Electric Bass: Intermediate

Bass Intermediate: Week #2

Week #2

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Alternate Picking

  • Scale: Ab Major

  • Technique: Syncopation (off beats), Scale theory( intervals)

  • Repertoire: St Louis Blues with alternating bass line and 8th anticipation

Summary

This week we worked on putting the Ab major scale in time in Whole notes. We learned alternating picking (down stroke and up stroke) and did some exercises to get that comfortable and even. We discussed scale theory and intervals which we’ll use in the upcoming weeks to start learning walking bass lines. We also went over syncopation - highlighting off beats- adding anticipations to Saint Louis Blues.

Assignment for next week

Comfortably play through the Ab major scale in time in half notes. Be able to evenly play 8th notes with alternating pick stroke. Comfortably play through Saint Louis Blues with I-V alternating bass with 8th note anticipations.

How to Practice this at home

Warm up by playing 3 sets of 4 measures of 8th notes with alternating pick stroke. Go at a tempo where you can comfortably get through the 4 measures evenly. Play the Ab major scale in whole notes 3 times all the way through, up and down without a wrong note. Play through Saint Louis Blues 3 times with alternating bass notes and 8th note anticipations.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

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Bass Intermediate: Week #1

Week #1

Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: St Louis Blues

  • Scale: Ab Major

  • Technique: Using a pick, Parts of a chord

  • Repertoire: N/A

Summary

We jumped right back into St Louis Blues this week adding an alternating I-V bassline (outlining the outer notes of the chord) for a country/americana-ish feel. We learned the Ab major scale in a transposable position (by changing the root note and using the same finger pattern we can play any major scale). We also learned how to play using a pick rather than fingers.

Assignment for next week

Get comfortable with using a pick to play the bass, we’ll be using a pick all semester. Be able to play the two octave Ab major scale slowly up and down. Be able to play St Louis blues comfortably with the alternating bass line.

How to Practice this at home

Play through St Louis Blues 3x with alternating bass lines (break apart each chord change if you need to). Play up and down the Ab major scale 3 times pausing in between each note, making sure you are playing all the right notes. Practice using your pick on St Louis Blues, and the Scale really getting comfortable with a light pick hold.

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

St Louis Blues with IV walk down PDF

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