PENTATONIC SCALES FOR BASS, FINGERINGS, EXERCISES FIVE-NOTE SCALES. Ed Friedland. CD TABLATURE

PENTATONIC SCALES FOR BASS, FINGERINGS, EXERCISES AND PROPER USAGE OF THE ESSENTIAL FIVE-NOTE SCALES. Ed Friedland. CD TABLATURE

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Pentatonic Scales for Bass

Fingerings, Exercises and Proper Usage of the Essential Five-Note Scales
Series: Bass Builders
Format: Softcover with CD - TAB
Author: Ed Friedland

The pentatonic is one of the most widely used scales in music. This book teaches fingerings for these essential five-note scales all over the neck, and how to use them to create solid, functional bass lines. The CD contains 56 tracks and features full-band demonstration examples. Covers: major and minor pentatonic scales; one- and two-octave scale patterns; pentatonic modes and their applications; soloing with pentatonic scales; and much more ! 64 pages

By definition, a pentatonic scale is simply a group of five consecutive notes within the
range of an octave. With this loose framework, there can be many variations of five-note

patterns that fit this description. Throughout this book, we will focus on the two most

common variations: the major pentatonic (1-2-3-5-6-S) and minor pentatonic (1-h3-4-

5-~7-S). These pentatonic scales are undoubtedly the most commonly used musical

elements in the world. Cultures as far-flung as Africa, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific,

and the North and South Americas use these five-note patterns as the basis of their

musical traditions, and their influence on contemporary music is just as far-reaching. As

the primary building blocks of the rock and roll musical vocabulary, the pentatonic scale

can be traced directly to West Africa, Ireland, and Scotland. When African captives were

brought to the Western world, they carried with them a deep musical tradition whose

rhythmic basis morphed over time into shuffle and swing feels. Melodically, the minor

pentatonic scale (1-h3-4-5-h7-S) was at the core of their music-eventually evolving into

the blues scale (1-h3-4-#4-5-h7-S), the melodic foundation of the blues. The journey from

the blues to rock and roll has been well-documented.

But the pentatonic scale's influence on popular music can also be traced back to the music of

Ireland and Scotland. As Celtic people settled in the New World, they brought their

songs, reels, jigs, and sea shantys-many of which were based on the pentatonic scale.

This music became the seed of the Appalachian folk tradition, which over the years

evolved into Old Timey, Bluegrass, and Country. Between the late 1940sand 1950s,these

styles crossbred with the emerging "boogie" genre to create rockabilly as well as rock

and roll. When you look at this crosscurrent of influence, the differences between artists

like Muddy Waters and Hank Williams seem less significant.

The pentatonic scale (in its major form) is simply a major scale without scale degrees 4

and 7. The interval created between the 4th and 7th scale degrees is known as the tritone, and it

is the principle source of dissonance in Western music. By removing these two degrees,

we have a scale that is void of any potential dissonance. German composer Carl Orff

(best known as the composer of Carmina Burana) devised a system of music education

for children based on the use of pentatonic scales for this very reason. Since there are no

"bad" notes, children can improvise freely on pentatonic-based instruments to develop

their creativity. It has been said that in medieval times, the use of the tritone in musical composition

was banned due to its disharmonious quality. It is documented that the tritone was once

referred to as Diablo en Musica, or the "Devil in Music," and considering most music of the

time was composed for use in church, it is not hard to see why the pentatonic scale might

have been favored.

 

Introduction

 Using the CD

 Learning the Pentatonic Scale
 Minor Pentatonic

 Major Pentatonic

 Two-Octave Pentatonic Scales

 Technical Exercises

 Pentatonic Modes
  - Using Pentatonic Modes

 Common Out-of-Scale Chords

 Other Chord Movements

 Soloing with Pentatonic Scales
 - Major 7th Chords
 - Minor 7th Chords
 - Dominant 7th Chords

 In Closing

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