I’m learning to play a song on bass. By ear, I can hear the verse riff uses the Eb mixolydian scale.
However, I feel playing Eb mixolydian that high up on the fretboard, starting on Eb on the A string, results in the riff sounding too high pitched. I want to give the riff more bass.
I don’t want to tune my E string down to Eb because I want to use EADG throughout the gig.
I’m thinking of playing the Ab major scale instead because it’s lower down the fretboard and uses the same notes as Eb mixolydian is a mode of Ab major.
How do the more experienced of you solve this problem?
EDIT: Instead of using a 5 string, what about something like below? The scale degree is in brackets.
D || Eb(1)
A || Bb(5) || _ || C(6) || Db(7)
E || F(2) _|| _ || G(3) || Ab(4)