Handy Guide on Ari’s Key Concepts of Bass Technique

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Ari’s Key Concepts of Bass Technique

Conscious • Connected • Coordinated

Minimize Movement Maximize Relaxation

Breathe • Think ahead • Practice slowly with a click*

Keep posture roughly the same when standing and sitting

Left Hand

  • Keep fingers close to the fretboard
  • Plan fingering to optimize shifts
  • “Feel at home” with common structures (scales, triads etc, music theory on the fretboard)
  • Don’t squeeze the neck – provide counterweight with right arm Thumb is there to guide
  • Don’t kink fingers*
  • Place fingers close to frets*
  • One-finger-per-fret position*

Right Hand

  • Rest arm comfortably on bass body*
  • Have a plan for your plucking pattern (middle/index alternating)
  • Know your dominant finger
  • Keep fingers close to the strings
  • Make different plucking fingers sound as evenly as possible
  • Pluck toward the bass for bigger tone
  • Find strings without looking
  • Have a plan for thumb placement
  • Don’t kink fingers

 

 

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