No.34 Broken Chords – Technical Exercise For Bass Guitar

Hi, this is Greg from Greg’s Bass Shed, welcome to the lesson. I’m doing a new series now on my youtube channel, with bass technical exercises in it. Now I have to learnt a lot of music in my freelance career. I’m learning new tunes every week. If I find some technical aspect of the bassline difficult to play, I normally then make up an exercise similar to that, and then practice the exercises over and again Slowly speeding it up, and then when I come back to play the bassline, I can normally play it fine. But these exercises can also be used just to improve your left hand technique. I’ll do a PDF of all the exercises with TAB. So if you click the link in the description as usual, I’ll send that to you. I’d love to know what you think of these exercises, whether you found them tricky, useful. So please comment below and let me know. The exercise in this lesson is based on part of the bassline from the musical, Waitress. Which was on Broadway, and now it’s in the West End of London. So I’ll be depping on that soon in London, or subbing as you say in the States. So yeah, I found a particular part of one of the basslines tricky, and made this exercise up. The exercise is based on Broken Chords or Arpeggios and they go up to the 10th on each chord. So this exercise is fairly tricky and there’s two obvious fingerings that you can do. You can use one two and three and jump up with one to the tenth, so That’s 1 2 3 1 3 2 3 so 1 2 3 2 1 3 2 3 1 And that starts on the 10th fret and you play a D there. You play an A on the 12th fret of the A string. Then you play a D on the 12th fret of the D string and then you play an F# That’s the 10th And the other fingering you can do is 1 3 4 3 2 I Would say this is a lot more tricky. I find this particular finger a lot more tricky. So when I comes to actually play the bassline, I probably will use 1 2 3 1 So I’ll play you both those exercises now, with the two alternate fingering. And then this is the actual bassline as well. So obviously the exercise is fairly similar to the bassline I’ve just made the exercise with running 8th notes and it’s in 4/4 and the original bassline is in 6 4. So 6 quarter notes in a bar. Once we have our exercise, we can break it down into smaller pieces. So the first measure We can start by going Make sure we’re comfortable with that Do a little section there Do that as well as the next section, and then we put the whole lot together So that just helps to break the exercise into small sections. Also you can try it in lots of different keys around the bass. So you get practice, playing it in different places. So this approach to learning difficult sections of basslines is a really good tool for you to have to practice with. so to summarise, if you’re learning a bassline and you’re finding a small section tricky, then look at what you’re finding difficult. Look to see if there’s a particular technique, and then construct a small exercise around that technique. Break that exercise down into sections. Practise it slowly practice at different places along the neck, and then when you go back to that bit of the bassline, you should be able to play it more easily. Well, I hope you enjoyed this lesson and the exercise, and remember you can get the PDF by clicking the link in my description Box below. Please like and share this and leave a comment below if you’d like me to do more of these exercise lessons. Subscribe to my channel if you haven’t already. I’ve got loads more videos planned, and I’ve got one coming out soon about my SpectraDrive, my TC electronic SpectraDrive pedal. So I’m doing a review of that pedal, and also I’m going to do one of my own basslines. I’m going to do a bassline breakdown on a Kendall Connection track. Which is a blues rock band I play with. So I’m going to show you how to play that bassline. Then how I constructed it. You can also look at I’ve got loads more info on there, and you can join my mailing list. This is Greg from Greg’s Bass Shed. See you at the next lesson

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