One Of The Most Useful Bass Exercises

This week we’re looking at an exercise that helps you to learn all the notes on your bass neck, the cycle of 4ths AND the major scale. All at the same time!! Enjoy!

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2016-11-19T08:45:56+00:00

24 Comments

  1. Wayne Johnson December 4, 2015 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    You post a link “click here for that lesson” and then there’s no lesson anywhere. I’ve had enough, that is too frustrating. Does anyone ever check your website

    • MarkJSmith December 12, 2015 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      The lesson is here. I’m looking at it and your comment is right below it.

      • Brooke April 7, 2017 at 6:20 am - Reply

        Sir…thanks for all the help…its the first time that i’ve ever seen so much content in a easy way to understand…there hundred webs sites for guitarrist… But now we bass players got talking bass….by the way…big fan of your work on youtube

    • Demir Ateser August 26, 2016 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      The link took me to the PDF immediately. Is your Adobe setup to open a PDF automagically? Is your browser blocking the download of a file? What’s obvious to one, may not be obvious to another.

    • Jon February 27, 2017 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Bro, Mark’s website and content is awesome! Your computer or internet or SOMETHING, is not.

  2. Steven Doyle Adcock December 5, 2015 at 12:17 am - Reply

    Loving the exercises that involve incorporating more than one musical and technical skill. . . next challenge for me (if I force myself) would be to learn this entire lesson, circle of fourths on each string above the dreaded 12th fret!

  3. Erik Emrick December 5, 2015 at 1:37 am - Reply

    One word – Awesome.

  4. Jeffrey Strough December 5, 2015 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Ty Mark …. you instructionalshould are ALWAYS VERY helpful. I’m jabbing a problem with downloading the material from below your video. The problem is … I can’t find the LINK ?

  5. Paul Rouleau December 5, 2015 at 8:02 am - Reply

    Hi Mark,
    Love the lessons and enjoy getting them in my e-mail.
    So where is the link for this lesson?
    Cheers,
    PAuley

  6. Eric Young December 5, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

    I cannot find the link to down the lesson how do i find it
    eric

  7. Wayne Johnson December 5, 2015 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    Does the video lessons appear on phones? Maybe I should use my laptop.

  8. Shane Styles December 6, 2015 at 12:35 am - Reply

    It amazes me sometime how much depth one lesson can contain… This is one of them. Cheers mark. It is clear you put a lot of effort into each lesson for beginners and advanced alike.. Thanks again.

    • Mark S B. December 6, 2015 at 1:57 am - Reply

      Thanks Mark for the bass lesson.

  9. Mark S B. December 6, 2015 at 12:41 am - Reply

    Mark the lesson is nice and download material even better , thanks much.

  10. ROBERT DUNOYER December 7, 2015 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Another great lesson that ties in very well with the site reading course which I am really enjoying. Im using this for my regular scale practice now as it can expand a lot. Look forward to the follow up lesson on it. Brilliant. Many thanks Mark.

  11. AndyC December 10, 2015 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Really good lesson, Mark. You read and hear a lot about how important it is to practise things in all keys but there seems to be precious little about how to actually go about it in a useful way. Thanks.

  12. John Page December 12, 2015 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Thanks, Mark, this is a really great lesson. It seems simple, but isn’t and demands real concentration, but the results are already showing. Db is now firmly embedded in my memory! I do like the way the exercise combines various skills. May I ask a couple of questions:
    1. After finishing learning the circle of 4ths, do you think it’s a good idea to repeat the exercise around the circle in the clockwise direction, so as to learn that progression too and the location of the # notes as well as the flats? (I know they are enharmonic, but I want to avoid having to think – Oh yes, C# is in the same place as Db).
    2. You mention that learning the circle of 4ths is important for example in jazz. Why is that? Can you expand on that, please?
    3. Do you have suggestions for the best way to play E & F major scales in this exercise, because they need alternative fingerings because of the open strings?
    Best wishes, and Happy Christmas!
    John

  13. Mike Hershey December 17, 2015 at 6:21 pm - Reply

    Mark, This is an awesome lesson! Exactly what I needed – thanks so much!

  14. Tak December 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Great lesson-Great tips. I consider this as a Christmas gift from you. Thanks and be blessed.

  15. Nicholas Ayers September 12, 2016 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    First off, fantastic lesson! As a former high school symphonic/jazz woodwind student I am used to practicing scales utilizing the circle of fifths and have used it to warm up scales on bass since I started playing. I never even thought to change it up by playing them by fourths! I especially like the idea of playing snips of jazz heads and cycling by fourths (and fifths!) thank you so much for making my warm up session more interesting!

  16. Elliott October 18, 2016 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    A simple but valuable lesson, Mark.

    With the substitution of a couple of flats for sharps, and reversing the order I have the C of 5ths down now also

    Much appreciated

  17. Jon Byrd November 16, 2016 at 12:51 am - Reply

    Mark, thanks much! by the way, what bass guitar are you playing with the LEDs in the pickups?? Thanks in advance for your reply?

  18. Greta Rinsma December 3, 2016 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Bedankt beste Mark.
    Heb lang niet meer geoefend op mijn baas wegens herstel na hevige rugpijn.
    Ik was al eerder bij jou.Grace
    Nu probeer ik het weer met jou hulp.
    Groetjes Grace

  19. Grant Pureveen December 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm - Reply

    Awesome lesson Mark thanks a million .

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