The Nashville Number System

The Nashville Number charts are a standard way to write out chord progressions and arrangements for songs that do not require reading music. This approach came about in the 1950s as the studio crew known as the A Team was recording around the clock in studios like the Quonset Hut and RCA Studio B with artists like Elvis, Brenda Lee, Roy Orbison, Marty Robbins, and countless other Country, Pop and Rock artists. I believe credit for this system lies with the Vocal group the Jordanaires who sang backup on most of the record dates in Nashville at that time. Continue reading

Relative Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales for Bass Guitar

Did you know that every scale – whether major or minor – has a relative scale? Knowing the relationship between major and minor scales will help you better understand how these scales can be used to create bass lines.

For this lesson, feel free to put your bass down and just watch/listen to the video.

Once you have watched the video, try the exercise outlined below.


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Comparing the Minor and Minor Pentatonic Scales

In order to move forward in our discussion on the minor pentatonic scale, it’s important to understand a bit of music theory. Don’t get nervous – I’ll do my best to make it simple.

This video shows how the minor scale and minor pentatonic scale are related. Basically, all you do is remove two notes from the minor scale to create the minor pentatonic. To better understand this lesson, it’s important that you know the alternate fingering for the minor pentatonic scale. You can review that here. Continue reading

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