Increasing stamina and speed

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by fleabass89, Oct 5, 2001.

  1. My left hand just isn't doing it for me anymore. As my right hand gets faster, my left can't keep up with it! So how can I increase strength/speed/stamina? Any tips or excersises? Thanks in advance.
  2. And i'm aware that sounded a bit weird...:eek: :D
  3. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Practice, practice , practice chromatic exercises and scales. There is no magic pill.
  4. Lovebown

    Lovebown Guest

    Jan 6, 2001
    Sit your ass down with your bass, amp and metronome. Do the major scale, start slowly, at about 60 bpm or something (or slower if you can't keep up). Play one note per beat at this tempo. Then play doubletime (or 8th notes to the beat). Then play triple time (triplets to the beat). And finnish of with 4x the speed (16th notes). Make sure you make each note sound properly and in time.

    Then take away your right hand and do the same practice only using your left hand, at the same tempo and using the same technique. Then, after a while, practice only using your right hand. Play open E, A, D, G strings (and B if you have) alternating your 1st and 2nd fingers (index and middle). Then use only your 1st for a while, and only your 2nd and then go back to alternating.

    After you've done that for a while, go back to doing the major scale, but raise the tempo to about 70-80 bpm (instead of 60). And try to make it sound right....

    That's how I work up speed, and of course with other technique excercices too...but good luck...

  5. Thanks Lovebown, that was really helpful.
  6. Lovebown

    Lovebown Guest

    Jan 6, 2001
    No prob man
  7. onebassplayer

    onebassplayer Guest

    Jun 20, 2000
    Silver Spring, MD
    ... ditto ...