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Jazz Bass Lessons: Electric Bass: Practicing With Shapes

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Now I'm going to give you a couple and
major and
minor shapes to practice to take around
the horn to take around
the circle of fourths.
The idea is sometimes you know
just to get the coordination and
also practice different
articulations with it.
The figure that I'm going
to give you is like,
it's of the major scale it's the one,
three, two, one.
[MUSIC]
Now you can do it every note picked.
[MUSIC]
That's open.
Practicing with open keys.
[MUSIC]
You can also do it slurred.
[MUSIC]
See, I'm just
hammering on and pulling off.
[MUSIC]
Then you can do it minor, too.
[MUSIC]
So that's one,
minor third, two, one.
One, minor third, two, one.
So the first time I did the fingering
in the major, I did O, one,
O, four, one, O, always.
Now it's O, two, one, O for the minor.
[MUSIC]
And you can slur it too.
See I'm hammering and pulling off.
[MUSIC]
I'm going to show you these shapes and
then we'll put on a little pattern
to play with when you do them.
So here's another closed position,
major shape.
So now,
we're going to stay across two strings,
instead of on one string.
So now we have two.
Actually we're gonna
stay on one string first.
We're gonna go one, four.
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One, four, three, one.
Or one, four, two, one.
[MUSIC]
Harder to slur.
[MUSIC]
You can pull them off and
everything like that, practice step.
But you can play it like this, separate.
[MUSIC]
Okay,
then there's
closed position
minor.
This is an easy, it's one,
four, three, one.
[MUSIC]
So
I'm trying
to get a nice
tone.
And then you can pull it off too and
hammer it.
[MUSIC]
Slowly.
[MUSIC]
See how the different
expressions.
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With that pull,
once you do the hammers and
the pulls and you get
that together its kind of neat you can go
[MUSIC]
and it sounds kind of flowing.
It gives it a different vibe,
instead of going
[MUSIC].
That is another sound separate.
Then you know you can do it.
There's another shape, a closed shape,
where you go across the strings.
Two, one, four, two.
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So now we're fingering always so
we can go across the two strings.
And then,
the last one is closed shape minor.
So now we have to play on the lower
string, four, two, one, four.
[MUSIC]
Four, two, one,
four always.
[MUSIC]
So now, we're going to do these
shapes with a little
groove under us just to,
you know, practice playing it in time.
[MUSIC]
One, two, one,
two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
That's the major open
string, now the minor.
[MUSIC]
Now the closed
position major.
[MUSIC]
You can play
with the rhythm
a little bit.
Here's closed position minor.
[MUSIC]
Play with
it a little bit.
Now here's another closed shape for
the major, across the strings like this.
[MUSIC]
A little
swingage.
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Now here's
the alternate shape for
the minor.
[MUSIC]
Okay, so that's a way to do it,
and hopefully that will
help keep it fresh and
interesting while you're trying
to get your coordination, and
being able to play
around through the keys,
and try different expressions
with that little motif like that.
That's just a four note motif.
Okay, enjoy that one.
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