Book V       Building a 12 key Facility For the Jazz Bassist Pt II 

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Building a 12 key Facility for the Jazz Bassist Pt. II - Methods for practicing scales, modes &


      While Building a 12 key Facility Pt. I  Book IV in the "Constructing Walking Jazz Bass 

Lines " series for the upright & electric bassist focuses on practicing  jazz standard and 

bebop chord progressions in 12 keys, a task practised rigorously by the masters of the jazz 


       Building a 12 key Facility Pt. II  Book V in the "Constructing Walking Jazz Bass Lines"

series outlines the various approaches used to build instrumental facility through the study 

of scales, modes and arpeggios.

       Included are the Major and Melodic minor scales, arpeggios and modes in 12 keys, 

Bebop scales, Blues scales, Major and Minor pentatonic scales and the Harmonic minor scale 

all in 12 keys. 

Also included are the symmetric scales : Whole tone, Diminished & Augmented scales in 

triad and 7th chord formations.

Incorporating these techniques into the daily practice routine will solidify the core 

foundational structures required for the improvising musician of all genres.

Scale studies are utilised by the bassist to learn harmony and instrumental facility while 

building dexterity, flexibilty and stamina.

The 12 key exercise drills in this book are used as an aid to building muscle memory and 

training the ear.

An excellent resource of information for bass players and music teachers of all levels 

Practicing scales and having a dedicated daily practice routine are at the core of 

professional musicians worldwide.

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