Bass Finger Exercises

by Dave Gagnon

Here's a slight spin on the classic bass finger exercises that many of you already know.

This will be fun and easy, especially if you take some time and learn the basic concepts at work here.

The first example begins with your index finger up at the 12th fret on the G-String. We're starting in the higher register of the bass because the frets are closer together up there and that should help your fingers stay more relaxed while warming up.

For both of these exercises use the "finger-per-fret" method on your fretting hand. The finger numbers are noted below the tab but if you keep your hand spread one finger-per-fret you will logically play it correctly.

Remember to go as slowly as you need to in order to execute this evenly and accurately. Also, If you have a metronome this is the perfect time to use it!




If you think you've nailed the first example then give this next one a try.

It's basically the same form except it starts up at the 15th fret with your pinky and uses the opposite fretting pattern (4321). How about we try it on the D-String this time?



Get the idea?

These exercises are great for warming-up and can also help your playing become more fluid, "in-time", and rock solid! I recommend practicing these routines for 5 minutes everyday or whenever you get the time.

Remember to really listen to the way you play and try and make it sound as good as possible. Have you noticed any string noises from the plucking hand banging around? What about sloppiness when the fretting hand is making shifts?

Keep practicing!




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