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Ways to practice scales
Add to favorites This method is general - applies to all scales:
When practicing start reeeeeeeeeeally slow - its important that the notes sound long, full and clear.
You will then also have the perfect coordination between both your hands - when plucking the strings with the right hand (presuming you're righthanded), the left hand fingers will move accordingly in sync
If starting out or generally playing to fast / beyond your actual ability, the notes will sound choppy, out of sync and generally just awfull.
Tip! For practicing slow, practice the scales as walking basslines (one note per beat)
You should practice the scales all over the fretboard, from the lowest note to the highest.
Try to memorize the note names while you're at it (playing ot slow will definately help), playing scales are not only for building lightning speed but more important - knowledge of where the notes are on the bass, which notes to play over chords and progressions (the sequence of chords also known as songs)
You should practice your scales in many variations, not just going up and down, you must remember that you want to end up playing music, creating great basslines and hopefully great solos or at least nice fills
When you practice your scales (or chords and arppegios), remember to make them sound musical, alter the directions of the scale, vary the dynamics - go from soft to loud, imagine playing them for an audience (who wants to hear music not exercises)
Play the scales using different intervals, sequences (groups of notes)...
Here's some inspiration using the G major scale: