Posted by Pat Harrington on August 30, 2000 at 16:56:53:
In Reply to: Re: Practicing Scales posted by rob on August 29, 2000 at 01:41:07:
: : 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
: personally I think you should dump learning and practicing scales and instead practice triads, arpeggios and the chordal scale. Get to know where those notes are. But this is just my opinion.
>>>>>> I don't spend a lot of time with scales, although a good
working knowledge of them is imperative....Your time is
better spent on chord construction, harmony, cycling,
common song structure, and developing "relative pitch".
I've been doing TONS of freelance work as of late, as sort
of a "hired gun". A lot of the songs I'm required to play
aren't always familiar, and charts are not always available,
so being able to have a fast ear is critical. If you have
those things I mentioned above down cold, it makes getting
work easier, and learning new material 100 times faster..\
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