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How would you play this arpeggio?

Discussion in 'Jazz Technique [DB]' started by MtnGoat, Apr 24, 2006.

  1. MtnGoat


    May 7, 2000
    On a recent gig I had for a musical, I was pondering the best way to play an ascending F arpeggio from low F on the E string to the F on the G string. The line is F A C F A C F and is played as 8th notes at about 180 bpm. How would you finger this line for the best sound and ease of movement? I think it was marked for arco, but I played it pizz.
  2. EFischer1

    EFischer1 Guest

    Mar 17, 2002
    New York, New York
    F A C F A C F
    1 0 2 2 1 4 4
    E A E A D D G

  3. If it were detache'


  4. msw


    Aug 21, 2003
    F A C F A C F

    1 o 2 2 1 4 4
    E A E A D D G

    assuming this is being played pizz.
  5. sibass89


    Jan 29, 2006
    Cincinnati, OH
    F A C F A C F
    1 0 4 2 1 4 4
    E A A A D D G
  6. spdrswb


    May 26, 2005
    F A C F A C F
    1 4 1 4 2 4 4
    E E A A D D G


    F A C F A C F
    1 4 1 2 1 4 4
    E E A A D D G
  7. BGreaney

    BGreaney Guest

    Mar 7, 2005
    I would definitely use the open string to facilitate a cleaner shift.
  8. DickMcgilicutty


    Mar 9, 2006

    I would use this over the fingering with the C on the E string because to get from that C to the next F (interval of a fourth between the E and A string) requires either a string jump with the 2nd finger, a bowed knuckle with the 2nd finger which would be bad, or a somewhat awkward hand tilt with the first finger fingering the C and the 2nd finger fingering the F. Fingering 4ths on the bass can be a difficult thing and the shift required with the fingering I am suggesting should be easy for anyone who is steeped in the closed hand technique championed by Simandl.
  9. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    Man, I can't see how you can play without barring perfect fourths in neck position. All you have to do is transfer the weight on your finger from one string to the other; there is hardly any motion at all. Keeping your fingers upright and curved is great and all, but I think sacrificing an easier fingering to maintain them is silly. Then again, I've been taught using George Vance and Rabbath. The first suggestion is how I typically play the F arpeggio.
  10. MtnGoat


    May 7, 2000
    Hey everybody,
    Thanks for all the input. I looked at the music again and it is all marked staccato. I'm glad I asked the question because I was playing it all at half position until I hit the G string and then played the C and last F as shifts up the G, which probably is not very efficient. Needless to say, I had mixed success hitting that last F.
  11. Snakewood

    Snakewood Guest

    Dec 19, 2005
    lol how fancy :smug: I like it :)
  12. droo


    Nov 1, 2004
    Oxfordshire, UK
    Looks a bit weird but I can see the logic - do the biggest shift while you're playing an open string...
  13. spdrswb


    May 26, 2005
    "Looks a bit weird but I can see the logic - do the biggest shift while you're playing an open string..."

    It's OK now since we're talking about F major.
    Now what in F# major? I try to find fingerings which are applicable generally.

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