#1
sometimes it happens without me noticing anyone know some good exercises to help me keep the 1-2-1-2 rhythm
#2
Set aside some time to consciously go 1-2-1-2 over and over. Practice on all strings.

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#3
Learn songs that are finger picked. Also, try songs that aren't. Fret the chords and come up with your own little fingerpicking arrangement. Makes things intersting.
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#4
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Set aside some time to consciously go 1-2-1-2 over and over. Practice on all strings.


with a metronome, would be a good idea. if u dont have one, heres one: www.metronomeonline.com
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#5
Simple really, although to quote Jaco "...is one of the hardest thing you can learn". it's the basis of playing the intrument witout a pick, so it's something you should spend considerable time on. Basically, scales, chromatics, arpeggios are all you need. even "speed" practice on root notes works wonders. just use a metronome and build up over time. it takes a long time to get solid, fast technique.

Patience !

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#6
The answer to most questions is practice. Use the metronome link someone posted earlier and just keep working at it. If you keep working on it and keep a positive attitude about it, you'll notice you're improving soon.
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#7
When I was first learning to play bass, I had the habit of just using my index. Since I am not James Jamerson, this was an issue.

What finally broke me of the habit was to play scales with a metronome and then out loud say "index - middle" as I slowly alternated the two fingers. It worked like a charm.
#8
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Simple really, although to quote Jaco "...is one of the hardest thing you can learn". it's the basis of playing the intrument witout a pick, so it's something you should spend considerable time on. Basically, scales, chromatics, arpeggios are all you need. even "speed" practice on root notes works wonders. just use a metronome and build up over time. it takes a long time to get solid, fast technique.

Patience !

How long you been playing?


Stated with truth! I must emphasize the importance of scales though as they're really useful to getting alternating fingers into play.
#9
Its amazing what scales and a metronome can do for you. Just practice on simple things like that and you get loads better over time. What I did was think about walking over the strings when I'm playing, If you don't alternate, you trip. Sometimes I used exercises like this too

G--------|-------|----0-|
D--------|-----0-|-0-0--|
A------0-|-0-0---|------|
E-0-0----|-------|------|
Play each 4x

Going up and down the strings using patterns like that and concentrating on always alternating even when there's not beats easily divided into 2s.
#10
I don't know how I did it. I used to mostly use my middle finger, then some songs I just wouldn't be fast enough and started alternating and it just became a habit.
#11
try plucking your nose while waiting at traffic lights..
lol...just joking of course