Here are 5 crucial tips that’ll improve the fluidity of your bass playing and get you playing faster.
These tips will help you play arpeggios, bass runs, bass licks, and bass lines smoother.
Play faster and more fluid on the bass
Try these 5 tips for improving your fluidity of your bass guitar technique.
In this bass lesson video, I’ll show you:
- which plucking finger to lead with,
- when it matters most,
- an easier way to play arpeggios,
- an easier way to play fourth intervals,
- and how to hold a bass guitar.
These tips will help you play the bass more fluid and improve your fretting hand speed.
Here are the takeaways from this bass lesson:
- When you are ascending and crossing strings, it helps to lead with your pointer finger. That way your middle finger can reach the next string with ease.
- When your are descending and crossing strings, it helps to lead with your middle finger. That way your pointer finger can play the lower string with ease. You can also rake the string, by dragging the same finger.
- When playing arpeggios, it helps to try the odd-even/even-odd approach. By alternating the number of odd/even notes for each string, your fingers can rake the strings. Raking is the same as when a guitarist is sweep picking with a pick.
- When playing fourth intervals, using a different finger to fret each note can make it much easier to play. Many bass players do fine barring the note. But, if you can’t seem to get a smooth sound fretting with the same finger, try this approach instead.
- When holding your bass guitar, it helps to hold it like a shotgun. This will keep your wrists neutral and relaxed. Also explore the how high you wear your bass when you’re standing. The higher you wear your bass, the more relaxed your fretting hand will be. The lower you wear your bass, the more relaxed your plucking hand will be. When you’re relaxed, you’ll play faster and more smooth.
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Developing your technique on the bass is essential to playing with more freedom. Check out this book on Amazon: Bass Playing Techniques: Essential Concepts Series (Musicians Institute: Essential Concepts)