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E Minor Scale on Bass

The E minor scale is probably the first minor scale you should learn on the bass guitar. It is arguably the easiest minor scale for a bassist to play. It is also an easy key for guitarists, and consequently a large portion of guitar-based music is in E minor.

The key of E minor has one sharp. The notes of the scale are E, F♯, G, A, B, C and D. It's not hard to see why this scale is so well suited for bass. All the open strings are part of it, and the root of the scale is the lowest note on the instrument.

The same notes also comprise the G major scale, as well as all the modes of the G major scale. The only difference is that you start on G instead of E. E minor is called the relative minor of G major.

In this article we'll look at how an E minor scale is played in each of the hand positions along the fretboard. If you haven't read about bass scales and hand positions yet, it may be helpful.

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