Across The Fretboard In 5 Simple Steps


[info]Please Note: Headphones or External Speakers Are Recommended When Viewing Videos to Properly Hear the Bass[/info]



In today’s video lesson we’ll tackle two questions I folks hit me up with all the time…

The first is about getting more control of the entire width of the fretboard and being able to play more comfortably in different areas…

…And the second is about what are some of the most useful “scales” a beginner needs to know to get playing fast.

Now while it’s true (and in my opinion perfectly ok) that you can get started playing without knowing any scales at all, I understand where the question is coming from.

Incidentally I have a ton of very cool tricks I can teach folks like yourself that’ll quickly give you more and more fretboard fluency (as I call it) but today I want to cover one simple exercise that ties together answers for both questions!

We’ll be looking at what is easily one of the most popularly used scales in almost any form of music, as well as how to break it into digestible pieces that allow you to make it all across the fretboard like a boss…

Go grab your bass (and a metronome if you have one) and let’s get down to it.

View The PDF Tabs









19 responses to “Across The Fretboard In 5 Simple Steps”

  1. […] – If you haven’t yet watched that video (it’s titled “Around the Fretboard In 5 Simple Steps”) then stop this video and go take a look at it, because I’ll be referring to a few Pentatonic […]

  2. kelvin minor Avatar
    kelvin minor

    Alex…you’re a great teacher…Thks for enhancing my skills…4yrs under your teaching….

    1. alexsampson Avatar

      Awesome Kelvin – Thanks for the kind words man!

  3. Petit Avatar

    Thanks Alex
    You are the great

  4. Kevin Butler Avatar
    Kevin Butler

    Love it.

  5. Ash South Africa Avatar
    Ash South Africa

    This is great man,helps me to stay within the key and choose good notes.

  6. Thomas Chase Avatar
    Thomas Chase

    It’s amazing how you can cement this info into someone’s memory when my former bass teacher never had the ability to teach like this!

    1. alexsampson Avatar

      Thanks! if you like this be sure to sign up for the “Bass Ignition Crash Course”:

  7. kayode Avatar

    hey great stuff want to know more

  8. Gary Duvall Avatar

    I really dig your teaching style simple and to the point Alex man I don’t have aNy of your stuff yet but I want it all ok peace Gary T. Duvall

    1. alexsampson Avatar

      Thanks Gary – Looking forward to have you join us on the inside bruh!

  9. Denver Avatar

    Awesome! Thanks! Now I understand how it works. Always want to play bass, but to busy. Thanks Alex. Not everyone is a teacher, but you are a true teacher.

  10. Cesar Santana Avatar
    Cesar Santana

    I found the information to be interesting and motivating, from a beginner’s point of view. The way you explain ( teach ) the material is excellent.

  11. David Ferry Avatar
    David Ferry

    Thank you this was a great help for me. Also can you play the bass with a thick pick. I play a dobro and the pick that I am talking about is the thumb pick.

  12. Fred Smith Avatar
    Fred Smith


  13. Willis Wilson Avatar
    Willis Wilson

    Thanks Alex, for taking the time to break these courses down. I have come along way thanks to you and these outstanding lessons. I am really enjoying the Fretboard Formula Master Classes . I am hopeing that you will do more on Gospel Bass in the future or if there is a DVD on Gospel Bass Playing please let me know . These classes are incredible, keep up the outstanding teaching as i look forward to other new lessons.


    1. alexsampson Avatar

      Hey Willis great to hear! Cheers bro!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *