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Jazz Bass Lessons: Left Hand Positions and Division of Neck

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Let's focus on the left
hand positions as we move up
the neck a little ways.
I'm gonna go, starting in the position
we talked about before called
A flat position, where we have the open G,
A flat, A, and B flat.
Remember holding our hands in that
position where we get all three notes,
in each position.
Each position has three notes.
Three stopped notes.
A flat, check it with the E string.
Or we can call it G sharp as well.
A flat is the same as G sharp.
A natural.
Use the D to check it and the B flat.
Now we're gonna let our
hand go from that position.
Now watch,
we're gonna slide up one
half step to the A position.
We're going to A flat to the A position.
Now we're in the A position notice how I
let my first finger slide up
just one little half step.
I went from here.
And I shifted with my arm,
my fingers didn't change position and
get all crazy.
We just went from here.
Make sure that A's in tune.
Use the D to check it.
So now we have an A, a B flat, and a B.
Now when we get to this B,
remember we spoke before about if you
lightly press your finger down but
don't hold it down all the way or
you get harmonic.
Under that B there's a harmonic.
It's another way to check and make sure
that you're all the way on that B note.
See if
i can get it
to speak.
There it is.
Now we're gonna start from A position.
We're gonna slide up one half
step from the A flat position
to the A.
So now we have our first finger on a.
So we have an A.
[SOUND] With the first finger.
B flat with the second finger,
and B with the fourth finger.
Notice the fingering is always one,
two, and four.
Now we're gonna slide
up again to B flat position.
>> [MUSIC]
>> There's a harmonic under that C note.
Remember harmonics,
we press our left hand down half way, and
we pick the note,
to make sure we are under that C.
That we have that note C firmly in hand.
Now we're gonna go up to B position.
We have B, C and
C sharp [SOUND] Now,
we're gonna slide up,
finally, to C position.
[SOUND] Now we can check our open D,
with the last note which is a D.
[SOUND] So we have a C [SOUND]
Check with the A string
and then D.
So we're always checking with open strings
as much as possible to make sure that
our position is solid and in tune.
Remember the thumb stays
behind the second finger.
And the forearm is fairly straight.
So when we shift up in these positions,
the arm does the shifting and
the finger's like a little caliper,
set of calipers, gets a little closer,
gets a little smaller.
The hand gets a little smaller
as we go up the neck cuz
the notes get closer together.
Down here in A flat position it's
the widest spacing on the base.
As we go up there's
a harmonic on the D as well.
Notice how the hand's a little smaller now
than it was down here.
Okay, so you get the idea.
These are the basic positions for
now that we're going to deal with,
so we're going to go from A flat to,
A position, to B flat position.
B and C position, we're going to arrive.
we're going to go all the way
up to the D on the G-string.
the following exercises that we get into
will go up to about that far for now.