Help me get tight

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by sir juice, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. sir juice

    sir juice

    Sep 11, 2006
    London, England
    I took a long break from bass for about half a year so I could focus on my trumpet playing and I need to get my chops back up to scratch.

    The majority of exercises I've seen are geared to developing speed. I don't care about speed, I'm no Sheehan - I wanna get rhythmically tight.

    Know any nice exercises?
  2. lowerthanlow

    lowerthanlow Guest

    Jan 13, 2009
    Using garage band or similar software, record yourself playing to a metronome. Attempt to play consistently ahead, behind and on the beat and use the editor to see how you did. Use the midi editor or the waveform editor to see how playing in those temporal locations should sound. Compare it to your playing. Then, see if you define "tight" in one of those terms: playing ahead, behind or on the beat.

    Play complex rhythms, or irregular meters, testing yourself, by, e.g., playing the Rite of Spring at tempo.
  3. Two words - metronome, practice.
  4. dreadheadbass

    dreadheadbass Guest

    Dec 17, 2007
  5. Jason Hollar

    Jason Hollar Jazz & Cocktails

    Apr 17, 2005
    Central Pa
    Depending on the type of music you like -- play along with your favorite recordings.

    Play along to Tower Of Power if you want to get super tight -- or try almost Motown recording for that soulful tight pocket.

    When first working out pop & rock grooves I played along with Police & Sade records.

    I really like Rage Against The Machine for doing the funky rock slap bass thing...

    Now I play along with Miles, Trane, Bird, Cannonball... : )
  6. Sarbecue Boss

    Sarbecue Boss Guest

    Jul 9, 2006
    If you want to get to play real tight grooves then here's what I would reccomend

    get your metronome, set it at reasonble tempo, play 16th or whatever, and accent then 1, then accent the 2, then the 1-and, ect
    I reccommend taking this as far as you can as slow and fast as you can with the greatest and least dynamic difference as you can
  7. vlxyooper

    vlxyooper Guest

    Oct 4, 2008
    North Central Indiana
    Along with the other metronome posts....

    This may sound a bit strange, but put your bass down, sit with a metronome set at a reasonable tempo (60 bpm is fine) and clap your hands with the click. You know you're getting where you need to be when you can't hear the click ....consistently, over several measures. FWIW, metronomes with an actual click sound (as opposed to a "beep") work well for this.

    When you've mastered that, at various tempos, set the click to play on the 1 and the 3 and clap out every beat. Then set the tempo to only click on the 1 ....and clap out every beat. You still need to be hitting the 1 with the metronome.

    With your bass, set the metronome on the 1 and 3 again, play your favorite shuffle or blues scale, and make your metronome swing. It may sound static or artificial at first, but work on feeling the space between the click and what you're playing. It's very cool when the metronome doesn't seem like a metronome anymore. :bassist::hyper:
  8. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio

    That's pretty diverse!! :)