The Minor Pentatonic

The Minor Pentatonic and how to Use it on a 4 String Bass.

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The way I remember the Pentatonic Scale is by remembering the 5 Shapes and giving them rememberable names. (The following Scales are in E Minor) Shape 1
G|-0-2-|
D|-0-2-|
A|-0-2-|
E|-0-3-|
Give it a unique Name. Shape 2
G|-2-4-|
D|-2-5-|
A|-2-5-|
E|-3-5-|
Shape 3 (Quite a similar pattern to Shape 1)
G|-4-7-|
D|-5-7-|
A|-5-7-|
E|-5-7-|
Shape 4
G|-7-9--|
D|-7-9--|
A|-7-10-|
E|-7-10-|
Shape 5
G|-9--12-|
D|-9--12-|
A|-10-12-|
E|-10-12-|
Improvising The Minor Pentatonic May be used for Improvising and possibly Soloing. Making it a good thing to use. You may have noticed I stopped at the Twelth Fret. that's because there are only 12 Notes... E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B, C, C# D, D#. To go higher, just repeat those shapes. Also remember that these shapes are in the Key of Emin. To go to G for example, Shape 1 starts on the 3rd Fret, and the rest of the shapes follow after (and repeat behind) Here are all the Frets you can use using the Shapes.
G|-0-2-4-7--9-12-|
D|-0-2-5-7--9-12-|
A|-0-2-5-7-10-12-|
E|-0-3-5-7-10-12-|
So that means the notes you can use are... E, G, A, B, D. Remember to practice those Scales, try improvising with the Pentatonic and enjoy!

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    matts world
    message to everyone (what is easier) electric guitar or bass guitar,and im an advanced guitarist that wants to play the bass, would it be easy?
    boriseaves
    matts world wrote: message to everyone (what is easier) electric guitar or bass guitar,and im an advanced guitarist that wants to play the bass, would it be easy?
    the biggest prob for you would be using your fingers but u can easily use a pick, after that you should adjust quick
    kustomhead
    The biggest deal about a guitar play switching to bass, is learning to think as a bass palyer.I know that may sound stupid,but it is a different mind set.
    BBallin1337
    Once you learn how to walk you should be able to play simple lines, but if you wanna do solos and stuff you prolly should learn how to slap and pop. Try Can't Stop by RHCP, its a good starter song.
    fretless323
    true dat, I picked up bass out of necessity when i first collaborated w others at age 18 and I have been hooked ever since. It is true u must think like a bass player w harmony and melody, but you can still incorporate guitar technique into songs to fill up the sound. It's a versatile, powerful instrument that vibrates the spine of the audience. I like that.
    Ruination
    Thanks for the lesson dude! Thats a great idea to name scales to remember them.
    zorbozate
    You Have done an exell. job!! Thank-you for not trying to make it complacated!!