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Posted by paige on January 31, 2000 at 06:44:43:

In Reply to: scales. posted by slateface on January 30, 2000 at 18:53:47:

: Does anyone know where i can find any information on learning new scales.
: i'm interested in every thing from standard major scales to mixed olidian but i don't really know where to start with learning theory. i'm pretty bright and can learn on my own but i don't know where to look for charts.
: thanks,
: slateface

It is my opinion that you start with learning how chords are put together, first, for several reasons:
1. You will get a more immediate "return" on your efforts. As you start to play charts, you will be able to improve your sight reading immensely. If you wish to solo, you will also be able to quickly build a solo from within the chords themselves, with the added benefit of knowing where you are, and knowing why what you are playing fits. Learn the arpeggios (the notes of a chord) up and down your bass guitar and start there.
2. Once you have a good start on how chords are put together, start looking at the modes and scales. You will have a foundation to better understand them then, i.e. you will know why a D Dorian scale can be played over a Dm7 chord...

Scales and modes have their place... but I am a convert to the thought that knowing your chord structure is the place to start as a bassist.
Hope this helps. You have come to a good place for advice and opinions.

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