How to Play The Minor Pentatonic Scale: Bass Guitar Lesson

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How to Play The Minor Pentatonic Scale.

Upright and Electric Bassist, Jared Plane presents a brief introduction to playing, understanding and improvising using the Minor Pentatonic Scale.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale is one of the most versatile, and popular scales in music. It’s used in almost all genres of music today. It’s so popular because it can be played over many different chords, in many different keys. It’s also one of the easiest scales to learn.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale consists of the following 5 notes: The root, the minor third, the perfect fourth, the perfect fifth and the minor seventh. In the key of C minor, these notes would be: C, Eb, F, G, Bb.

Exercise 1:

The process for learning this scale, is the same for all scales: play the scale up and down, over the entire range of the bass, in all areas of the fingerboard. Find as many different fingerings for the scale as you can.

Exercise 2:

Play the scale in different patterns.

Groups of three notes, ascending and descending.

Exercise 3:

Play the scale in different patterns.

Groups of four notes, ascending and descending.

Exercise 4:

Once you’re comfortable with the scale, try improvising with it in a more musical way.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale is so versatile because it can be played over many different chords. This makes it a great tool for jazz music and improvisation. Here are a few chords that the C Minor Pentatonic Scale can be played over:

Cmin7
Ebmaj7
Bb7sus4
Abmaj7
F7sus4
Dbmaj7#11

[Chords NOT listed in the video include: A7 Altered, Gmin(b6)]

9 comments

  1. You talk like a robot

  2. Love it, but i would have appreciate a slower peace

  3. marlou carlo cordova

    i love it…. very nice technique

  4. thank you jared. it's good and clear and accessible the way you put it.

  5. Great lesson bro!

  6. Phantoms Paradise

    Awesome Lesson Man! I got the same bass btw :D

  7. Hey Scott, thanks for your kind comments. I'm glad you found it useful.

  8. superb explanation, great pace .I am now happily subscribed and can't wait to learn more!!

  9. you're an amazing bass player!

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