I cannot imagine this world without music. For a lot of people, songs help lighten their mood, increase their enthusiasm, remove their stress, and even explain their emotions. For some, making and playing songs is their passion, and an inevitable part of their day. Musicians such as these devote much time and effort into learning how to play their instruments perfectly. And among the many instruments used in a band, a bass guitar is one of the staples, especially in pop, rock, and jazz music.
Those dedicated to improving their skills in playing their bass guitar know the importance of practicing and perfecting their scale playing. As the scale length of this type of guitar is longer than that of an acoustic guitar, it may be more difficult to learn how to play it. Here are some tips for you.
First, do some basic finger exercises such as using your four fingers and playing one finger per fret. These do not only strengthen your fingers, it also improves your sense of rhythm. Then, choose the scale you want to practice with, preferably a scale covering one octave. Play the notes of this scale up and then down. For example: C (Root)-D-E-F-G-A-B-C (Octave), then B-A-G-F-E-D-C (Root). Repeat this three to five times. It will also be beneficial to play the scale pattern on both the upper and lower frets of your bass guitar. Start at the upper frets before shifting to the lower frets to play the same scale.
After you have correctly played the scale up and down and shifted across the various frets, you can now practice sequences of the scale. It’s easier to start with a sequence involving three notes. For example: C (Root)-D-E / D-E-F / E-F-G / F-G-A / G-A-B / A-B-C (Octave). It’s also a good idea to practice a sequence where you omit the notes in between, such as C-E / D-F / E-G / F-A / G-B / A-C. Again, try playing these two sequences about three to five times and shift from the upper to the lower frets of your guitar. If you want to practice these and improve your rhythm too, you can use metronomes and set your desired beats per minute. There are metronomes online you can use.
Now, it is important to remember that another thing musicians have to develop is the ability to know the notes and the pitch by hearing. Remember to listen to the notes you are playing while you practice on your bass guitar. And, as most people know, the best music are played and created when they are done so with love. So, also learn to love your music, and have fun practicing!
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