#1
To help DelliriumBassist and Co. on thier way to a comprehensive bass F.A.Q. I figured exercises are asked about quite often.

So i'm asking you to post all of your fretting hand exercises.

Here are mine:

All exercises are to be done as 1/4 notes to a metronome beginning around 60bpm and slowly increasing speed as you feel comfortable.


G-4-2-3-1------------------------------|
D----------4-2-3-1---------------------|
A--------------------4-2-3-1-----------|
E------------------------------4-2-3-1-|


This can be repeated or moved up one fret at a time all the way up the neck and back down.

A variation on this to practice string skipping


G-4-2-3-1------------------------------|
D--------------------4-2-3-1-----------|
A----------4-2-3-1---------------------|
E------------------------------4-2-3-1-|


same apply's about movement

By the same token this can be used to practice harmonics


G-(6)-(4)-(5)-(3)-----------------------------------------------------|
D------------------(6)-(4)-(5)-(3)------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------(6)-(4)-(5)-(3)------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------(6)-(4)-(5)-(3)-|


or for a challenge, move it down one fret so the frets are 5 3 4 2

This one is called the spider walk and is from youtube


G-----------------------|
D-----------------------|
A------7-8-5-6--------|
E-5-6-----------8-7---|


I move this down a string (toward the floor), then down again, then back up then start over again. doing this is also good for string skipping

Next is to build strength in your pinky finger (4th finger of your fretting hand)

taken from SX DVD


G-1-4-3-4-------------------------------|
D-----------1-4-3-4---------------------|
A---------------------1-4-3-4-----------|
E-------------------------------1-4-3-4-|


I would repeat each string 4 times before moving.

now post yours
Last edited by Flea_Is_God at Oct 26, 2007,
#2
This is one my teacher taught me that he calls 'the crab'

|-5-6-7-8--------------------------------------------------5-6-7-8-
|-----------5-6-7-8------------------------------5-6-7-8-----------
|---------------------5-6-7-8----------5-6-7-8---------------------
|-------------------------------5-6-7-8-------------------------------

When you play it you have to hold down each note until you move that finger if that makes sense to you
#3
G|------------------------------------------------2-3-2-------------------------------2-4-------2--
D|-------2-3-2-------------2-3-2---------2-5---------5-2--------2-3-2--------4--------2-5---
A|--2-5--------5-2---2-5---------2-5-3---------------------2-5---------5-2-5--------3--------
E|3------------------3---------------------------------------3--------------------------------------

G|--------------------
D|--------------------
A|--2-3-4-5-3-2----
E|3---------------5-3

This is what I play to get my fingers and hand warm!
Last edited by recondite11 at Oct 26, 2007,
#4
Quote by recondite11
G|------------------------------------------------2-3-2
D|-------2-3-2-------------2-3-2---------2-5---------5-2
A|--2-5--------5-2---2-5---------2-5-3-------------------
E|3------------------3--------------------------------------


would you really call the twelve bar blues an exercise because is something that could possibly be played in a band scenario
#5
Quote by bass dude nick
would you really call the twelve bar blues an exercise because is something that could possibly be played in a band scenario


Yes, is a good exercise for your fingers. Helped me. Plus is good for in a band situatin.
#6
G-------------------------6---8---6--9--8--11--9-|
D-------6---7--6--9--7---9------------------------|
A-----7---9------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------|

And play that in all keys. This is now in E. For the unknowables.
The jazz student
Last edited by jazz_croatia at Oct 27, 2007,