Major Scales Bass ($1.99) by Peter Edwards is a simple, but useful way to practice your scales. There are plenty of them, and to become a proficient musician, you need to practice every day. This app gives you TAB and notation for every major bass scale. So, now you have no excuse.
Major Scales Bass is simple. There are 15 different major scales to choose from. Pick one and either view the practice in basic musical notation or TAB. For new musicians, TAB shows where on the fret you should place your fingers; this is ideal for beginners and those unfamiliar with musical notation.
Practicing scales is the foundation to becoming a great musician, but it can be tedious at times. I know I’d rather be rocking out to Led Zeppelin than working on them. But, I also know that I would never be able to commit to those shredding solos if I didn’t keep my fingers limber with practice.
The developer of this and many other scale-related apps, Peter Edwards, is a music teacher and explained in an email that he was tired of his students losing their practice sheets. He discovered that students would be more responsive to practicing if they were able to access the information from their iDevice. Edwards said, “Scales are one of the foundation skills every musician should have; the ability to play all the scales separates the good and great musicians.”
Overall, this is exactly what it says it is; practice sheets for major scales for the bass guitar. The pages are clean and easy to read, and beginners can utilize the TAB feature to help them learn finger placement while practicing their chops. If you have a music student in your house learning bass, pick this up for them.
Do you need to practice your scales? I have a couple of apps to give away. Leave a comment below and tell me if you want bass, piano, guitar, or saxophone. Contest ends Monday, July 4, at 11:59 p.m. CDT.