Some good ways to practice intonation?
I got my first upright yesterday, and I'm really stoked to be a part of this community!
After about two hours of practicing scales yesterday, I looked up "vomit exercises" and did some of that, which is all good. But, call me crazy, I'm looking to expand this routine so I can learn as fast as possible, so I'm asking for some stuff you guys do to help with your intonation!
I had a cool idea to play some standards (with backing track) at very slow tempos so you can easily think about each "correct" movement.
Anyway, show me whatcha got!
Playing with a bow has been a great help for me. Play melodies of standards, even try playing walking lines arco.
The bow definitely is a great idea. It really helps to call out your intonation, which can hide behind pizz a lot easier. Slow and long notes really help with intonation, as you can adjust quickly so it is in tune, and then staying there you train both your ear and your muscle memory to where those notes really are in tune.
Play long tone scales with a tonic drone. If you're playing F major, set the drone to F, and play notes as long as you can, tuning them to the drone. You can make unison, 4ths, 5ths and octaves perfect intervals where there will be no "wobble" between your note and the drone.
Play as much as you can with recordings, or other musicians. Having a constant reference in a backing track or with a piano or something definitely helps. If possible, play exercises, scales, duets, orchestral parts, standard melodies etc. with another bassist. Mutually beneficial, and a little friendly competition never hurt anyone.
Good luck, and enjoy your instrument!
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