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So in in capturing the electric bass we
have an instrument here
that's tuned in fourths.
Fourths simply means that
the distance between the name of
each string is four notes
in the major scale.
So the lowest note is E [SOUND].
Then we walk up four notes,
one, two, three, four.
We have an A string next.
And we walk up another four
notes of the major scale.
And we have a D string and we walk up
another four notes, one, two, three, four
We have G.
So it's
E, A, D, G.
Eat at Doug's grill.
So those are the,
that's how the instrument is tuned.
It's tuned the same as an acoustic bass
and the lower four strings of a guitar.
So we're in fourths and the bass stays in
fourths even when we add multi strings
later on, like if you play a five
string bass or a six string bass.
We pretty much always stay
in the tuning of a fourth.
So those are the notes
of a four string bass.
So, if you're new to music in general,
and the base, we're talking about notes,
we're talking about pitches.
On every fret, and you see these
little silver things, they're frets.
Every fret there's a note.
[SOUND] You get a note.
It's a pitch.
A note is just a pitch.
And notes are organized in
different ways in music.
And one of the ways they're
organized is in the form of scales.
So scales are a seven note
collection, seven notes collected
into a unit called a scale.
And scales,
there are major sounding scales, and
there are minor sounding scales.
There's all kinds of different scales.
The one that you've probably heard
before in your life is a major scale.
And that's one of the most basic and
prominent scales in all of music,
in western music.
So there's scales, and also when you take
the scale and
you stack notes a third apart.
You get what is called a triad,
and that builds our basic chords.
We'll be dealing with some triads soon,
and how you flesh them out on the base.
Triads are based on the root of the scale,
the third note of the scale and
the fifth note of the scale.
That's the basic sound
we're talking about.
So there's major [SOUND] and
there's minor.
[SOUND] So that's some basic ideas of
what notes, scales, and triads are.