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[MUSIC]
So,
now that we have that practice schedule,
what I wanna do is learn how to do that in
all the keys, because it's very important
to know all the notes on the bass.
And one of the ways we practice that, is
we use the cycle of fourths,
which the bass is tuned in fourths.
[SOUND] And we learn, we play that passage
in every key.
So we start on the C, and it would sound,
we'd be in each one of these keys.
[MUSIC]
So
starting with C up at the fourth would be
F,
then the B flat then the E flat,
the A flat, [SOUND] D flat, G flat, B,
[SOUND] and then back to C, [SOUND].
So what we're gonna do is the same.
Exercise where we play one note per click,
then two notes per click,
then three and then four notes per click.
But now we're gonna do it in all the keys
on the bass, so
that we know where all the notes are and
feel very comfortable.
So let's just start with the key of C and
do the one note per click exercise.
[SOUND] One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
There goes two notes.
[MUSIC]
So now, then you would go to the three and
four notes.
I'm gonna.
Since we're gonna change keys now, I'll
start in the key of F, and
we'll do the same exercise.
With the note per click and the two notes
per click.
Here we go.
[SOUND] Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Here we go.
Two notes per click.
[MUSIC]
Now you'd go on and do three and four
notes in the key of F.
Now we're gonna switch to the key of B
flat.
[MUSIC]
Here we go.
In the key of B flat.
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Two notes per click.
[MUSIC]
Three notes per click.
[MUSIC]
Okay that, I can feel that actually, so.
We'll shake our hands out.
What I used to do too was if my hands get
a little sore or
stiff, just dip them in a sink full of
warm water.
And it kinda just helps the blood
circulate a little bit.
So that was in the key of B flat.
We're gonna go into the key of E flat.
Now what you'll notice,
is B flat is probably gonna be a little
bit harder because.
The notes, the, the frets are actually
spaced a little bit wider than they
are down here on this part of the neck so,
it, it's gonna feel a little more,
you'll get a little more tension when
you're playing down here.
So just make a note and be aware of that.
So here we go in the key of E flat.
One note per click.
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Two notes per click.
[MUSIC]
And we'll go to three and four notes.
What this is an opportunity to do as well
is work on,
a little bit of vibrato, if you notice
when I was doing one note per click,
I started to incorporate a little vibrato
just to.
[MUSIC]
And practicing should be fun and it should
be musical.
So, when it starts to sound like you're
making music,
that's where you feel like you're
progressing.
And I guarantee you.
If you go through all of these exercises
every day, for however long it takes you.
In one month you will notice a vast
improvement in your playing,
your speed, your articulation.
And you'll actually sound like you, you
really know what you're doing.
So.
And we are going through the cycle of
fourths, so now we,
we finished in E flat we're gonna start on
A flat now.
[SOUND] Here we go.
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Two notes per click.
[MUSIC]
Let's go for three notes per click.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
So you can definitely feel that.
I can feel it all in these muscles and I
started to feel it up here.
So again, you know, give yourself a little
hand massage.
Kinda just.
Keep the muscles working.
Now what this is doing, is training your
muscles to feel very comfortable.
You can play those notes slowly.
And if you can play them slowly you'll be
able to increase your speed.
But never play faster than you can
articulate with your, with your fingers.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
We were in A-flat there.
We're gonna move now to, D-flat.
[SOUND] One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Two notes per, beat.
[MUSIC]
Now we will and go to, G-flat now.
Now, here we go, two, three, four,
[MUSIC]
Here
we
go.
Two
notes.
[MUSIC]
Two,
four.
[MUSIC]
And as you notice up here it's a little
easier to, to play fast cuz the.
Spacing of the, of the frets, a little
closer so
we don't have to, have our fingers spread
so wide.
So you're going to notice that you're
going to get a lot of speed up here,
automatically, because the frets are
closer together.
So that was G-flat.
Now we go from the key of G-flat, to the
key of B.
Here we go, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
To the key of E.
One, two, three, four
[MUSIC]
Two
notes
for
every
beat.
[MUSIC]
Next in our cycle is A.
[MUSIC]
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
These two notes will be.
[MUSIC]
If you notice, I'm using the one finger
technique on the right hand just to switch
it up between playing the two finger and
one finger technique.
Next in our cycle is the D, key of D.
[SOUND] Here we go.
[SOUND] Two, three, [SOUND] four.
[MUSIC]
Two notes per click.
[MUSIC]
Next key in our cycle is the key of G.
[SOUND] Three, [SOUND] four.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Here we go two notes per click.
[MUSIC]
And that brings us back around to where we
started in the cycle to the key of C.
So we hit just on all the notes in the
cycle.
[MUSIC]
And
if you, can play that, in all of those
keys, you've actually covered,
most of the notes on the instrument.
One of the other things, we'd like to
mention, for
those of you that wanna work on your
theory,
is the Artist Works Music Theory Workshop,
with Jonathan Coopersmith.
And if you just look on the website.
Go to the homepage.
Or, on the tab on my site.
You can find or you can go there and
those, lessons are also available to you
so that's the Artist Works Music Theory
workshop with Jonathan Coopersmith.
Check it out.
[MUSIC]