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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Basic Sound Production 4: String Crossing Exercise in 4ths

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Now we're going to do a string crossing
exercise that's really gonna
work the right hand as well.
We're gonna try to do some
different rhythms with it, too.
The fingering, it's basically a pattern
that's gonna move up in half steps.
With the exception of the first
bar which is starting on F where I use my
first finger cuz it's down on the bottom.
Every part of the pattern after
that it's gonna start with two and
it's gonna be identical fingering.
So the first bar is different from the
rest only because we have to use some open
strings there.
So the pattern goes like this.
I'll show you.
It's one, one, one, o, that's open string,
four, four, four, two, o.
It's a little melody.
Maybe go
That's a good exercise, see if you can
use one finger and play the triplets.
Then from there,
the fingering would be two, two, two,
one, four, four, four, three, one.
Two, two.
Two, one.
Four, four.
Three, one.
So, I'll do it slower for you.
I'll walk it back to the first one.
Notice ringing.
Try to keep the tone thick and consistent.
Now move up.
Two, two, two, one, four,
four, four, three, one.
I'm switching
up rhythms.
Try to give
my right hand
a workout.
So you
can make
a little
piece out
of it.
You can try to play
different articulations.
You can get to the top and
slur like the last one.
I hammered and pulled it off.
You can pull off on every one,
you can go
There's also trills, like that.
That's another way to hammer something,
and you hammer on and you pull off.
Hammer it rhythm,
there's eight notes.
16 notes, so that's a one for
string crossing so it gets both
your right hand because
you have to keep going.
You can
play with it,
in other words.
I would like to encourage you in all these
exercises to use your imagination, and
make the your own.
I'm giving you tools
that you can run with,
ways to try to get flexibility
on the instrument.
But I never want you to feel like you
have to practice these in a wooden way.
Practice them with grooves,
you know, there are so
many apps now that you can use.
And we might explore some
of that later on, actually.
There's so many apps that you can
use that have drum beats on them and
patterns that you can practice,
these technical things with, and
play different rhythms with, so
I would encourage you to do that.