Jazz Bass Lesson 1: Bass Basics

This is the 1st assignment for jazz bass taught by music teacher Scott Laird & Phillip Riggs at the NC School of Science & Math. This lesson covers the basics for beginners.

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8 comments

  1. Essentially, what is being taught here is a slightly adapted form of double-bass fingering, which certainly works very well in the lowest positions of the bass guitar (and tends also to be standard for playing octaves and fifths anywhere on the instrument). It is possible to use guitar fingerings (especially higher up the neck), but what is being taught here is a good default technique.

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  3. Is that a fender jazz squire?

  4. Rolling your right hand toward the neck while anchoring your thumb causes a more percussive attack to the string strikes. Mind you I'm more of a hard rock/metal player studying the theory of jazz.

  5. I use four fingers over five frets and I don't buy into that thumb straightening thing. I've been playing 13 years and sure my hands tighten up from time to time, but if I'm really feeling what I'm playing, I don't care.

  6. why don't we use four fingers over four frets instead?

  7. dujkabeerlover

    The whole tutorial is great! Thanks a lot!

  8. Mladja Radovanovic

    wonderful leson 🙂 tnx 🙂

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