Modes confuse musicians.
I should know because they terrorised me for years but once I got a handle on them, they changed how I saw music. They really are everywhere when it comes to bass playing and they're actually easy to learn.
This lesson will show you how. If you scroll further down you'll find a free PDF cheat sheet with all the shapes.
It's only easy, however, if you already know the major and natural minor shapes below. This memory aid is based on the mode being only one note different to the following shapes (actually there is one mode that differs by two notes but we'll get to that).
So learn these patterns!
Bass Guitar Mode Cheat Sheet
Further Bass Guitar Mode Lessons
The main point to grasp with scales or anything music theory related is that these are just tools. How you use these and how you learn to hear them in music is what it's all about.
Do a little bit each day and you will understand this more and more. Your ear will strengthen, you'll start to recognise modes in your favourite bass lines, and you'll start to be able to improvise using them.
It's very cool when that happens so stick with it!
Any questions, let me know.