2 Octave Open Position Major Scales For Bass Guitar

This is a listing of all the open position Major scales for bass guitar, in two octaves, written in tab.

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The following is a listing of all the open position Major scales for bass guitar, in two octaves, written in tab. The reason I decided to post this was because my guitar teacher at my school, Dr. Frank DiBussolo, is teaching my guitar technique class about open scales. He says that they're good to know when soloing. So I figured I would help you to not waste your time and figure them all out like I did by posting them here. Don't forget to comment me and check out my profile. Their in the order of the Circle of fifths, sharps first then flats. C Major
G[---------0-2-4-5-7-9-10-12-14-16-17-]
D[---0-2-3----------------------------]
A[-3----------------------------------]
E[------------------------------------]
   C D E F G A B C D E F  G  A  B  C
G Major
G[---------------0-2-4-5-7-9-11-12-]
D[---------0-2-4-------------------]
A[---0-2-3-------------------------]
E[-3-------------------------------]
   G A B C D E F#G A B C D E F# G
D Major
G[-------0-2-4-6-7-9-11-12-14-16-18-19-]
D[-0-2-4-------------------------------]
A[-------------------------------------]
E[-------------------------------------]
   D E F#G A B C#D E F# G  A  B  C# D
A Major
G[-------------1-2-4-6-7-9-11-13-14-]
D[-------0-2-4----------------------]
A[-0-2-4----------------------------]
E[----------------------------------]
   A B C#D E F#G#A B C#D E F# G# A
E Major
G[-------------------1-2-4-6-8-9-]
D[-------------1-2-4-------------]
A[-------0-2-4-------------------]
E[-0-2-4-------------------------]
   E F#G#A B C#D#E F#G#A B C#D#E
B Major (If you call it an open scale, it doesent use any open strings, same thing as Cb Major.)
G[-----------1-3-4-6-8-9-11-13-15-16-]
D[-----1-2-4-------------------------]
A[-2-4-------------------------------]
E[-----------------------------------]
   B C#D#E F#G#A#B C#D#E F# G# A# B
F# Major (Again, no open strings, same thing as Gb Major.)
G[-----------------1-3-4-6-8-10-11-]
D[-----------1-3-4-----------------]
A[-----1-2-4-----------------------]
E[-2-4-----------------------------]
   F#G#A#B C#D#E#F#G#A#B C#D#E# F#
C# Major (no open strings, same thing as Db Major.)
G[---------1-3-5-6-8-10-11-13-15-17-18-]
D[---1-3-4-----------------------------]
A[-4-----------------------------------]
E[-------------------------------------]
   C#D#E#F#G#A#B#C#D#E# F# G# A# B# C#
Bb Major
G[-----------0-2-3-5-7-8-10-12-14-15-]
D[-----0-1-3-------------------------]
A[-1-3-------------------------------]
E[-----------------------------------]
   BbC D EbF G A BbC D EbF  G  A  Bb
Eb Major
G[-----0-1-3-5-7-8-10-12-13-15-17-19-20-]
D[-1-3----------------------------------]
A[--------------------------------------]
E[--------------------------------------]
   EbF G AbBbC D EbF  G  Ab Bb C  D  Eb
Ab Major
G[-------------0-1-3-5-6-8-10-12-13-]
D[---------1-3----------------------]
A[---1-3-4--------------------------]
E[-4--------------------------------]
   AbBbC DbEbF G AbBbC DbEbf  G  Ab
Db Major (no open strings, same thing as C# Major.)
G[---------1-3-5-6-8-10-11-13-15-17-18-]
D[---1-3-4-----------------------------]
A[-4-----------------------------------]
E[-------------------------------------]
   DbEbF GbAbBbC DbEbF  Gb Ab Bb C  Db
Gb Major (no open strings, same as F# Major
G[-----------------1-3-4-6-8-10-11-]
D[-----------1-3-4-----------------]
A[-----1-2-4-----------------------]
E[-2-4-----------------------------]
   GbAbBbCbDbEbF GbAbBbCbDbEbF  Gb
Cb Major (no open strings, same thing as B Major.)
G[-----------1-3-4-6-8-9-11-13-15-16-]
D[-----1-2-4-------------------------]
A[-2-4-------------------------------]
E[-----------------------------------]
   CbDbEbFbGbAbBbCbDbEbFbGb Ab Bb Cb

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    chrisbass69
    This is not the right patterns for 2 octave scales....this will do more harm than good as no bass guitar book teaches these weird patterns
    chrisbass69
    Why are you teaching people these ?This is not the right patterns for 2 octave scales....this will do more harm than good as no bass guitar book teaches these weird patterns
    drowe
    Was wondering if you know any good sites for the scales diagrams for the the above scales if u have it would b a huge help in figuring the full scales out
    Thatsbassiclyiy
    The numbers are the frets you press down on each of the strings
    Samraj Martin wrote: wat s d meanin of tose numbers
    The numbers are the frets you press down on each of the strings And thankyou LoveThyBass's It helped
    mossberg12gage
    i'm just learning how to play bass and i think this is really going to help thanks for your help man!