Join John Patitucci for an in-depth discussion in this video Left-hand dexterity builders, part of John Patitucci: Electric Bass Complete.
- Now that we've established proper hand position, let's work on some exercises for the strengthening of the hand. These particular exercises will also give you independence of the fingers, and we'll work with hammers and pulls as well. Let's start with an exercise called the spider. This is an exercise derived from a guitar exercise that my brother showed me. It starts out on the D string with G, the first finger, and a parallel fifth with the third finger, D on the G string. Now another parallel fifth, second finger on A-flat on the D string, to fourth finger on E-flat on the G string. So the first half of the exercise goes like this. (plays bass) Now the second half of the exercise is minor thirds. It starts with the third finger on A on the D string, first finger on C on the G string. Fourth finger on B-flat on the D string, second finger on D-flat on the G string. As with all these exercises that we're going to do right now, we're going to use the drum machine, or if you don't have a drum machine, you can use a metronome. The most important thing is you practice everything you do in time, to develop a very consistent time, and also a very dextrous left hand that can execute time with efficiency and ease. So, we'll start with a simple beat. (drums playing) Notice I have the high-hat on sixteenths. It's always important to lock in on the subdivision, in any exercise. Subdivision is the smallest part of the beat, in this case, it's sixteenth notes. Kick drum is on one of each bar, and the cross stick is on all quarters. Slowly at first, in order to make this exercise the most helpful. (plays bass) Each note should sustain into the next. (plays bass double time) (plays bass double time) I want you to practice that very slowly, and gradually work your way up on the metronome or the drum machine until you can play it rapidly. Now, the next part of the exercise extends this fingering, one-three, two-four, three-one, four-two, into octaves. We have octave Ds, octave E-flats, on the A string and G string respectively. Then we have a minor sixth, E to C on the A to the G string, and then F on the A string to D-flat on the G string. So it's going to sound like this. (drums play) Two, three, four. (plays bass) (plays bass double tempo) (plays bass double tempo) Now that you've got that together, we'll branch the exercise out one more time, and we'll go for elevenths. Now we'll start with A on the E string, first finger again, and D on the G string, with the third finger. Then the second finger on B-flat, the fourth finger on E-flat, then we'll have minor ninths, B with the third finger on the E string to first finger on C on the G string, then C on the E string to D-flat on the G string, fourth finger and second finger consecutively. So. (drums play) Here we go again. (plays bass) (plays bass double tempo) (plays bass double tempo)
This course was created by Alfred Music. We are pleased to offer this training in our library.
- Left-hand dexterity builders
- Right-hand picking exercises
- Time and grooves
- Playing off the bass drum
- Chord voicings on the six-string bass
- Ear training