Measures 11-12 in a Jazz Bass D Major Scale

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Play, or walk measures 11 and 12 in a jazz bass D major scale on a bass guitar; learn how from our professional bass guitar player and composer in this free music instruction video.

Part of the Video Series: Playing Bass Guitar: D Major
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RYAN LARSON: So now we're on our last two measures, and we start right here with our iii minor right? Our F right? D, E, F, iii-vi, ii-V. So this is a iii-vi, ii-V lick, and if we look at the bass very easy iii-vi, ii-V and it usually leads into the I which is the top of our ii but we're just going to keep repeating it and show you all these ways. And since each one only gets two beats you can play in this scale iii-vi, ii-V, iii-vi, ii-V or you can use chromatic notes and slide into it iii and a vi and a ii and a V and a iii and a vi and a ii and a V. So there's a million different ways to walk this scale pattern iii-vi, ii-V but you're going to see it in every key and every song all over the place iii-vi, ii-V especially if you're playing standards. So you really want to go through and get these licks under your fingers and since it's the bass, the pattern stays the same, so you'll start seeing a lot of things as you go through 12 keys that really coexist and you'll start moving around a lot easier. So that's your iii-vi, ii-V in the key of D major.

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