Watch the Minor Second online guitar lesson by Kai Eckhardt from Atomic Bass: Reactive Intervals

The first interval exercise is made up of the smallest steps you can take on the bass guitar or any fretted instrument. This interval is called the minor second, also referred to as a half step. The shortest term for this interval is b2 or m2. You will hear it featured in the theme song for the movie "Jaws". The term second refers to the second step of the major scale and minor second makes it a half step lower. We will now learn to play continuous minor seconds until we reach the octave. This gives you the pure sound of this interval. You will always find twelve notes before the series repeats itself. These twelve half-steps make up the chromatic scale. The chromatic scale in western music is the mother of all scales. Now you are ready to play.

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