Music Theory For Bass – Intervals & The Major Scale Part 1

2017-10-26T20:47:49+00:00 August 3rd, 2013|30 Comments

This lesson covers the most basic building blocks of music and music theory: Intervals. This first part covers semitones, tones and intervals of the major scale. It also has a look at the construction of the Major scale. This is all shown with reference to the bass guitar neck.


  1. kenney August 1, 2014 at 11:12 am - Reply

    ex. lesson great building block

  2. Midge October 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm - Reply

    These lessons are perfect!

  3. Momo December 22, 2014 at 4:47 am - Reply

    Genio! Gracias!

  4. jay jeffers January 23, 2015 at 1:46 am - Reply

    I feel like I am seeing for the first time. Your instruction is clear and takes the mystery out of music theory. I now feel that I can become the kind of player I ve known I can be. May God Bless you. Got to practice.

  5. Todd Kaul January 28, 2015 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Bravo! Looking forward to a wonderful set of lessons!

  6. ken gammon February 6, 2015 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I am finding these lessons superb in their linear construction and design, their clarity, and I am amazed at Mark’s ability to communicate his immense knowledge with ease and cheerfulness. Thank you Mark J. Smith, you provide a great service for next to nothing for bass players everywhere. One day I hope to half as good as you as I put this education you provide into practice.

    I have just taken lesson 4 of the Beginner’s Course (Rhythm) and realized my timing was quite poor and am finding Mark’s techniques the way to improve, so it’s never too late to relearn the better way.

    Thanks again to all involved in putting this site together.

  7. Antonio Carnevale March 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Before I started my adventure with the Bass I’ve been playing the electric guitar for 8 years by myself only. I mean, if I had had this kind of assistance before, today I would a soooooooo much better musician.
    You are a true musician, sir, For this kind of assistance is not only helpful, it’s a true form of love for your instrument of choice and music itself.

  8. KOSTANTINOS MARKOPOULOS April 15, 2015 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    10000000000000000 thank you……..

  9. Giovanni Meza April 15, 2015 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    Thanks good lesson

  10. Beza Van Niekerk June 3, 2015 at 3:54 pm - Reply

    Mark really appreciate all this stuff

  11. John Mansfield June 15, 2015 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    This helped me a great deal to understand musical terms and relate them to the instrument. Thanks

  12. Michael BUFFINGTON August 8, 2015 at 5:59 am - Reply

    After many years of absence from playing I am grateful to have found such easy to follow instruction on an instrument I love. Thank you Mark

  13. Jael Seema August 21, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Mark, you are truly remarkable, your teaching method is great, I’m now beginning to see where I’m going. Thanks a lot for your hard work, really appreciate this! God bless you mate!

  14. Jc Marvi October 17, 2015 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Thanks for this simple but powerful lesson

  15. peter wass November 2, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    thanks again Mark great lesson

  16. Jim Clum November 9, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Mark you are a great teacher.

  17. Greg March 16, 2016 at 11:21 am - Reply

    Thank you, merci, et bravo !
    I know I have to practice but now many things are clear !

  18. Mark S Beretta May 2, 2016 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    Mark I’ve been on your website for 3 years now , how do you remember all of this information.
    I’m still having problems remembering the name of notes on my fretboard yet I remember everything that’s happened to me in the past. I remember names , dates , if it rained that day all the way to childhood yet I can’t remember the notes on my neck. I never forget anything you’ve played on your website , I can play most everything you’ve showed us. Maybe one day it will all link together for me , I learn mostly by ear and visual , the first thing I hear listening to any song is the bass and I visualize how it’s played and I can get pretty close fast.
    Nevertheless I enjoy all of your videos and learned a lot from you.
    Thank you ,,,

  19. Doug Hughes May 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    I’ve been playing bass, well let’s say that I picked it up 50+ years ago and played every type of music imaginable. Now with your help, I can actually understand what I’m doing, giving honor to the instrument and profession!

  20. Salvatore Lentini July 29, 2016 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Hi Mark,
    I’ve joined your web site, and love the way to present your lessons. I’m am very new to the bass world, and watching your videos is inspiring. I have quite a bit to learn yet. It was your walking bass lesson really made me a fan of your site.

    Thank you for sharing, and hosting this site.

    S C Lentini

  21. Harrison August 16, 2016 at 3:28 am - Reply

    Being older, And never havivng studied. Music or played an instrument,, I did not feel I. Thad time. For those lessons but if you have time to teach them so well I have time to learthis The is, lacking these lessons, one learns the next lessons much much. Slower. This is the faster way. Thanks for taking the time to p rrovide rhe building blocks.

  22. Kim September 3, 2016 at 5:52 pm - Reply

    Amazing lessons Mark…I’m so glad I found you

  23. Giovanni Meza September 20, 2016 at 12:44 am - Reply

    Good lesson Mark

  24. Sean's Bassface March 26, 2017 at 4:27 am - Reply

    So clear and informative. I have seen so many great players and lesson sites as well as many on-site instructors. You, are a gifted instructor. Thank you so much.

  25. Di Donaldson August 10, 2017 at 3:24 am - Reply

    I have been playing guitar and singing for over twenty years….just chords basically. I didn’t have much faith in myself where music theory was concerned and have given up many times before on modes, scales, lead etc. You have given me hope. I have acquired a bass guitar and finally things are starting to fall into place thanks to you. I am so grateful to have found you. Your teaching is clear and concise, yet simplistic. Your teaching is amazing. I am 59 years old. Thank you so much Mark.

  26. Griet December 29, 2017 at 10:43 am - Reply

    Great lesson! Thank you!

  27. Thomas Downs February 22, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply

    It’s beginning to make sense. Thanks Mark!

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