Learn 11 Amazing Bass Lines (Minor Pentatonic)

Once you can make meaningful connections between abstract ideas and real music, the magic starts. In this lesson, I'll show you how the following famous bass lines all use the same scale: the minor pentatonic.

Here are the bass lines in the video (with the time they appear in the lesson):

03:03 - Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers
03:45 - Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection
05:43 - White Knuckle Ride - Jamiroquai
07:47 - Freedom - Rage Against The Machine
09:09 - Freak Out - Chic
10:15 - Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
11:31 - Demolition Man - The Police
12:15 - Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang
12:45 - Detroit - Marcus Miller
14:37 - Low Rider - War
15:38 - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury & The Blockheads

Scroll down to hear the originals and to see the shapes you need to know.

The Minor Pentatonic Scale

In the lesson I used A Minor Pentatonic. Here are the shapes across the entire bass fretboard. Learn them all.

A Minor Pentatonic Scale For Bass Guitar


11 Famous Minor Pentatonic Bass Lines

Here are the originals in action!


Give It Away - Red Hot Chili Peppers (Am)


Little Green Bag - George Baker Selection (Gm)


White Knuckle Ride - Jamiroquai (Cm)


Freedom - Rage Against The Machine (Dm)


Freak Out - Chic (Am)

Full lesson here.


Billie Jean - Michael Jackson (F#m)


Demolition Man - The Police (Am)


Ladies Night - Kool & The Gang (C#m)


Detroit - Marcus Miller (Gm)


Low Rider - War (Gm)


Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick - Ian Dury & The Blockheads (Fm)


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