[size=-2]I feel I sould state that I have been playing bass since 1971 - played professionaly in the early to mid 80's, and have been teaching bass, (prefering to concentrate on beginner bass technique & introduction to theory) for the past 10 years..... my students are, for the most part, aged 11-19, and most know nothing about playing bass when they come to me, just in case you're wondering where I'm coming from. My style of teaching is laid back, and sometimes unconventional... but kids are unconventional and so I adapt.[/size] ************************************************ Okay, as promised - (in a repy to a thread in "Technique", I said I would post some exercises... here they are). Many of you are probably much more advanced than this, if so, this is not for you. -- Use the lessons if you think they'll help you. (I used a 4-string bass for these excercises) Lesson - 1 Thumb + 2 Fingers (T+2 = Thumb/Index/Middle) This is a simplified version of a well known Jaco riff. I modified it in order to make it easier for my young students to learn. This is not the way it was originally played. However, for you young guns out there that like to hang out at music stores, this is more than sufficient for the purpose of turning a few heads your way . We'll cover the original version in a future lesson. The entire lesson is comprised of seven mp3 files as follows:. Jaco T+2.mp3 (The main file) Jaco T+2 slow.mp3 (A slowed-down version of the main file) Jaco T+2 _1-6.mp3 (1st 6 notes) Included Jaco T+2 _2-7.mp3 (next 7 notes) Included Jaco T+2 _3-10.mp3 (next 10 notes) Included Jaco T+2 _4-7.mp3 (next 7 notes) To follow Jaco T+2 _5-15.mp3 (next 15 notes) To follow Let's hop to it - PART I - The first 6 notes 1st, listen to the main file, it's good to know what you're supposed to be playing. 2nd, listen to the slowed down version and see if you can figure it out. You might want to practice your transcription skills by trying to pick out, and drop the notes on the staff 3rd, let's do the first 6 notes. Download & listen to Jaco T+2 _1-6.mp3 - There are 6 notes - Note 1 & 2 are C-4-8-FI-PT "WHAT DOES IT MEAN"? you ask -- repeat after me... "C-4-8-FI-PT" means your playing a C- on string 4- fret 8- Fret with your (I=Index, M=Middle, R=Ring, P=Pinky) - Pluck with your (T=Thumb, I=Index, M=Middle) Note 3 is C-2-10-FP-PM [size=-2](typo corrected after original post)[/size] Note 4 is A#-2-8-FI-PM Note 5 is G-3-10-FP-PI Note 6 is A-2-7-FI-PM (typo corrected after original post ) THAT'S IT! Now, practice the fingering, and play along to the slowed down version until you're comfortable with it. Part 2 (The next 7 notes) to follow shortly. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THIS WAS USEFUL TO YOU.