Practice Routine

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by BassAche, Nov 13, 2003.

  1. BassAche


    May 1, 2003
    The purpose of this thread is to compile a list of things to pratice. Everyone try and contribute to the list with an excercise, how to perform this excercise and the use of it.
    Here we go.

    Cycle of Fifths Scales Exercise
    For those of you who do not know the cycle of fifths, it's the order of scales with increasing numbers of sharps. Cycle of fourths goes up in flats, but either way, both sharps and flats are covered when you go through the entire cycle.

    Start on the key of C. Go to the lowest note in the scale in first position (Try not to use open strings.) Then go to the highest note in that position, while saying all the note names ascending and descending. This will help you learn the fretboard. Also, try to hum or sing each note name, so you develop the sounds of the fretboard. Eventually you will reckognize what each pitch sounds like. This will develop perfect pitch. After you've done the first position, go up to the next position and to the same thing. When you've reached the double fret marking, go back to first position and start on the second scale in the cycle of fifths. The order in the cycle of fifths goes:
    C G D A E B F# Db Ab Eb Bb F C

    It's up to you want to do this...I would reccomend once a day.

    The Spider

    The purpose of this exercise is to build finger strength and discipline. Here is how the pattern goes:

    Use economy fretting (One finger per fret) keep all your fingers arched. The goal is to produce a clean tone as efficiently as possible. Try to move your fingers as little as possible and keep them arched. Remember how to do ideal technique? Start off at about 7th position then work your way up and down the neck and across strings. Start slow; quarters at 60 BPM and bump the tempo up 5 or 10 BPM each time you are comfortable when your playing. For right hand dexterity exercises, try doing 2 eights per tone.

    Intervals/Ear Training
    This might not be for everyone. It would help if you had a piano, but a bass or guitar would work fine. Have someone play intervals and you try to name them by ear. It may be difficult at first, but don't give up. Try and reckognize certain qualities, such as arpeggios or beginnings to songs. For example "Happy Birthday" begins on a major 2nd interval. Try to reckognize these things. Constant practice of this is crucial. I'm going 10 minutes a day. Once you've got intervals nailed, try reckognizing chord qualities. The cycle of fifths excercise can familiarize you with individual tones.

    Other Stuff
    Don't neglect sight-reading. I highly reccomend The Real Book. If you have that, try learning the head, walking a bassline over the chords, and then soloing over the chords. Again, consistency is key for building proficiency. Try doing atleast one tune a week or a tune every 3 days.

    Also, don't neglect learning songs by ear. It'll help build up playing things you hear. Jimi Hendrix and Charlie Parker played things they heard; it is how they soloed.

    I encourage you to add your own things.
  2. BassAche


    May 1, 2003

    By the way, for that cycle of fifths exercise...It may just be more efficient to do through the keys of C, Gb and F#.
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
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  4. No, thank you Jon. You insights in this forum are always very helpful.