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Useful Melodic Patterns for Bass Guitar electronic book 

This page includes all the linked exercises and additional pieces of information to complement the Useful Melodic Patterns for Bass Guitar book (ISBN 978-0-9950220-0-3) , written by Gustavo Zecharies, on its first edition. The book was published in February 13th, 2016 and contains 185 pages with clear descriptions about how to use melodic patterns to improve your playing. 

Where to buy: Apple Store, click here 

Chapters

  • Introduction
  • Legend and terminology
  • Major Scale Patterns
  • Pentatonic Scale Patterns
  • Arpeggio patterns
  • Scales Reference
  • Exercise Schedule
Introduction: I picked up the bass being (arguably for some ;), an old guy, after my 40’s, and came from a lifetime of electric guitar and Warr Guitar (tapping bass/guitar 12-string beast of an instrument) playing. I discovered that I was a bassist late in my life. I knew that achieving some respectable level of flow in my playing was going to require some interesting exercises and an easy to follow methodology.
Based on my own experience playing other instruments, mostly learning from the strategic errors I had made in the past, I always believed that good, groovy and physically demanding melodic patterns were a good way to develop my playing… hence the reason for this booklet.[…]”
Excerpt From: Gustavo Zecharies. “Useful Melodic Patterns.” iBooks. 

 

 

 

Sunday
Mar092014

Pattern 01 Examples

Below the examples included on the Useful Melodic Patterns for Bass Guitar book, for pattern number 01.

Here is the "easy" example, trying the pattern over the E Major scale on its first position, starting at the 11th fret (D#) on the E string. 

Below, a video playing pattern 1, E major scale, fret 11

Now the advanced example, trying the pattern over the B minor harmonic scale, starting at the 14th fret (F) on the E string. 

Further below, a video playing pattern 1, F minor harmonic scale, fret 13

And here a quick example about how to use our pattern number number 1 on a chord sequence that goes: E major (I), C# minor (VI), B13 (V), F# minor 7 (II). Playing with the E major / C# minor scale.

Sunday
Jan032016

Pattern 02 Examples

Below the examples included on the Useful Melodic Patterns for Bass Guitar book, for pattern number 02.

Here is the "easy" example, trying the pattern over the F# major scale, starting at the 13th fret (E# or "F") on the E string. 

Also below, a video playing pattern 2, F# major scale, fret 13.

Now the advanced example, trying the pattern over the Eb Major scale on its 4th position starting at the 4th fret (Ab) on the E string. 

Also below, a video playing pattern 2, Eb major scale, fret 4.

And here a quick example about how to use our pattern number number 2 on a chord sequence that goes: B major 6 (V), D# minor (VI), B major 6 (V), F# major (1). Playing with the F# major / D# minor scale.

Sunday
Jan032016

Pattern 03 Examples

Below the examples included on the Useful Melodic Patterns for Bass Guitar book, for pattern number 03.

Here is the "easy" example, trying the pattern over the D major scale on its 6th position, starting at the 7th fret (B) on the E string. 

Also below, a video playing pattern 3, D major scale, fret 7

Now the advanced example, trying the pattern over the C whole-tone scale, starting at the 10th fret (D) on the E string. Given the repeatable nature of this scale, the C whole-tone scale would have the same shape if you had started it in C, D, E, F#, G# or Bb

Also below, a video playing pattern 3, C whole-tone scale, fret 10

And here a quick example about how to use our pattern number number 3 on a chord sequence that goes: F# minor 7 (III), A major (V), A major/D (V) and then F# minor 7 (III), A major (V), B minor (VI). Playing with the D major / B minor scale.

Sunday
Jan032016

Pattern 04 Examples

Below the examples included on the Useful Melodic Patterns for Bass Guitar book, for pattern number 04.

Here is the "easy" example, trying the pattern over the Bb Major scale on its third position, starting at the 8th fret (C) on the E string. 

Also below, a video playing pattern 4, Bb major scale, fret 8

Now the advanced example, trying the pattern over the C diminished scale, starting at the 10th fret (D) on the E string. 

Also below, a video playing pattern 4, C diminished scale, fret 10

And here a quick example about how to use our pattern number number 4 on a chord sequence that goes: Eb major 7(IV), D7 (VI's Dominant, here we took a harmonic license to play a chord that will help us "land" on the VI degree of the scale, which is G minor), and then G minor 7 (VI) over the Bb major scale (or G minor scale).

Sunday
Jan032016

Pattern 05 Examples

Below the examples included on the Useful Melodic Patterns for Bass Guitar book, for pattern number 01.

Here is the "easy" example, trying the pattern over the E Major scale on its first position, starting at the 11th fret (D#) on the E string. 

Also below, a video playing pattern 1, E major scale, fret 11

Now the advanced example, trying the pattern over the F minor harmonic scale, starting at the 13th fret (F) on the E string. 

Also below, a video playing pattern 1, F minor harmonic scale, fret 13

And here a quick example about how to use our pattern number number 4 on a chord sequence that goes: XXXXXXXXXX.