How To Play Scales In Thirds On The Bass Guitar

Paolo Bass Guitar Theory, Essential Technique Course

Hey Groove Masters, let’s talk about how to play scales in thirds on the bass guitar.

I was 18 years old, excited, raring to go. I’d just scored a place at the prestigious Trinity College Of Music in London, studying bass on their brand new jazz degree.

When I was at high school, I was ‘the guy’ that played music. Everyone knew me for doing just that. It was pretty cool.

However, arriving for my first day ‘in the big smoke’. I had a rude awaking. Music College was full of ‘the guy’ who played like a rock star at high school… and some of them of them had been there shedding for nearly 4 years.

The standard was high. Frighteningly high. My first year was grit and hustle to hang on for dear life. Doubting my own abilities, even wondering if I’d made the right choice and most of all trying to work out if a career in the music industry was even for me.

I’m a grafter and one thing I don’t do… is give up. Nearly 15 years on, the great thing is I can start to pinpoint the moments and the teachers that really helped me start turning a corner and forging the career I’ve got today.

I remember this lesson really clearly, with my bass professor Steve, in my second year at college and it’s stuck with me ever since. This lesson is a really simple idea but what we worked on that day gave me a fresh perspective, that stuck with me forever.

In this lesson, I will share the idea that kick started years of exploration and can do exactly the same for you to. Regardless of what stage you are at with your playing, these ideas will help push your overall musical understanding forward.

In this lesson you’re going to learn

  • How to push the standard major scale forward to the next level.
  • Why there is so much more valuable information in this scale than meets the eye.
  • How this concept can develop your technique, musical understanding and best of all improve your ear.


As always, keep groovin' hard.


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