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


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.

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