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The exercises presented here are the same that great teachers and world-class music schools give to their advanced students. This is the first book to present them formally, and is a milestone of its kind. This book contains hard-core information and exercises that are plainly difficult; only dedicated musicians need apply. But if you are serious about your instrument, learning how to read on it, and learning where the notes are without looking at it, you've come to the right place. This book works in tandem with MIDI examples, which will greatly aid in the absorption of information and the building of skill. Exercises for each string are presented in all keys. The book culminates in a final section which integrates playing on all five strings. Written in standard notation (no TAB). 110 pages.
Studying the bass by isolating practice to one string is one of the hallmarks of many of the great teachers on the east coast. First, it immediately forces a student to stop playing patterns. Second, playing on a single string forces the tempo down so that different melodic choices must be explored. And third, it makes you really think of what notes you are playing. The single string study series is an excellent way to help a student hone in on the "zen" of their instrument. It should be stressed that these books are not for the light of heart. They are intense exercises that only give results after many months of practice. Therefore if you are serious about exploring the bass and becoming a world-class bassist, these books are for you.
This book is a high-potency method targeted at any bass guitarist who is seeking to become a professional musician and wishes to practice the techniques used by world-class players. The benefits of this method are:
- You will learn the location of every note on every string.
- You will learn to feel where the notes are on the neck without looking.
- You will learn to read music on the bass guitar.
- You will learn to quickly and easily read ledger line notes.
This unique method works on all four of the above disciplines at once. Each exercise concentrates the student's attention on one string at a time. This allows a familiarity to form between the written pitch and where it can be found on the bass guitar, in addition to improving one's "feel" for jumping linearly across the bass guitar neck. Along the way you learn how to read music and acquire a formidable control over the instrument.
Many of my students have asked me how they can improve their comprehension and execution of rhythms. This book is an attempt to fill those needs.
Volume one of the Single String Studies series aims at getting a student proficient at recognizing and playing notes on the bass. By limiting each exercise to one string, it allows a student a chance to gain a familiarity with the notes found on each string. This in turn will also help a student to just "feel" where the notes on each string are rather than looking down at the instrument
This book's purpose is to help a student learn the notes on each string of the 5-string bass guitar. There are some definite right and wrong ways to approach this goal. If you are a beginner at trying to read music on the bass guitar you will find it most challenging. Stringed instruments are unique in that there are so many places to play the same note. For example, the 5-string bass guitar has five places to play a B one octave below middle C. Example One shows the location of middle C on the bass clef and a B one octave below middle C. Example two shows the five places this note can be found.
You can easily see that this can present a problem for a bassist. Just to play one note a decision has to be made on which string to use.
To further complicate things the bass is a transposing instrument sounding one octave below the written note. Therefore if you see the note C one octave below middle C written on the staff you will play the C on the 3rd fret of the A string (see example 3).
Therefore you can see that you are sounding a pitch an octave below any written note when you read bass music. Many composers do not realize this so you will many times encounter a situation where you have to transpose your part up or down an octave. Just to recap a little, you have five actual pitches that correspond to the B one octave below middle C (see example one), but because the bass is transposed down one octave you will be playing a sound that is one octave below the written pitch.
Students find this concept to be quite confusing. Therefore here is one more example. If you are reading a part written for bass it has been transposed. If you see a C one octave below middle C written, the pitch that will sound in reality is the C two ledger lines below the bass clef. (See example 4)
All examples found in this book are written for the bass guitar and therefore have been transposed. If you see a middle C on the staff you will play this note at the fifth fret on the G string (See example 5) or at any of the other places you can find this note as previously discussed.
When you work on the examples found in this book do not look at your bass to find the pitch. One of the main ideas of this book is to get a student proficient at knowing where a note is by feel and not by looking at the fretboard. I recommend playing these exercises with a major chord drone for each key.That is, if you are in C major, record a repeating C chord and use your ear to help you confirm if you are playing the right pitch.
These exercises should be played quite slow to begin with. When you reach Exercise 6 and begin playing notes on any string take advantage of open strings so you can keep your fretting hand above the 12th fret as much as possible. This will prepare you for the high ledger line notes that show up more often than you probably would like.
This book contains ledger lines up 6 lines above the staff. It is uncommon to find the bass notated above the 3rd ledger line. If notes are needed above this range it is common to find them notated in the treble clef. With the advent of 5- and even 6-string basses a bassist must prepare themselves for these higher ledger lines and also learn to read in the treble clef. Therefore it is suggested that you get a copy of the treble clef version of this book so you can get proficient at reading in the treble clef.