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Combining the Diatonic and Pentatonic Scales

When you start combining pentatonic with diatonic scales you will be really able to open up your bass playing and your knowledge of the fretboard. It will be necessary to be very comfortable with your pentatonic and diatonic scale patterns before taking this lesson.

What are Pentatonic and Diatonic?

Though the main difference between pentatonic and diatonic scales is simply the number of notes used in each (pentatonic containing 5 and the diatonic with 7), they can be worlds apart in terms of sound – the style of music you are playing will be the main influence on choosing which type of scale to use.

Advanced Scale Integration (overlapping scales)

Ok, so you know some scales, and now you want to really figure out how to cover the fretboard!

This lesson on scale integration assumes you’re already familiar with some of the scale patterns, and really takes a closer look at how they overlap, how they can be moved around, and how you can really dominate your fretboard!

The three scale patterns covered in this particular lesson are the pentatonic minor, the pentatonic minor 3 position climb, and the diatonic natural minor.

A Pentatonic Minor Scale (Closed, Root 6) – Scales For Beginners

If you’ve never played a scale before in your life, then THIS is the place to start.

The pentatonic minor scale is the most universal scale, meaning you can apply it to an incredibly broad selection of musical genres. It is used in blues, rock, metal, country, pop, R&B, funk, gospel, bluegrass… the list goes on and on.

In short – you need to learn this scale!

Here’s the tab for the scale in this lesson:

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