Major Scale Improvisation Exercise #2 (L#78)

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In this bass lesson you’re going to learn how to use intervalic shapes and patterns within your bass solos, and how important they can be.

When you listen to a great bass player soloing it can seem effortless, almost like the notes and ideas are just flowing out of them. Well that’s true to a certain extent, but there is ALWAYS method behind the madness ;)… everything they’re playing within there solo is interval related and I guarantee they’ll be either thinking of that while playing, or more likely be ‘hearing’ that while playing. Either way, there is a thought process behind it. Imagine if you spoke without actual thinking about what you were speaking about about… it’d sound pretty strange wouldn’t it! Just random words! Well soloing or simply just playing the bass is just the same – there needs to be some sort of thought process behind it otherwise it would just sound like a random mess of notes.

Using intervallic ideas within your soloing lines can really start to open up the sound and texture of your solos and help you break away from just running up and down scales aimlessly. Getting these types of ideas into your soloing lines is a must, and once you do you’ll start to hear that EVERYONE… sax players, piano players, you name it – they use these same techniques!

This lesson will take your bass soloing to the next level!

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  • Alexander

    Hi Scott, many many thanks for all the work you are doing for all us bassplayers.
    Just seeing you with your enthousiasm and the pleasant personality that you are is such a joy and a feelgood experiece. I truly hope that one day I will be able to play the bass like you.
    May you have a wonderful christmas and a marvelous new year and may you produce many more of these great videos. From my heart I wish you and your family all the best that this universe has to offer.
    Love and light from a very sunny Lanzarote. (25 degrees with clear blue skies)
    Kind regards,

  • John

    Great lesson, maestro. I will be adding this one to my daily practice regimen. God bless, Scott… and Merry Christmas.

  • Dave C

    another great lesson and as I ran through it it came to me.. and maybe this was obvious or I missed it in the video but work these ’3rds’ ascending and descending through the scale. Just as I was getting comfortable working them ascending, I tried walking them back down through the scale and made me re-visualize the patterns.

    • Lee K

      I had this same problem while working on the previous lesson: I knew the ascending patterns well, starting with each of three different fingers, but when I tried switching between patterns I discovered that after going up one way, I couldn’t find my way back down another way. It then occurred to me, to my horror, that this is true for pretty much every scale, mode, and arpeggio that I’ve ever learned! I certainly know now what I need to work on….

      I’ll bet that this is a pretty common problem. Scott, maybe it would be good idea in future lessons to give equal time to descending patterns? These are all the kinds of things that one literally has to know “backwards and forwards,” right?

      • scott

        Great idea Lee! Thanks for watching man! Scott ;)

  • Eugene

    Awesome lesson! I pray that you and your family be blessed and victorious in all your doing Scott!

  • Cheryl Muradas

    Thank you so much Scott for another fantastic lesson. I have been practicing this one daily. Have a blessed New Year!

  • allan

    Body, you are a great brother. Thanks for teaching and sharing.

    Greeting from L.A

  • Maddalena

    wow!!! :))) thanks

  • Ash

    Hi Scott another great lesson,just what I was looking for,starting to make sense.
    You are a great teacher and player too.
    all the best for the new year
    South Africa

  • Peter E.

    Ur lessons have really helped me. Remain blessed

  • G-rom

    I got mail and whoooot, amazing stuff like always ! Happy new year Scott and thank you so much !

  • Herman

    Happy new year from Belgium dear Scott and thank you for the great lessons!

  • J

    GREAT Lesson! Thank you.

  • James

    Actually saying, “linear”, “thirds”, and “arpeggio” while soloing has definitely opened up some ideas for my own improvisational pieces. Thanks!

  • William Tiffany

    I tried to download the ‘free’ PDF associated with your new intervallic video but it fails. Actually it tries to put me over to Amazon downloader but hangs up.

    • scott

      Hey William, can you try doing it through a different browser as that could be the issue. Cheers. Scott ;)

  • Max

    Thank you very much for taking the time to share and explain. This lesson blew my mind !
    Happy new year from Paris !

  • Martin

    Great lesson Scott. I just start to practise interval fingerings recently and it helps me to improve speed and precision. I am practising also other intervals like 5ths and 6ths.

    But your lesson takes it to musical level. Keep it, I am watching you :)

  • Steve

    Another great lesson Scott. Many thanks.

  • Steve

    Love the third pattern! That’s going to be a favourite of mine with all scales for sure! Thanks Scott.

  • Andras

    What kind of effect did you use in this lesson? Your sound is great:)
    Greeting from Budapest.

    • scott

      Just a tiny bit of reverb. The rest is just me and the bass. Thanks for watching Andras! scott ;)

  • Stelios

    amazing how to open my mind this lesson. happy new year and be strong. thanx Stelios

  • Steve Rogers

    Thank you again Scott for another well thought out and superbly presented lesson.
    I hope your cold is gone by now!

  • Tom Lilienthal

    Another great lesson, Scott. Been doing a bit of traveling over the holidays but after watching your video, I’m anxious to ‘get back to it!’

  • SAUL

    Thanks to its teachings, I learned a lot from them even though our languages ​​are different

  • sean

    class.happy christmas.

  • Nebojša

    I´m gonna practice this to death. You are the best teacher out there for sure. Thanks a lot and take care of that cold, you sound terrible.

  • Dave G.

    Reveals a lot of the mystery behind improv. Thanks for all the lessons!

  • JoshL

    thanks scott these lessons really help keep em coming, but if you could do a more in deph lesson on the modes and how to use them that would be great. cheers.

  • MitchD

    Hey Scott, thanks so much for taking the time to make these lessons! They’ve been the most helpful tool I have found as a guitar player transitioning to bass. I’ve been playing music for the past 8 years but You’ve helped me to get a much deeper understanding of it over the past few months. You’ve re-inspired me to put the work in to really progress! I have one question for you though: What bass do you play? I’ve scoured the web and I just don’t recognize the logo? Thanks again mate!

  • Luis

    Great Lessons Scott appreciate them
    thnx & God bless hope your New Years Rocks!


  • Tino

    Gracias Scott

  • mindthegap

    Great video! you sound great.

    I just can’t get it to sound that melodic. I’ve been playing for about 10 months and my playing is still choppy, my fingers spaz out and do their own thing on the fretboard!

    • Aidan

      Just keep playing man. It’ll take years before your finger and ears are trained to be melodic.

  • Laurence Day

    all i can say is ooh shit! ive been improvising for ages and never really came across these types of patterns, they don’t really come up in rgt grades or anything, but wow my improv skill doubled after one video! thanks very much!!!!!

  • Don Walker

    Hey Scott. Why do you wear BLACK gloves sometines? It makes seeing your left hand fingers very hard and in your lesson you move so fast. I am new to your lessons and I hope to get more into how you teach and maybe then I can keep up. I have only been playing bass since 1969 so you would think I would know how by now. BTW, in 1969 I also wore a black glove while playing in a soul band in Muscle Shoals Alabama USA. Great site and thanks for the lessons.

  • Les Walmsley

    WOW! thank you. So much great stuff here. I got the PDFs from donating. It is so nice to have the tab and follow along. Scott you have helped me so much. THANK YOU.

  • Juan Lepiz

    Your lessons are just awesome!! I’ve learned so much from watching this videos! thank you so much!
    greetings from Costa Rica!

  • Ghandimaster

    Thank you. This is harder than 1st one. I dont get how you are talking about Lyonian and 3rd?? I thought this is all B major scale.

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