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  • Scales and Arpeggios

    By J.P. Dias

    Absolute Beginners

    Copyright 2004-2005

    Josu Becerra Bernldez, 2015

  • To Paula

  • Contents

    1. Basic of Reading Music.........................9

    2. Major Modes........................................10

    3. Pentatonic Scales................................30

    4. Minor Scales........................................24

    6. Triads...................................................37

    7. Arpeggios.............................................38

    5. Symmetrical Diminished............................32

    Introduction................................................8

  • Introduction

    8

    The purpose of this book is to help beginner bassist to find the easiest way to play scales, triads and arpeggios.All the examples are written in the key of C in order to make easerthe scale comparison.Most scales can be played in more than two positions, so that I wouldsuggest to find all possible roots and play the same fingering showed, also play them in different keys.This book is not intended to be a method and I strongly recommend to find a qualified teacher to help you assimilate the information on this book.

    Have Fun

  • Basics of Reading Music

    The fundamentals of music are pitch and rhythm which are placed in a grid of five lines and four spaces called Staff. Bass Players Read Bass Clef. The symbol of the Bass Clef is derivedfrom the old German way of writing F. The two dots on the right of the bass clef symbol surround the line on which F pitch is written.

    The notes above are all natural however any of this notes can be raised or lowered a half step by placing a accidental, sharp (#) or flat (b) right before it. When an accidental occurs,it applies to the whole measure unless it is cancelled out with another accidental.

    Sharp (#) Raises a note one half step.Flat (b) Lowers a notes one half step.

    Natural (n) Cancells an accidental previously used.

    F / G# b G / A# b A / B# b C / D# b D / E# b F / G# b G / A # b A / B# b C / D # b

    9

    Note: The distance between B and C and E and F is a half step, thats way there's no # or b in between those notes.

    J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Ionian

    Scale

    Cmaj7C

    ArpeggioTriad

    Cmaj7C

    Major Modes

    3rd Fret 3rd Fret 3rd Fret

    8th Fret 8th Fret 8th Fret

    C

    3rd Fret 3rd Fret 3rd Fret

    8th Fret 8th Fret 8th Fret

    Ionian Scale

    Fingering

    C

    IonianC

    10 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Ionian Scale (Imaj7)CExercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 5

    11J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Scale ArpeggioTriad

    D Dorian

    D Dorian

    Dm

    Dm7Dm

    Dm7

    5th Fret

    5th Fret 5th Fret

    10th Fret

    10th Fret 10th Fret

    Dorian ScaleD

    Fingering

    Major Modes

    12 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Exercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Dorian Scale (IIm7)D

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    13J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Scale ArpeggioTriad

    Em

    Em7Em

    Em7PhrygianE

    PhrygianE

    12th Fret* 12th Fret* 12th Fret*

    7th Fret 7th Fret 7th Fret

    va*This Scale, Triad and Arpeggio could be played one 8 Lower Starting from E open String

    Phrygian ScaleE

    Fingering

    Major Modes

    14 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Exercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    Phrygian Scale (IIIm7)E

    15J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Lydian

    Scale

    Fmaj7F

    ArpeggioTriad

    Fmaj7F

    8th Fret

    1st Fret

    F

    LydianF

    8th Fret 8th Fret

    (Open String)

    1st Fret 1st Fret

    (Open String) (Open String)

    Lydian ScaleF

    Fingering

    Major Modes

    16 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Exercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    Lydian Scale (IVmaj7)F

    17J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Mixolydian

    Scale

    G7G

    ArpeggioTriad

    G

    3rd Fret 3rd Fret 3rd Fret

    G

    MixolydianG G7

    10th Fret 10th Fret 10th Fret

    Mixolydian ScaleG

    Fingering

    Major Modes

    18 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Exercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    Mixolydian Scale (V7)G

    19J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Scale ArpeggioTriad

    Am

    Am7Am

    Am7AeolianA

    AeolianA

    5th Fret 5th Fret 5th Fret

    12th Fret 12th Fret 12th Fret

    Aeolian Scale

    Fingering

    A

    Major Modes

    20 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Exercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    Aeolian Scale (VIm7)A

    21J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Scale ArpeggioTriad

    Bm7LocrianB

    7th Fret 7th Fret 7th Fret

    14th Fret 14th Fret 14th Fret

    LocrianB

    b5b5

    Bm7b5b5B

    B

    Locrian Scale

    Fingering

    B

    Major Modes

    22 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Exercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    b5Locrian Scale (VIIm7 )B

    23J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Scale ArpeggioTriad

    Minor Scales

    Natural MinorC

    Natural MinorC

    Cm Cm7

    3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    Cm7Cm

    Natural Minor Scale

    Fingering

    C

    24

    3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Exercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    Natural Minor (Aeolian Scale)C

    25J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Scale ArpeggioTriad

    Cm

    Cm

    Cm(maj7)HarmonicC

    8th Fret

    3rd Fret

    Minor

    3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    Cm(maj7)HarmonicC Minor

    Harmonic Minor Scale

    Fingering

    C

    Minor Scales Cont.

    26 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Harmonic MinorCExercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    27J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Scale Triad

    Cm

    Cm

    3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    Melodic MinorCAscending

    Melodic MinorCAscending

    Melodic MinorCDescending

    Melodic MinorCDescending

    Melodic Minor Scale

    Fingering

    CAscending Descending

    Minor Scales Cont.

    28

    3rd Fret

    3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    8th Fret

    J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Melodic MinorCExercise 1a

    Exercise 1b

    Exercise 2b

    Exercise 2a

    Exercise 3

    29J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Minor Pentatonic

    Pentatonic Scales

    Major Pentatonic

    ()

    Blues Scale

    Minor PentatonicMajor PentatonicPlayed on 4 strings Played on 4 strings

    ()

    Blues ScalePlayed on 4 strings

    3rd Fret

    3rd Fret 3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    8th Fret 8th Fret

    C C C

    CCC

    Fingering

    Major Pentatonic C Minor Pentatonic C Blues Scale C( )

    30 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Exercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    Major Pentatonic C

    Major Pentatonic C

    Minor Pentatonic C

    Blues ScaleC

    Pentatonic Scales Cont.

    31

    Major Pentatonic C

    J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Scale ArpeggioTriad

    3rd Fret 3rd Fret

    8th Fret 8th Fret

    Symmetrical DiminishedWhole/Half Step

    C

    Symmetrical DiminishedWhole/Half Step

    C

    Fingering

    Whole/Half Step

    C C7

    C C7

    Symetrical Diminished

    3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    C Symmetrical Diminished

    32 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Symmetrical Diminished Whole/Half StepCExercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    33J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Half/Whole StepSymmetrical DiminishedC

    Half/Whole Step

    Half/Whole StepC

    Half/Whole StepSymmetrical Diminished

    ArpeggioTriad

    3rd Fret 3rd Fret

    8th Fret 8th Fret

    C C7

    C C7

    Symetrical Diminished

    Fingering

    C Symmetrical DiminishedHalf/Whole Step

    3rd Fret

    8th Fret

    Scale

    34 J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Symmetrical Diminished Half/Whole StepCExercise 1

    Exercise 2

    Exercise 4

    Exercise 3

    Exercise 5

    35J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • C Cm C

    CsusC+

    Triads

    37J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios

  • Arpeggios

    J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios38

  • Arpeggios Cont.

    3rd Fret

    Cmaj7

    Cm7

    Cm7(b5)C7

    Cm(maj7)

    C7

    C+maj7

    C+7

    Csus7

    3rd Fret3rd Fret

    3rd Fret

    3rd Fret3rd Fret

    3rd Fret3rd Fret

    3rd Fret

    J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios 39

  • Arpeggios Cont.Cm6C6

    3rd Fret3rd Fret

    J.P. Diass Scales & Arpeggios40

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