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Jazz Bass Lessons: G Thumb Position Exercise

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[MUSIC]
Now we're gonna start
actually in thumb position.
We've done our transition exercises and
now we're starting out in thumb position.
And I'm gonna show you some of the
intervals in the hand that we need to sort
of get used to.
For supplemental work in this
you might wanna consult,
Francesco Petracchi's book, Simplified
Higher Technique, the Italian virtuoso.
He did a whole book on thumb
position that's very exhaustive.
But I used a similar idea and
I want to run it by you right now.
The first thing in our hand, the first
sound, if we start on G, [SOUND] the first
sound we have to master is the chromatic
sound where you just go half steps.
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So that's G A flat.
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A, B flat.
Let's make sure that our
arm's all the way around C.
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We can measure the G,
press down there.
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So it's.
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So G,
A flat, A,
B flat.
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Then there's, I call it just the beginning
of a free G in scale,
which is a G, A flat, B flat, C.
Now see where there's
a little extension here?
We go G, A flat.
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So G, A flat, B flat.
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So,
you see what I did.
I went G [SOUND],
A flat [SOUND], then [SOUND] so,
it's a little extended thing.
I'm going thumb, one, one, three.
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You can do sliding to measure, you can go.
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Til you get the hang of it,
make sure that this doesn't get too crazy,
sometimes it sticks out.
That creates tension, so you want.
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So that's the Phrygian position,
then there's,
you can think of it as the top of a C
harmonic minor, which is G,
A flat, B natural.
[SOUND] Check that B.
[SOUND] Make sure your elbow
is out enough to give you.
[SOUND] So that's G,
A flat, B, C.
[MUSIC]
Then there's half whole diminished.
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Half step,
whole step, half step.
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So that's G,
A flat, B flat, B.
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Then there's whole step, half, half.
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You can use your D string to
check it, but that's like a G.
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B,
B flat, and B.
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Then there's
the beginning of a G minor.
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So that's G, A, B flat, C.
[MUSIC]
And then there's just a minor
third and then some half steps.
G, B flat, B, C.
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As much as you can get
your hand around, the better.
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See how the arm comes around?
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Then we can ensure that that's really a C,
and there's a B.
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And there's the B flat.
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There's even harmonic under that B.
So that's it on the G.
Well, there's one more major.
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That's like the bottom of a G major
scale or the top of a C major scale.
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Okay?
So then you do the same
things on the D string and
the A string.
I'll just show you a little bit
on the D and then we'll move on.
Chromatic on the D.
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D, E flat, E, F.
And you could do it on the A.
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And chromatic on the E.
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So then you do all the things.
They're on your sheet here.
You do all the little
things starting on G.
And then you'll have a grasp of all the
little sounds from sort of the G to the C.
[SOUND] There's all the little
permutations that you can do
chromatically, whole step,
half step, minor, major.
You'll have the little
intervals in your hand.
And you do them carefully and
slowly so you can block them out.
Really wanna block your hand out so
that it can be accurate every time.
So that's starting in the G position,
and thumb position.
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