Double Bass Scales: The Play-Along Collection

Fully notated scales, backing tracks & written guidance.

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What would it do to your double bass playing if you really knew all of your scales, inside out?

Use this collection to simplify the learning process and get the results you want faster!

What is Double Bass Scales: The Play-Along Collection?

‘Double Bass Scales: The Play-Along Collection’ is a digital sheet music and backing track package written by Geoff Chalmers, the founder of Discover Double Bass. It comprises 17 different scale types in all 12 keys, over one and two octaves. There are detailed fingerings for every scale which are practical, simple to learn and easy to memorise. There is also written guidance on how to best practice scales, which order to learn them, a summary of key facts for each scale and a guide to understanding the modes.

Backing tracks are provided with slow and fast versions of each scale played on a piano, drone notes in 12 keys and a version of each scale played through the cycle of 5ths. These backing tracks help students to quickly identify any problems with their intonation.

In the bonus section, we have included a series of beginner's video lessons, as well as major and minor three-octave scales.

Your Tutor

Geoff Chalmers
Geoff Chalmers

Geoff Chalmers is the founder of Discover Double Bass, an educator and professional double bassist from the UK. He is a double bass fanatic who loves to teach and created Discover Double Bass to give you the tools, inspiration and support you need to create your best music.


Scales are a key part of learning the double bass, regardless of the style of music you play.

What's Included?

The scales are presented in order of difficulty giving you a clear and logical route through the study material.

Fully Notated 1-Octave and 2-Octave Scales in 12 Keys:

Ionian, Dorian, Phrygian, Lydian, Mixolydian, Aeolian, Locrian, Major Pentatonic, Minor Pentatonic, Blues, Chromatic, Harmonic Minor, Melodic Minor, Whole/Half Diminished, Half/Whole Diminished, Altered, Whole Tone.

There are a total of 432 scales in this collection and a short written summary of useful information is provided with each scale type.

Backing Tracks:

  • Backing tracks in 1 & 2 octaves for every key and scale type
  • Each backing track in a slow or fast tempo
  • 12 drone note backing tracks
  • Cycle of 5ths practice tracks in every scale type

There are 912 backing tracks in this collection.

Written Guides:

  • Package introduction
  • Notation guide
  • Fingering patterns
  • Why do we practice scales?
  • Practice guide
  • The modes explained


  • 90 minutes of video lessons for beginner students
  • 3-octave major and minor scales with backing tracks

Lesson Index

  Drone Notes Practice Tracks
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Here's what's being said about the course:

“I just cracked open Double Bass Scales, what a great resource! Good job with the entire package, this will help any serious student do the important task of practicing their scales, in an effective and pleasant way.”

Ed Friedland (Author & Double Bassist with the Mavericks)

“Great playalongs & consistent fingerings, it is easier to work on intonation and fretboard knowledge. Two essential skills.”

– Michal Herman

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the course work with an iPad or tablet computer?
Yes, all of our courses can be viewed via an internet browser. However, please note an up-to-date operating system and/or browser may be required for video playback.
Can I get help if I don't understand something?
Yes, I’ve created the ‘Discover Double Bass Study Group’. This is a private Facebook group in which only bassists who have bought a course can ask questions or view the discussion. Geoff Chalmers and the other members will answer your questions and help to get you back on track!
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
Are there video lessons with this course?
This collection comprises sheet music and backing tracks. However, we have also included a short series of lessons for beginner students in the bonus section.
Can I download the course material?
The scales are provided in (PDFs) and backing tracks (MP3s) can be downloaded as needed. The videos in the bonus section can be streamed online and are not available for download.

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