Using Pentatonic Scales – Bass Lesson with Scott Devine (L#50)

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This lesson covers the Minor Pentatonic scale and how to play it all over the bass guitar neck. The main patterns are covered along with a demonstration of i…

Reader Comments

I don’t fucking understand! Every video I have watched trying to learn
these scales has not helped at all.

Written By BlackHoon on August 31st, 2014 @ 7:53 am

Thanks for these video lessons, Scott!…I’ve ascertained a lot of crucial
information about bass guitar from them and I believe it has substantially
improved my playing…I thank you very much for sharing your adroit
knowledge of this instrument and I hope to learn more from you in the

Written By GuitarHero62289 on August 31st, 2014 @ 8:32 am

Found this impenetrable. You’re plainly ill with cold, hence the stuffed-up
voice, gloves and insulated tank top. And your smoke alarm needs a new
battery – it keeps beeping throughout.

Written By Carn Marth on August 31st, 2014 @ 8:34 am

right to the guts of how to potentially use the pentatonics. thanks Scott.

Written By nankinlongfield on August 31st, 2014 @ 9:29 am

I spot a Markbass LM III.

Written By Ali Özgür Arslan on August 31st, 2014 @ 10:08 am

thank you Scott… such a great teacher

Written By Allanaire Tapion on August 31st, 2014 @ 10:15 am

Hey Scott. Thanks for the video, man. A question regarding using either the
major or minor pentatonic scale. Do you play either one depending on the
chord? When you were doing a run in Am, were you doing the A minor
pentatonic, since the chord is a minor chord? And, the B Major pentatonic
when doin a run on the BbMajor, and so on…

Written By Ryan Fortin on August 31st, 2014 @ 10:20 am

great vid. 

Written By Rommel Flores on August 31st, 2014 @ 11:18 am

You have such a gift for teaching. Never condescending, overly complicated
or showing off… just the nuts and bolts. Hats off to you, bud.

Written By GreetTheSacredCow on August 31st, 2014 @ 12:18 pm

You need a new battery on your fire alarm!

Written By Roy Thomson on August 31st, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

Great musician and teacher! Thanks!

Written By Zac sin on August 31st, 2014 @ 1:35 pm

dude, awesome videos! I’ve learned a lot! I really have to ask, what’s up
with the gloves?

Written By TheKille22 on August 31st, 2014 @ 2:06 pm


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Written By RobiRoadkill on August 31st, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

your methods and appproach Much more usefully than MarloweDK)

Written By максим суханский on August 31st, 2014 @ 3:54 pm

you are a suberb bassist and teacher :)

Written By Ribhu Choudhuri on August 31st, 2014 @ 4:19 pm

I was asked to join a pretty good local band after hearing me demo a bass
in a music store. Thats after a week of owning one thanks to these videos.
Thanks man, keep em coming

Written By akneegrowsdick shitte on August 31st, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

You’re an awesome player but I think your “D” string might be out of tune.
Seems slightly flat.

Written By TwinMillMC . on August 31st, 2014 @ 5:38 pm

I’m a little lost, where exactly does a key come into play when using
scales and pentatonics over chords and riffs etc.? I could use a simple
breakdown. I think I understand it but could use someone to explain it to
let me so that I can stop stressing and simply play without constantly
worrying ‘is this right? Does this, will this work?. Also any chance you
could do like a beginners guide to playing in a band and song writing?

Written By whitexgreen on August 31st, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

@Ingratil The scale degrees of the major pentatonic are 1-2-3-5-6 while the
scale degrees of the minor pentatonic are 1-b3-4-5-b7, but you’ll find the
exact same notes in say C maj as you do in its relative minor Ami.

Written By KlevonOfJesup on August 31st, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

It sounds like it wants to join in, hehe.

Written By manictiger on August 31st, 2014 @ 7:51 pm

ROFLMAO, Running around my house, looking for the smoke detector that has a
dead battery. Guess I wont find it…..its at your house……Says allot
for my JBL’s really sounded like it was here…..GJ Scott, thanks for the

Written By HTHCLLC on August 31st, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

What kind of strings should i use if im playing smooth jazz or r&b ?…i
wanted to get a set of flat wound strings…i have round wound strings but
they sound too bright for that smooth sound im looking for , i bout the
round wounds cause they were cheap .

Written By BIGSABMUSIC on August 31st, 2014 @ 9:09 pm

@TwinMillMC Oops ;)

Written By Scott's Bass Lessons on August 31st, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

@Ingratil A minor is the relative minor of C major. In the A minor
pentatonic he misses out B, the 2nd, and F, the 6th, but in a C major
scale, F and B would be the 4th and 7th respectively. So when you go from a
major pentatonic scale to its relative minor, you would miss out the 2nd
and the 6th, as those notes would be the same as the 4th and 7th of the
relative major. Hope that helps, and feel free to correct me if I’m wrong :)

Written By ThisIsChapman on August 31st, 2014 @ 9:46 pm

great lesson. I´d like to know how can I aplly this in the major pentatonic
scale? thanks.

Written By Fernando F. on August 31st, 2014 @ 10:10 pm

cool lesson man. A very good way to view the scales. thanks. :D 

Written By BurntwolfNI on August 31st, 2014 @ 11:09 pm

Thanks a lot. Looper’s are great. Love them both as a practice tool and for
working on compositions.

Written By TalkingBass - Online Bass Lessons on August 31st, 2014 @ 11:23 pm

You just made me want a looper nice playing thanks again

Written By jakHAMMER76 on August 31st, 2014 @ 11:52 pm

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