Bass Guitar Theory Nuts & Bolts: Music Theory Explained in Practical, Everyday Context for All Genres


Bass Guitar Theory Nuts & Bolts is your comprehensive guide to understanding music theory in a practical, everyday context. This book provides plain language explanations that link scales to chords and melodies, making music theory accessible and immediately applicable to your own music. Addressing a common obstacle among bassists – the lack of understanding of music’s basic construction – it employs the Seeing Music method of visual learning to help you mentally map chord shapes onto your fingerboard. This resource offers insights into scale and chord construction, the relationship between major and minor, the identification of musical intervals, solo improvisation strategies, and more. The book includes free downloadable audio examples to facilitate your learning process. Don’t just memorize; understand the hows and whys of music theory and apply these fundamental concepts to any music style, at any level of musicianship.

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A Complete Guide to Music Theory on the Bass Guitar in Practical, Everyday Context. For All Genres – Understand the Working of How Chords, Scales and Melodies Are All Related.

Bass Guitar Theory Nuts & Bolts has the theory answers you’ve been seeking, in plain language that links scales to chords and melodies in practical terms. It’s music theory in no-nonsense form that you’ll use in your own music, starting the first day.

Bassists have a common obstacle to musical growth: they often lack understanding of the basic construction of music. To progress, it’s crucial to know the mechanics of music. It’s music theory that’s behind great music, but too often discussions of music theory get too theoretical for most of us.

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It’s this EASY: Just as you can draw the basic shapes of triangle, square or circle from memory, successful bass players can visually “draw” chord shapes on their ­fingerboards and move those shapes around easily, creating new music. This is the Seeing Music method of visual learning.

When you learn the simple rules that connect scales to chords, you’ll be ready to create on-the-spot, anytime.

Don’t spend time memorizing! Knowing the “Hows” and “Whys” of scale and chord construction will let you spell them in any situation. And, it’s probably much simpler than you imagine.

Learn the secrets of how scales, triads and chords are all related.

Once you’ve seen the connection between the elements of melody and harmony, you’ll never be the same. Because the concepts are fundamental, you will be applying them to any music, any style and at every level of musicianship. The best part? There’s very little to memorize.

Take your music to the next level with this comprehensive guide to music theory.

In Bass Guitar Theory Nuts & Bolts, you will learn:

  • How to read fretboard diagrams
  • How to divide the fretboard into zones for memorization
  • How to create major and minor scales, triads and chords
  • How to identify any musical interval
  • How to transpose a chord progression
  • The relationship between major and minor
  • How to spell various types of 7th and 9th chords
  • How to begin improvising solos and develop soloing strategies
  • All 7 modes of a major scale
  • How modern chords break the rules!
  • How to create your own chord progressions
  • How to arrange your playing with other musicians

Complete Chapter Listing:

  • They Hold Everything Together
  • Fretboard Diagrams
  • Know Your Fretboard (Part I)
  • Know Your Fretboard (Part II)
  • Why Bassists Must Know Chords
  • Linking Scales, Triads and Chords
  • Minor Scales, Triads and Chords
  • Intervals
  • Even More Scales and Chords
  • Seeing the Whole Fretboard
  • How Major and Minor Are Related
  • 7th Chords
  • Transposing Chord Progressions
  • 9th Chords
  • Chord Progressions
  • Basic Improvising
  • Modern Chords: The Rule Breakers
  • Creating Your Own Music
  • Modal Theory
  • Playing with Other Musicians
  • You Put It All Together
  • Triad and Scale Reference

A comprehensive guide to music theory you can use. You’ll enjoy this common-sense approach to the inner workings of music.

Additional information

Dimensions 8.5 × 11 in
Product Type



Bass Guitar




Right handed