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Jazz Bass Lessons: 3 Octave Major Scales

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[MUSIC]
Now we're going to concentrate
on the three octave major scales.
We're going to go from the low E,
all the way to the B, three octaves,
because as we get up to the top of
the neck, when we're playing pizzicato,
any farther than that on
this particular bass.
And most basses i think, the notes get
choked off, and these are notes that
are not quite as useful as some of
the ones lower down in thumb position.
That's why I'd like to concentrate more on
the practical areas, the thumb position,
which with pizzicato anyways from here to
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stopping at the high G.
So, we'll go up to the B, just to be
a little thorough, try to get you passed
that G a little bit, but I think we get
into the law of diminishing returns when
we go further than that pizzicato because
you can't actually hold onto the note and
make it ring long enough for
people to hear the pitch.
Let's start with E major,
I'm just going to call out the fingerings,
now you call out the notes at home and
do both, but
I'm going to give you the fingerings
because this is kind of key right now.
Open one four open one four one
one four one one four one four
one four thumb one three one two
three three two one three one
thumb four one four one four one.
One, four, one, one, four,
one, open, four, one, open.
F major, three octaves,
I'm going to call the fingers going up and
I'm just gonna come down,
the fingers are the same going
down as they are coming up and
I want you to watch my hand.
Okay?
One four open two four
open two four one four
two four open thumb,
one, two, one, four, two, three.
I'm sorry.
That's open, one, two,
one, three, two, three.
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That's F major.
Now F sharp major, and
there are PDF sheets of all these scales.
The don't have the fingerings on them,
I'm gonna give you the fingerings now,
so pay close attention to the fingerings
and then when you have the sheets at home,
you can start working on
your own fingerings too.
And later on, as I get videos from
you I can check if your fingerings
are really ergonomic and making sense and
helping you to play in tune.
Okay, F sharp major.
One, four.
One, one, four, one two four.
One, two, four.
One, four.
Two, four.
Thumb.
One, two.
One, three.
Two, three.
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Like
that.
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That's F sharp major.
G major, three octaves.
Four open two four open
one four open one four one
four one four thumb one,
three, one, three,
one, two, three
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that's G major,
three octaves.
A flat major.
Three octaves.
Four, one, two, four.
One, four, open, one, four, two,
four, one, four, O, which is thumb.
T actually, thumb.
One three one two three
[SOUND] one two three.
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You notice how I'm
hesitating a little bit between
strings to show you how many
fingers on each string.
So when I come back here
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each position.
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That's A flat major.
Three octaves.
Now A major.
Three octaves.
Open, one four.
Open, one four.
One, two, four.
Two, four.
One, four.
Thumb, one, three, one, two,
three, one, two, three.
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That's A major,
three octaves.
Okay, B flat major, three octaves.
This one goes quite high.
Up here, it's not so practical,
sometimes the notes get a little shorter.
It's hard to keep them sustaining,
especially if you're not using the bow.
In the interest of being thorough
I'm going to show you some of these.
B flat major, three octaves.
One four open one four open two four.
One, Four.
One, Four.
Thumb, one, two.
One, four.
One, four.
That's one, two, three.
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That's B flat major,
three octaves.
B major scale, three octaves.
One four one one four one two four.
One four one four thumb one
two one four one four
one two four
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B major, three octaves.
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