Need some good strength and dex. exercises.

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by riwbaw, Jul 15, 2002.

  1. riwbaw


    Jun 27, 2002
    Im just wondering if anyone has any good exercises for a beginning bass player. It would be much appreciated thanks
  2. CS


    Dec 11, 1999
    Play your bass reguarly. Don't play until your fingers bleed etc. This is personal opinion others may recommend hand exercisers.
  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    Practicing with a metronome strengthens my hands. If you're just starting out you can play quarter notes along with the click and just travel around the neck not missing a beat - bbbb-bbbb, aaaa-aaaa, gggg-gggg etc. Do it at a tempo that you can do flawlessly, then raise the speed slowly as you get better and faster. You can see your progress. Also - don't be afraid to sit and play the same couple of notes for a half an hour or more straight (unless you're hurting yourself). It can become meditative and when you do it for long periods of time your muscles tend to go on automatic pilot. Your body learns what it's supposed to be doing.

    If you don't know what a metronome is - they cost anywhere from $15 to $100+ and they keep a steady click for you to play to.
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Play scales and Arpeggios to a metronome.