Bass Frontiers Staff Writer
Ed Friedland is no stranger to authoring great bass instructional books, and Hal Leonard’s Pentatonic Scales for Bass is right there in line with the rest of them. Pentatonic scales are one of the most widely used scales in all genres of music and this book covers both major and minor scales and how to best apply them in any situation.
The book, which is accompanied with a cd, is in an easy to read format and has both notation and tablature. The book starts out by covering all major and minor pentatonic scales in universal, open, shifted, and two octave patterns. Technical exercises are presented in standard closed position which work in any key, alternate patterns, and triplet patterns. Pentatonic modes are covered, with the mode being dependent on the starting note, while ending on the same note an octave higher. This allows for better shifting especially when going through key changes, and opens up for more improvisational ideas using the pentatonic scale.
Later in the book, Ed goes over proper use of the pentatonic scale and how to best apply it to chord changes. There are quite a few tunes for instructional purposes in the book with the track available to play along with on the CD. Soloing is covered quite thoroughly towards the end of the book, and covers all chord types used in most genres today.
If you are looking at expanding your vocabulary for improvisation, Hal Leonard’s Pentatonic Scales for Bass by Ed Friedland is a book that I would highly recommend to add to your library. Hal Leonard’s Pentatonic Scales for Bass by Ed Friedland is available from Music Dispatch