Re: Practicing Scales


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Posted by El Pájaro on August 29, 2000 at 06:35:07:

In Reply to: Practicing Scales posted by Kyla on August 28, 2000 at 21:13:41:

: Hi Again, Bass Gurus...

: I have a question about practicing scales. I've been working on memorizing the fingerboard. I'm doing pretty well so far - I have the major scales in the basic fingering position, and down the neck - so I have almost all the natural notes on the fingerboard. I'm just using the basic fingering for major scales (2,4 - 1, 2, 4 - 1, 3, 4).

: I've got two people who are advising/coaching me as I learn the basics. One showed me 5 more ways to finger the major scales and suggested I learn these before moving on to learning the Modes. The other said, nah - just go ahead and learn the Modes now, using the basic fingering, then shift and learn a couple fingering variations and integrate those later.

: What do you guys think would be the best approach?

: Thanks for all your helpful advice.

: Kyla


Yo Kyla,
This is just my opinion (different points of view, as always, are welcome and will only enrich this discussion).
If you already know how to play major scales all over the neck, then I'd suggest you to learn the modes rather than make your life difficult by trying to learn alternative fingerings. Strange enough, when you learn the modes you'll find it's not that difficult, since many fingerings will be practically the same as those you learnt while practicing your major scales, but still I'd rather have a solid knowledge of scales & modes all over the fingerboard and only then I'd go into alternative fingerings. It just makes a lot more sense to me.
Just my two cents' worth. Buena suerte and keep that bass up front in the mix,

El Pájaro



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