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Bass Lines: Two-Octave Aeolian Mode Shapes

Hello bass players and fans of bass playing!

As we had already talked in the last edition: “The two-octave scale shapes are essential for all the bass players, it doesn’t matter if you are playing a supporting role or playing solos. For scaling the second octave, left-hand fingering is crucial. This will require a shift in position.”

This concept applies to all scales and also to modes, as we will see below…

As we had learned, when we talk about the Aeolian Mode, we are talking about the Natural Minor Scale, that means they are the same.

Aeolian Mode = Natural Minor Scale

For example:

The A Aeolian Mode: A-B-C-D-E-F-G-A

The A Natural Minor Scale: A-B-C-D-E-F-G-A

Remember to practice them slowly, the speed will come through constant repetition.

We’re looking for a perfect and accurate sound of every note. Practice these forms with a metronome or a drum machine and feel free to practice them in quarter notes, eighth notes, triplets, sixteenth notes, etc.

Fig. 1 – The Two-Octave Aeolian Mode Shape:

See you next month for more #fullbassattack in the next issue of BMM and keep in touch with #bassmusicianmag, #basslines, #jdv, #groovingtheworld, #musicmatters, #groovewars and #groovingthenation.

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