Texted my long-suffering daughter:
Breakthrough. After around 9 months working my way through Hall Leonard’s Fast track TABS bass text I gave it away to Kam. [A great nephew].
For my next text, Bass Method, there is only musical notation, zero tabs. But until then I learned how to play minor key scales on E and A up and down the neck. And the blues!
Blues goes like this: Pick a note on the D string. Play the 1-3 on D string (index-ring); play 1-2-3 on the A string-same fret (index-middle-ring); play 1-4 on E string-same fret (weak pinky so I hit the 4th position with ring finger; use the index for the root note as usual).
Throw in some extra notes, change up the rhythms, switch chords when required…you are jamming the blues. At least one simple blues lick anyway.
I’m mixing minor key and blues riffs right now cause I don’t know any better. It always sounds “good to me”-White Stripes. Guess I’m in a minor key blues phase.
Next up for me is learning the major scale finger pattern, then learning to mix up the minor and major keys up and down the neck, the ones that sound good together. Then speed up them fingers. Then I join the Sex Pistols.
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