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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Etude for 4th & 5th Position Using Triads, Scales & 4th Note Chords

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Here's an etude in the highest
register of the four string bass.
Part of the reason I
wanted to do something for
you like this is to also illustrate the
fact that once we get to the 12th fret,
the whole pattern of
the fret board starts over.
12 fret is just like the open E.
Here we're an octave higher and
then we begin.
The 13th is just like the first fret,
and so forth.
So I'm gonna place you up in here and
it might be uncomfortable at first to you.
But it's actually a beautiful
singing register for the bass.
So I wrote this little
etude that has arpeggios,
some melodies,
some little sequences where you'll hear.
At the end there's some diminished
sequences where you'll hear something and
then it'll be repeated a half step up,
the same sort of sequence of intervals.
It's like a little etude
that you would have,
that I experienced when I was
studying double bass classically.
There were a lot of etudes that
would take you through sounds and
put you in a position on the instrument
where you had to really get comfortable
being in that area.
So let's try this together.
This is Etude for
Fourth and Fifth Position,
using triad scales and
four note chords, arpeggios.
And notice where I finger things for
tone, and for expression.
And I'm adding little pull offs,
and hammers.
And I'd like you to try those too.
Now the
A section
Let's see if we can do
something a little different.
how I
I went down an octave on the C and
you can do the same.
But there's a 8va marking
on a lot of this stuff.
That means an octave higher.
So I wrote the pitches down for
you and then put 8va cuz it's so
high and I didn't want you to have to
read those incredible ledger lines.
I made you do it a little
bit in the A section.
But then I gave you
a break in the B section.
That's what that 8va means.
Those notes are all an octave higher.
But notice that I did this
in the style of the etudes,
like when I was studying classical music
there's a little bit of rubato involved.
There's a pulse, but
the music is supposed to sing and breathe.
This is important for you.
You're gonna do a lot of things on
this site with a metronome, and
with the play along, and
very strict adherence to a strict pulse.
But it's also good to have
that foundational pulse and
then be able to sing and
float a little bit over it as well.
So, I hope you enjoy that.