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Jazz Bass Lessons: Etude 17: G Sharp Minor

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This next one is in G sharp minor.
Another closed key.
Lots [LAUGH] of closed pitches here.
So, this is good for
us to really think about, how do we set
up our hand to really play in tune.
We've worked on the scale before.
So, we know where the notes are, it's
just a matter of just getting comfortable
playing in this key for a few minutes,
like we are going to do now.
So, I want you to pay a close attention
that you have a nice straight line here,
that your hands are set up to
get these pitches in tune.
A lot of sharps.
So, the feel on this one, is kind of
a two beat swing with the brushes.
So, you can practice doing your
kind of half-note feel, with maybe
a couple of little fills thrown in,
if you wanna try playing bass lines too.
First, work on the melody
its a very simple melody.
It's all whole notes, and half notes,
so you can really concentrate on your
sound make sure your pulling a nice sound
with your right hand using
the weight of your arm.
Just really relaxed.
Also picking down by the fingerboard here,
not picking up here.
That's another thing that I wanna
get you in the habit of too,
is making sure that you
use the string length.
Get as much string length as possible,
between you, and your pluck note.
So, your right hand,
[SOUND] you see how I'm plucking.
Always towards the end
of the finger board.
It's the most direct, and pointed,
and large sound that we can get.
Sometimes, you might wanna try
some other things on a ballad,
maybe playing up high for
a different sound.
But for this kind of thing,
we wanna make sure that we have a nice,
direct sound with our right hand.
So, two beat feel.
First work on your melody.
I'll do the melody straight,
I'll do the melody embellish, and
then I'll do a little two-feel for you.
So, you can sort of get the idea of what
we're trying to get out of this one.
G sharp minor.