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The C Melodic Minor Scale

The C Melodic Minor Scale

This bass lesson is an excerpt from my recently released book, Bass ala Melodic Minor Modes.

In most Western Music, the Major Scale is where most of our music is derived from, so when focusing on a different scale, it is important to see what in that scale is different.

Let’s look at the C Major Scale:

1-The C Melodic Minor Scale

As you can see, numerically, we have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Let’s look at a C Melodic Minor Scale and see what is the difference:

2-The C Melodic Minor Scale

The difference between these two scales is just one note. However, that one note makes a huge difference. That “b3” changes everything!

My goal is to make this book easy to practice. Again, we will use the 80/20 Principle. I want you to practice ‘just” the exercises for C Melodic Minor for as long as it takes to master. Let’s get the “sound” and the “fingerings” of the scale down first.

This one skill of mastery will be more valuable to you when it comes time to move forward.

Another tip I would like to suggest: if you have a keyboard, it is great to have the chord playing in the background as you go through the exercises.

To “hear” is most important. This is what the chord would look like:

3-The C Melodic Minor Scale

As a bass player, one of our prime functions is to articulate chords. I like to think of each scale in two octaves built in thirds. This way 3 things are accomplished:

1 – We learn the notes in two octaves and become more con?dent with our neck.

2 – We hear the intervallic relationships in a systematic way

3 – The 80/20 Principle shows itself by accomplishing more in less time.

4-The C Melodic Minor Scale

Grab your copy of Bass ala Melodic Minor Modes at

David C Gross has been the bassist for a lot of folks. He has written 14 bass books and 3 instructional videos, hosts “The Bass Guitar Channel Radio Show” on Monday nights 8 PM EDT, and hosts the “Notes From An Artist” podcast. He also teaches online and through a correspondence course @

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