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The purpose of this book is for two reasons actually. The first is to show the student the many different locations of each major scale and their patterns along the fingerboard, in one octave, two octaves and in complete forms in each location (position).
By learning the major scales and their patterns, you have no choice but to learn all the notes on the fingerboard. This just happens by default. Once you start to learn the scales, knowing where the notes are in relation to one another comes real easy.
,If you follow this book, you will be able to play one octave, two octave, and be able to connect complete major scales up and down the fingerboard.
If you have a teacher, work with him/her on this book. If you are learning this on your own, you should be able to get through this book with no problem at all. I do have to say though that the help of a teacher is invaluable.
,This book of Major scales is of course just one small aspect of playing bass but as a teacher of 15 years I feel that this is a very important starting point for any player at any level!
,The way this book works is that it is broken down into several sections. Each section containing the fingering diagram of the fretboard and the written music as it appears on the staff along with the fingerings.
,The first section focuses on one octave major scales and arpeggios in all twelve keys. Showing all the locations on the neck for each one octave major scale and arpeggio.
,The next section shows all of the notes above and below each major scale and arpeggio in each position thatyou just learned in the one octave major section.
The last section shows all the notes above and below each major scale and arpeggio on each single string.
If you follow each section's lesson by playing and practicing the notes and the suggested fingerings, you will be on your way to being a fretboard master. Just think about what it would be like to connect any major scale or arpeggio up and down the entire fingerboard without any hesitation.
Practice these lessons diligently and meticulously and remember, start off slow and learn them right the first time. Then as you get comfortable with them, only then can you start to build up the tempo.