Relative Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales for Bass Guitar

Relative ScalesDid 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.


To make sure you understand the concept, try this exercise:

Pick a Key and a scale – major or minor. Lately we’ve been looking at pentatonic scales, so I’d recommend choosing a pentatonic scale for this exercise.

If you chose a minor key, count up three frets (or half steps) to find the relative major key. Now, using the same notes as the minor scale you chose, play the relative major scale.

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If you chose a major scale, count down three half steps (frets) to find the relative minor key. Again, using the same notes as the major scale selected, play the relative minor.

If you can accomplish both tasks, you have a sound understanding of the meaning of relative scales.

If you were not able to accomplish the tasks, leave me a comment to ask questions, OK?

Have fun, and…

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