Bass scales

Scales for bass guitar with diagrams and explanation.
What follows is a guide trough different scale categories for bass players. The fingerboard diagrams show based on standard tuning (EADG).

Major

The Major scale is the most important in Western music and a good start when you begin learn scales on bass.

One-octave pattern, root on 3rd string

The fingerboard diagram below shows a C major scale with the first root note on 3rd string. The scale is movable and can be used for all major scales.

C major scale diagram

C major scale tablature.

C major scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.

One-octave pattern, root on 4th string

It is, however, good to use more than one scale position. The diagram below shows a G major with the first root on 4th string.

G major scale diagram

G major scale tablature.

G major scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.

Minor

The Minor scale is next to major the most important and fundamental knowledge in music.

One-octave pattern, root on 3rd string

The fingerboard diagram below shows a D minor scale with the first root note on 3rd string. The scale is movable and can be used for all minor scales.

D minor scale diagram

D minor scale tablature.

D minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.

One-octave pattern, root on 4th string

As mention earlier, it is good to use more than one scale position. The diagram below shows a A minor with the first root on 4th string.

A minor scale diagram

A minor scale tablature.

A minor scale tab

The numbers above the tablature are suggested fingerings.