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Bass Lesson – Beginner’s Guide to Scales and Modes (The Bass Wizard)



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In this lesson I introduce the concept of scales and modes and explain their function in improvisation. I always try to make my lessons as simple as possible for beginners to understand without overwhelming them with theory. I understand that not everyone wants to be a professional player and most people just want to play as a hobby and want to know enough to be able to have fun playing and not get frustrated. I hope this lesson helps all beginners out there. If you enjoyed this lesson, please sign up for my mailing list as I will be sending out more exclusive lessons to all members of my list.

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46 comments

  1. You sir, are a genius. I've had literally hours of lessons from a private tutor on scales and modes and in just over 6 minuets you've beaten the hours and I now understand it! Thanks a lot 🙂

  2. Alternative Title : "Bass Playing Is Simple — But Let's Make It Complicated."

  3. Great lesson Mr wizard, thankyou.

  4. Damn this clicked I can add this to my arsenal and and it's the principles of bass I'm getting this shit more and more. Are their appeggios in these scales or all the notes good? No passing tones?

  5. Maaan.. You are so generous to give us the pdf thing.. Also teaching us how to master it easily. Big..big appreciation for you so we can learn bassin' better! Muchos gustos!!

  6. Its one thing to have someone show you what the modes are…but this video also shows you some of how to use them in you playing. Well done.

  7. Well, to me if you start the C major scale on C or D, or E it´s not sounding any different. As the scale formula is the same, the intervals sound the same. The modes are related to a given sound, where you take advantage of some detail, as a minor 6th, or a flat 7. The mode is related to a sensation. Happines, sad, exotic, etc. The shape of the mode is what can make you travel around the whole fretboard, but if the song is a funk in D dorian, you can play on C ionian shape, but if you didn´t emphasize the right notes it´s gonna sound strange.
    Otherwise thanks for sharing knowledge for free. Many of your lessons helps me a lot.

  8. Jasmine Giving Mor

    I have been so intimidated by learning scales and the way you just explained the modes was so helpful!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! You’ve helped me past a huge hurdle

  9. Nicolas Higginbotham

    boom. mind blown.

  10. I like your long island/brooklyn tough-guy thing, man. Fantastic teaching too! Thanks!

  11. Christopher Campos

    Thank you for taking time to explain your teaching on scales

  12. why every vid has no zoon in the fredsss ???!!!!

  13. Rasher Quivers

    Thank you so much!! It finally makes sense!! You are my hero!!

  14. Dude. I can FINALLY understand scales now. THANK YOU!

  15. Obi-Wan Kenobi

    1-Ionian
    2-Dorian
    3-Phrygian
    4-Lydian
    5-Mixolydian
    6-Aeolian
    7-Locrian
    Star Wars-Midichlorian

  16. This video literally put it all together for me. Thank you!

  17. you explained it really well,thank you.

  18. Good but I am having problem working out the fingering for the modes. Pity the lesson did not go into fingering~

  19. Jeanthoi Lee Gangmei

    woo……sir.I 1 bass tab plz sir

  20. can i touch your hair?

  21. Hold on a minute, I was recently taught by multiple peoples that modes actually had different notes. For example the Lydian scale has a sharp 4th in it. WHAT IS THIS SOMEONE!!!

  22. very great I felt this hard to me before look at this video thanks a lot

  23. Naicuss Labraña Suazo

    thanks for ur help men !

  24. No one can beat the bass wizard

  25. What a fantastic teacher you are , so easy to follow , thank you so much

  26. Joseph Emmanuel

    one more request sir, can you post a tutorial for blue scale and its mode?

  27. Joseph Emmanuel

    am glad for clear understanding that you share to us be blessed man.

  28. subbed

  29. Airandfire1111

    so sexy

  30. Grimple Crumple

    What a awesome way to present explain this somewhat 'heady' concept!

  31. I've been playing guitar/bass for a long time but never took the time to actually learn the scales and just played by ear. I'm learning properly now.

  32. Finally! It makes sense! Thanks very much.

  33. thanks 😊

  34. Good bass solo lesson. I like it.

  35. Aliyah Quinton

    I accidentally told my friend that I would play bass in his band, but I don't know how.

    Oops

  36. You are the man. Watching this video gave me my "AHA" moment.

  37. absolutely amazing lesson. i have never felt so empowered on my bass learning.

  38. DJ Khairul Den Anuar

    Tnx for that great lessons. I've been playin n trying to improvised on my bass, espeacially on jazz tune but had gone no where. But, wit that been said, I really appreciate and say , A G'Zillion tnx for making me improve on my bass scales.

  39. D3RP_ WIZARD _25

    You look sorta like Jack White with a fedora.

  40. Hendrick Tragico

    hes the bassist of fall out boy right ? or just a look alike ?

  41. WhatSideOfTheBed DidYouWakeUpOn

    tremendous technique. wow.
    very similar John Entwistle and Geddy Lee

  42. super easy to understand!
    great video

  43. Derrick Hopson

    THANK YOU!!!! that was the simplest explanation i've ever heard

  44. What's with all the fret buzz?

  45. Universal Steele

    So from my calculations there are 12 Major scales, 12 minor scales, and 7 modes for each. So there's 168 modes in total? Is this correct?

  46. Nathaniel Collins

    damn what a way to break it down down down –

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