The pentatonic scale is a five note wonder of music used by bass players in hundreds of amazing bass lines, fills, and solos. In this video I break a few fills down for you so you can see how you can use them in your playing.
For a full rundown on the major and minor pentatonic scales and more ways you can use them, watch these lessons:
Scroll down for the PDF and drum loop for this lesson.
To play pentatonic fills convincingly, first you need to know the shapes inside out. Here are the A Minor and C Major pentatonic shapes. Notice that they contain the same notes - they are related.
Good technique allows you to get around the bass and bring the notes to life. Articulations sound especially good with pentatonic scales.
Here's the drum loop I used in the intro for this lesson.
Practice playing around with the patterns, first without the drum backing then with (or you can use a metronome). Don't forget that playing with great timing and feel should be one of your biggest goals.