Descending through Arpeggios & Scales

Descending through Arpeggios & Scales

2017-11-06T16:10:40+00:00August 1st, 2014|Categories: Bass Scales & Arpeggios|6 Comments

This lesson covers how to play scales and arpeggios on the bass guitar but only descending from a high root note.

This lesson was inspired by a Skype lesson I was giving recently on walking bass lines and the student was having problems with descending arpeggios. Ascending then descending was fine but descending from any given note was hard.

So this bass lesson is intended to help with getting over that hurdle. The main arpeggios of the major 7, minor 7, dominant 7 and minor 7 b5 are covered along with an assortment of scales.

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  1. Bjorn August 2, 2014 at 11:39 am - Reply

    This was exactly what I needed!

  2. Samitha August 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm - Reply

    Just Great

  3. Baz August 25, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Hi Mark, thank you for this lesson on how to get around with the arpegios in different positions and the common reliance on going up the arpegios. I think your style of teaching and demonstrating is really good and you give so many great tips with reasons to back them up.

  4. Harrison Picot August 25, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark – great lesson and your comment about bread crumbs leading us home is correct (even if I thought it was example quick learning, it is even quicker forgetting). By the time I got the pdf printed out and started playing,I had forgot your comment about staying in position (my hands are small so I am not good about that anyway) and I was wondering why that 5th was when there was an (out of position) one closer and since I am learning the fret board at the same time it seemed like a “smart” thing to learn it both ways. Sometimes I add tasks until I forget what were doing the first place, and then go gets some lunch;-) Your comment about saying the note names is a big deal also, I need to learn them but knowing 24 scales (or 12 twice), is another task. Thanks for the help. I need to find my circle of 5ths or 4ths now.

  5. elisa fisher November 30, 2015 at 7:49 am - Reply

    Serious science, very awesome and technical , and right to the point without any padding or fluff.
    Great for the technical mind, THANK YOU

  6. Marco Fakoly March 15, 2016 at 11:39 am - Reply

    Yep was what i needed.

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