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Electric Bass Lessons: Relative Keys

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So when you're playing the bass,
every key you're in relates to another
key, in that the same notes.
In the scale applied to another key, and
you use the same exact notes.
For instance, if you're in the key of C.
The relative minor of C major is A.
So if we go up a sixth.
And we take the A [SOUND] in relation to,
ship to the C,
[SOUND] the notes in the A minor [SOUND]
are the same as the notes in the C major.
a good way to get an understanding on this
is, is go to a piano and
play the c major scale and then play the a
minor scale.
And they all use the white keys, and they
all use the same notes.
So, the reason this is helpful, is if
you're playing in a minor and
looking for some notes to play either base
line or while you're soloing.
You know that A Minor will work but C
Major will also work.
So what I'd like you to do is learn all
the relative.
Major and minor keys.
And it's very easy, once again,
you just count up a sixth from your tonic
so if it's C [SOUND],
C-major the relative minor is A, up six
from the C [SOUND].
And you should learn these relative keys
in all the keys