L229 Hip pentatonic pattern in A major

FavoriteLoadingAdd to favorites A hip irregular A major pentatonic pattern here played in the first 3 positions (5 in all) of the A major pentatonic scale (A B C# E F#).   Support PlayBassNow and download original video, transcription/TAB and mp3 version here

MarloweDK said,

April 23, 2010 @ 8:54 am

Relax Julian, no harm done:-) By the way , i havent “exposed” your comment, i just replied with my opinion. If you dont speak english that well, then you are at risk – “is a joke…” you wrote – can easily get misunderstood.

Julio said,

April 22, 2010 @ 6:22 pm

Hi Thomas. I do not think I have explained correctly, my English is very bad. Far be it from me to criticize any musician who expose their ideas, on the contrary, my respect is immense. With regard to Adam, I think is very good bass player, has a very good technique and is very commendable that expose their knowledge.
I think I explained wrong. I’m sorry if you have not thought very convenient to expose my comment on your website. I do not feel well.
Thank you for your time.

MarloweDK said,

April 22, 2010 @ 11:16 am

Musical education doesnt follow a set path “A to Z” IMO, one (I) pickup things in the order of what i stumble upon, something that triggers my desire to learn or practice – maybe its too advanced for my current level and then i “go back” to search for explanations. Its our desire for music that makes us want to practice:-) It easy to critizise other players that are not “perfect” – i mean – who is! Im VERY happy to have Adam Neely teaching us what HE FEELS like teaching us at this given moment. After all PlayBassNow.com is not a “method” orientated resource but more an inspiring eyeopener regarding bass playing. And it always have to be FUN to play music.
Reg. your request:
More intellectual discussions of teaching music? Maybe, but i reckon people go to talkbass.net for that. Ill keep it in mind though if more of our members wants it

Julio said,

April 22, 2010 @ 10:28 am

Hi Thomas, maybe you should change the “Guest Teachers” by “advanced learners” … is a joke. Even if you should advise for example Adam, a very common error is lost in the intricate world of technique and care for your timing to tell you something. He will need to listen to Steve Swallow for years, in order to make sense of a pentatonic scale, if he continues playing with the obvious anxiety. The sound “pentatonic” is very attractive, but before to maximize valuable study time, I think it is necessary to know perfectly well the triads, major and minor inversions, approximation notes, and triads pair. With this comment I just want to start a conversation about teaching music. Adam is a promising bassist, with a small change can go from being “a good bass player” a master of the bass.
They are little nuances that should be on a website like yours. It would be a qualitative leap in the teachings level of music, very big for your great project. Surely installed within your website in a special place. It’s just a idea.

L253 A major bass solo ideas | PlayBassNow.com said,

July 20, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

[…] using notes from the A major pentatonic scale and the major (Ionian) scale I reuse the pattern from Lick of the day no L229 for many of the […]

Mr. F Clef said,

April 22, 2009 @ 6:04 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I studied classical string bass for YEARS and agree that the those fingerings are a lot more comfortable, espcially for old, arthritic hands (mine). I can’t wait for your video on it.


F Clef

Mr. F Clef said,

April 18, 2009 @ 4:23 pm


Great exercise! My question is about the left hand fingering. For “positions” 1&3 it appears that four fingers are covering four frets. However, in position 2 it appears that four fingers are covering three frets most of the time, the high C# being covered by extending the first finger back one fret. How does one know when to use these seemingly different fingering concepts? Could you recommend a book that explains the fingerings for all 5 positions of pentatonic scales?

Ever grateful,
Mr. F Clef
Its about comfort, i use the “classical doublebass fingering” especially in the lower positions
1st finger on1st fret, 2nd finger on 2nd fret and 3rd and 4th finger TOGETHER on 3rd fret.
Makes the hand position much more in line with the frets and gives you ability to be able to stretch for other notes when needed.

I dont know any books on the subject, but use the most comfortable position and the fingering closest to the note you want to reach.
Ill do a video at some point

maroonblazer said,

April 18, 2009 @ 2:41 pm

I love this lick. I need some help with the right hand (and this is a general right hand bass question too): Should I always alternate between 1st and 2nd fingers? Or is there another pattern to use with the right hand? Sometimes it seems like people will use the same finger on two or more consecutive notes that go across strings (e.g. in this lick, from the c# on the g string to the f# on the d string. Conceivably you could play most of this lick with just one finger, since almost every note is on a different string…?

Anyway, any right-hand guidance you can give is really appreciated. Or if there are some good lessons online you could point me to, that would be fab.

1212 as a general rule , for the ability to gain speed (some things can be played with 1 finger though, its also a question of sound – ie playing an AC/DC song works well with 1 finger maintaining the same attack on every 8th note), but when crossing strings that rule can get bended ie:
I always land on first finger when goin from a higher string to the lower string no matter what finger (1 or 2) played on the previous.
G str 121
D str 1
G str 1212
D str 1

Hannes said,

April 16, 2009 @ 9:52 pm

What a nice exercise…exactly the stuff I need 🙂
Thank you Thomas!!


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