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Bass Fitness - An Exercising Handbook (Guitar School) Paperback – May 1, 1991
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When I purchased this book I had recently made the decision to switch to a fluid 4 finger right hand method. And this book, although written for left hand method, has the potential to help you mentally seperate all 8 of your primary usable digits. I wrote out opposable right hand patterns to play the written left hand exercises, and I must tell you it has been a journey. But then again I think I've probly doubled in ability in the last year and I attribute much of that to this text. If you purchase this book and practice one of these a day, starting at 60bpm and working to 180, while using at least 12 positions for 20 or so minutes... I guarentee you, you will be a stronger bassists. But then again thats a lot of commitment. If your looking for simple chop builders this might not be for you. Although these exersices are relativly simple, they still require a strength of will.
After just 15 minutes of doing the exercises on the first page I was able to play a middle eastern pattern that I had been struggling with for weeks. If you play with a metronome as the author suggests, much sooner than later you will be physically able to play any song you want. How to read that song, however, is not what this book is about. This book will also help you develop a fluid wrist. The more fluid my left wrist the more solid my tone and the less buzz I get no matter how many frets my fingers are spread across. Between this and the book "Fretboard Roadmaps Bass Guitar" you'll develop great bass skills.
Skills aside, I'm looking forward to trying a book that will help develop the feel of a bass player and get how a bass player fits in and interacts with a band. That's where Ed Friedland's "Bass Grooves: Develop Your Groove and Play Like the Pros in Any Style," comes in. Friedland writes out the drum machine parts for you to program into your drum machine to accompany the bass.Read more ›
I will add a few notes, for the author's instructions are minimal (though certainly enough to sort it out yourself). If you play one exercise at 60, 120, and 180 bpm, it will take you 12 minutes to complete with no breaks. Absolutely do it to a metronome, as the exercises will double as some good tempo training. Be ruthless about emphasizing the precision and clarity of tone; otherwise, you will sound like those Saturday afternoon guitar store show-offs who blaze away and sound terrible.
When I am done, I also add five minutes on plucking hand only at the fastest speed I can go (with metronome, moving randomly up and down the strings) to get song-length endurace and accuracy at high speed. This seems to even out the workout on both hands in a practical manner.
Set the actual BPM count to end at the highest you can do accurately, which is probably not 180 at first. Then work the numbers up. Do start with the 60 bpm suggested, as it helps teach you how to hold down slow grooves.
This is not musical training, so make it only a small part of your daily routine, no more than a quarter of the total time. Do not shorten your other practice. If you have a limited amount of time for everything (welcome to the real world), then you must work out some abbreviated version.
Do NOT start doing these two days before a gig, because your hands are going to be a bit stiff and sore for a while, and your accuracy and speed will temporarily suffer.
Great resource for the serious bassist. Lousy resource if you want to look at pretty pictures and fantasize about being a rock star.
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This is book is ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!!! I have been playing the bass for about 20 years and when I started using it, my fingers have never felt stronger. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel Bushrah Sesay
Excellent book for a beginner like myself. The exercises are easy to understand and follow. The book was also in great condition.Published 4 months ago by NeedaBook
As a novice bass player, looking forward to using this resourcePublished 5 months ago by Michael D.
Great book for learning your way on the bass fretboard. Bought to help supplement my Bass classes.Published 7 months ago by Michael C