Lesson 4 – combining plucking/picking and fretting hands (and a basic harmony lesson)
Q’s: I need to develop my technique to better sync my left and right hand. I also want to be more expressive and vary my tone/touch, note length and phrasing. Are there any exercises I can do to develop this?
The starting questions gives you a feel of what I will cover in this lesson.
After focusing on the plucking and fretting hand in two dedicated lessons it’s time to work one combining the techniques and work on getting it all to work together as a single unit.
Some musical lingo is introduced here, musical lingo is actually described all over the ebook and there’s even a dedicated interactive word list. This list is deeply integrated into the book. Highlighted words in the different lessons are clickable and explained. The word list is also searchable, connects a lot of related words and musical terms and let you browse the word list. When you’re done searching and browsing the word list the ebook remembers what you have been up to. It can easily return to where you were when you clicked that first highlighted word during your reading session, cool huh!
Staccato and legato is a big part of the lesson and these two Italian musical terms, and how to use them is, great to have in your musical vocabulary and playing toolbox.
There are exercises that focus on developing and working on these techniques with standard and tab notation as well as pictures and video.
Having a grasp of these techniques (and going in between) will land you a more expressive playing style that breaths and makes your bass parts stand out, building a steady but musical foundation all bass players need.
End-of-Lesson-questions are included. This is a great way for you to check what you have learned in the different lessons in the Lesson Pack.
More info about the Lesson Pack here!
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My parents bought my first ubass at a music store in Honolulu, Hawaii while visiting the islands. I had not been able to try one beforehand. It only took me a very a few moments getting acquainted with the short scale length and rubbery strings. After that I have gotten more and more in love with the feel and sound of the ubass. Hope you have or will get the same feeling for these amazing instruments! Read more about my first encounter here!