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Best way to practice Arpeggio's?

Discussion in 'Ask the Berklee Bass Department' started by Stu Rose, Sep 27, 2013.

  1. Greetings

    What to you feel is the best way to practice Arpeggio's for beginner/intermediate bass students for several purposes;

    Learning diatonic chords, learning the finger board, and ear training get the chords sounds in your head?
  2. Danny Morris

    Danny Morris Berklee Bass Department

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hey Stu!
    practice the arpeggios along with a song...first learn the chord progression from the song...then instead of playing the actual bassline to the song, carve out the arpeggios in a musical fashion, ya know, groove..this way, you are accomplishing two things while practicing..one- hearing the chord sound and two-simultaneously learning the fretboard geography for a later time when you might compose your own bassline to another song...we need to learn chord arpeggios as a rudimentary ear training exercise... the caveat here is to remind yourself that when getting back to playing music, a bassline if often a fraction of the actual chord arrpegio...aka "less is more"..This morning in Pop Repertoire lab we learned a tune from the newest Pear Jam cd called sirens...cool chord progression...check it!
    D Mo
  3. Wow great suggestion.

    Is there an particular exercises you recommend to practice diatonic chord arpeggios and should you do all 12 scales and all possible inversions or is that over kill?
  4. Danny Morris

    Danny Morris Berklee Bass Department

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hey Stu,
    go to momethod.com and hit the videos tab..there is a link to Bass Performance 101: Modes offered thru Berkee Online... this will give you a way to look at working with modes....slow and steady is the way to proceed..it's all a combination of ear training and fretboard geography...also technique and developing your own voice on the instrument...
    have fun man!!
    when you practice modes you develop an ear for how harmony works as polyphony...hearing more than one note at a time.. a note is there for a reason...it has a consequence to the music....recommend playing a chordal instrument too.. piano or guitar...helps to hear the overall vibe..
    D Mo

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