory, I have realised I would like to learn theory. I did a search and sure things came up but I have no Idea where to start. So might anyone point me in the right direction to start with? Like what part of theory should I begin learning? I don't know much. But if someone can point me in the right direction I'll take it from there. So any help?

Thanks in advance.
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#2
start with the blues scale.
and get a good theory book. I use Bass Playing for Dummies.
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#3
learn what intervals are, then learn what a major scale is. Learn how to play a major scale. The major scale is the foundation for all musical theory.
#5
musictheory.net is good. Also, if you are into books a good place to start is "The complete idiot's guide to music theory". Despite the title, its a good solid volume and covers basic to intermediate theory.
#6
Here's another great site for bass theory...

www.studybass.com/

I've just been learning music theory on my own, and once i figued out what was what with scales and chords, I totally feel that i've got a good handle on constructing bass lines that really flow well. Just learn a bit at a time and it will all become clear!
#7
for rock and blues the key is pentatonic scales. i'd also recommend starting with some intervals, it'll help your ear immeasurably.
#8
id always start with the major scale. Almost all chordal theory is based on intervals, which is based on the major scale.


Learn the ins and outs of the major scale, then learn your basic natural minor. Then learn modes of the major, then how to form chords... then by then take it wherever you want to go.
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id always start with the major scale. Almost all chordal theory is based on intervals, which is based on the major scale.


Learn the ins and outs of the major scale, then learn your basic natural minor. Then learn modes of the major, then how to form chords... then by then take it wherever you want to go.


Yeah start with the C Major, since it has to sharps or flats.
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G-------------------5-7-8-7-5--------------------
D---------------5-7------------7-5----------------
A--------5-6-7---------------------7-6-5---------
E---5--8-----------------------------------8--5---

This is the Blues Scale in A. Like thehumanity said, learn this. You should learn other scales, but if you are playing rock, this is an important scale to know along with major and minor pentatonic scales which you'll probably learn later. Props for realizing to learn theory. Too many guitarists know just how to play songs.
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Any suggestions for comprehensive scale books? Recently discovered the importance of theory as well.


Serious Electric Bass- Joel Di Bartolo
Fretbord Alchemy- Scott Hubbell

Those are probably the two best scale books around.
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G-------------------5-7-8-7-5--------------------
D---------------5-7------------7-5----------------
A--------5-6-7---------------------7-6-5---------
E---5--8-----------------------------------8--5---

This is the Blues Scale in A. Like thehumanity said, learn this. You should learn other scales, but if you are playing rock, this is an important scale to know along with major and minor pentatonic scales which you'll probably learn later. Props for realizing to learn theory. Too many guitarists know just how to play songs.


Oh I'm not a guitarist, I'm a Bassist . There was just this thread posted around the time when i posted this one talking about someones guitarist not wanting to learn theory. But thanks everybody for the suggestions!
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#14
Get the Guitar Grimoire. Its a really nice book of scales i bought about a month ago.
Since its made for guitars you just need to know not to look at the last two strings (duh). Their site. I really recommend it if you got about 25$ CDN laying around, but for theory This is a great site.
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G-------------------5-7-8-7-5--------------------
D---------------5-7------------7-5----------------
A--------5-6-7---------------------7-6-5---------
E---5--8-----------------------------------8--5---.

Am I crazy or is this eerily similar to a minor pentatonic scale?
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Am I crazy or is this eerily similar to a minor pentatonic scale?
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The blues scale is a hexatonic scale consisting of the minor pentatonic scale plus the ♯4 or ♭5 degree.
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Get the Guitar Grimoire. Its a really nice book of scales i bought about a month ago.
Since its made for guitars you just need to know not to look at the last two strings (duh). Their site. I really recommend it if you got about 25$ CDN laying around, but for theory This is a great site.

There is a Bass Grimoire book as well. I'm not sure of the major differences, but I'd assume you'd be set with the Bass Grimoire. I can't imagine that the Guitar Grimoire has more "information."

Regardless, the book WILL NOT really explain theory. It has some info in it, but if you're new to theory, it might just confuse you. Either way, it's an extremely handy manual and a very comprehensive list of scales and the like. I'd suggest it 100% for scales and stuff, but for actually learning theory and the basics, I would suggest Bass Guitar For Dummies.

I heard Fretboard Alchemy is a good buy, too. I've never read into it or even looked that much into it; I only heard it was good.
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#19
Bass Grimoire is a dictionary of scales and appropriate fretboard patterns. Its useful for finding the scale patterns up and down the fretboard. Period.
#20
Just started playing myself - I use Beginning Bass Scales by Peter Pickow for scales. Also you cant go wrong with Bass Guitar for Dummies.