Bass Scales

Bass scales in tab, notation and movable scale diagrams. A complete reference for bass guitarists of all styles and levels of experience. Use these scales in your basslines, songwriting, riffs and improvisation.

All of the bass scales included here are shown in tab with a tonic note of A. Play them to get accustomed to their sound, and to hear how they differ from one another.

The scales are also shown in movable scale diagram form. In each diagram, the tonic note is shown as a white circle. All other notes in the scale are shown as black circles.

If you would like to learn more bass scales shapes, check out our Bass Scales, Chords and Arpeggios Book – more info here: Bass Scales, Chords & Arpeggios Book

Bass Scales

Pentatonic Minor Bass Scale

Bass Scales - A Pentatonic Minor TAB

A Pentatonic Minor Bass TAB

Pentatonic Minor Bass Diagram

Pentatonic Minor Bass Diagram

The pentatonic minor is one of the most commonly used scales in rock and pop music. Use if to compose riffs and bass lines, or in improvisation.

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Pentatonic Major Bass Scale

Bass Scales - A Pentatonic Major Bass TAB

A Pentatonic Major Bass TAB

Pentatonic Major Bass Diagram

Pentatonic Major Bass Diagram

The pentatonic major bass scale produces a clear, open sound and is great for use in major chord sequences.

Blues Bass Scales

A Blues Scale Bass TAB

A Blues Scale Bass TAB

Blues Scale Bass Diagram Bass

Blues Scale Bass Diagram Bass

The blues scale, as its name suggests, is often used in blues music. It is also widely used in rock and jazz. Learn where the blues notes fall and accentuate them for maximum effect. (Blues notes are the flattened fifth notes, e.g. the E flats in the A blues scale above.)

Major Scale

A Major Bass TAB

A Major Bass TAB

Major Scale Bass Diagram

Major Scale Bass Diagram

The major scale is one of the first bass scales you should learn. Knowing the intervals between the notes of a major scale is important in understanding all other scales. Once you know the sound it produces and the scale shapes needed to play it in all keys, learn how it can be changed to make other bass scales.

Natural Minor Bass Scale

A Natural Minor Bass TAB

A Natural Minor Bass TAB

Natural Minor Bass Scale TAB

Natural Minor Bass Scale Diagram

A good scale for using with minor chord sequences. Also called the Aeolian mode.

Harmonic Minor Scale

Bass Scales - Harmonic Minor Scale Bass TAB

Harmonic Minor Scale Bass TAB

Harmonic Minor Scale Bass Diagram

Harmonic Minor Scale Bass Diagram

A scale that gives your playing a ‘classical music’ sound. Incorporate it into your bass playing for variety and for effect.

Dorian Mode Bass Scales

A Dorian Bass TAB

A Dorian Bass TAB

Dorian Scale Bass Diagram

Dorian Scale Bass Diagram

One of the most important modal bass scales, the Dorian modal has a folky sound, and is a useful scale to use with minor seventh chords.

Mixolydian Bass Scales

A Mixolydian Bass TAB

A Mixolydian Bass TAB

Mixolydian Scale Bass Diagram

Mixolydian Scale Bass Diagram

This is a good scale to use over dominant seventh chords.

Phrygian Dominant Bass Scales

A Phrygian Dominant TAB

A Phrygian Dominant TAB

Phrygian Dominant Bass Diagram

Phrygian Dominant Bass Diagram

This is a very atmospheric scale with a distinctive Eastern sound. Can be used to great effect in metal bass lines and solos.

Chromatic Scale

Chromatic Scale Bass Diagram

Chromatic Scale Bass Diagram

This bass scale can be used to create interesting effects and lines. It is also very good for developing left-right hand coordination and as a pre-gig warm up.

Master Your Bass Guitar With Guitar Command

If you want to learn more about bass guitar scales, chords and arpeggios, check out the Guitar Command reference book, available from Amazon and many other bookstores. Sample pages and more info can be found here.

Guitar Command also produce a range of Bass Backing Track albums, available from iTunes, Amazon and many other online stores. Sample complete play-along tracks here.



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2 Responses to Bass Scales

  1. Stephen Wiafe says:

    this has been very helpful. Thank you so much

  2. Don Bass says:

    v cool page, cheers

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