One of the most important bass scales to learn is the minor pentatonic scale. This scale is simple and easy. You can use it to make good sounding bass lines, or shred things up on a solo.
What is a Minor Pentatonic Scale?
Unlike a traditional minor or major scale, a minor pentatonic scale has five notes, rather than seven. This not only makes the minor pentatonic easier to learn and play, but also helps it to "fit in" with more chords and keys. It's harder to play a wrong note when you have no weird notes in the scale you're using.
In the following pages, we'll look at how to play any minor pentatonic scale in different positions along the fretboard. If you are unfamiliar with hand positions in bass scales, you should review that first.