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4 Exercises for 5 String Bass
#BASSNATION In this week’s lesson we’ll be going over a few exercises to get you in tune with your 5 string bass! Fortunately for us bass players, bass is geometrically consistent, meaning we can always use the same patterns all around the fretboard no matter how many strings we have! This is a huge advantage for us as we add strings beyond 4. If you’re a 5 string player, grab your bass and dive into this one with me. Let’s get LOW!
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23 thoughts on “4 Exercises for 5 String Bass”
Hey Daric, this video is very helpful! Is there any way you can break down that groove you were playing in the last exercise. Sorry if you broke it down in a different video – I’m new to your site.
Hey! Welcome to the academy! I have actually broken this down but no problem at all to go through it again 👌🏾 how long have you been playing?
Thanks man! And I’ve been playing for many years but never took the time to learn theory or learn the notes. So I’m kind of going in reverse and trying to learn that stuff. I recently got a 5 string and I’m in love.
That’s awesome! Never too late! Nothing like having that connection of the technical side to help it all gel together.
No doubt! I def think it will be a beneficial tool set to add. I appreciate you content by the way. All great stuff!
Thanks so much! Be on the look out for that breakdown video soon ✌🏾
I appreciate it man! And sorry to make you do it again.
Daric!! Thank you so much for breaking this down! It’s perfect. That’s definitely the riff I was referring to.
In the orginal video I think I had trouble picking out what notes specifically you were using so I appreciate you breaking it down. I’m excited to jam this out and I’ll send you a video in the next few days.
Thanks again for real! Much appreciated.
That’s so dope, cant wait! Glad I could clear that up for you! Don’t hesitate to ask if you have anymore questions 🤟🏾
Will do man. Thanks again!
Hi Daric ,long time no see….sorry I have been working hard and be practicing a lot…..now I bought my first 5 string because of the pressure of friends and I just have it for a few days and figure something out for myself…..but thanks to you and the academy there is help!This lesson is a real eyeopener. maybe you consider to do more lesson on this subject .I will practice my modes in the lower register as well.Thank you for your help!Cheers Nikolas
Congrats on the 5 string man! I’ll also add some more 5 string lessons to this category as well! thanks so much for letting me know what will help that you need to work on, helps me out alot
also muting is a big issue….Cheers Nikolas
hey Nikolas! thank you, I”ll add some more muting bias lessons to the collection. very important to have that skill and can be annoying at times, even to me lol! talk soon
Hey Daric! Sorry it took a bit but I was finally able to record myself on video. It’s a little sloppy so sorry! I kind of changed the riff a tad every other time (you’ll see what I mean) but I def still play the main riff. I appreciate you breaking it down again. During the original video I just couldn’t figure out what notes you were playing so I appreciate the extra breakdown video. Thanks again!
Got IT!!! Sounds Great Man! Next time you go to play it try making sure you pluck each note on the ‘A’ string when playing that chromatic movement. Also try shifting your thumb on your right picking hand down a little towards the strings, that will help with your speed! Keep it up!!!! Love seeing you guys play
Sorry Daric! Didn’t realize my video was private. You should be able to view it now.
Awesome ! I’ll check it out in a few! Thanks
Hey Daric! Sorry it took awhile to make a follow-up video but I’ve been practicing that riff using your advice. I moved my right hand down more and I picked each note on the A string. I appreciate your insight and tips. I also added a little groove at the end of the video of that arpeggio you showed us in the video.
I played the riff a little to quick perhaps but here it is:
Also! I did not realize you were playing bass on Mark Lettieri’s Red Dwarf! That song is so tight and the baseline is sick!!!!
You! Playing on thata album was super fun! Mark is an absolute monster. Taking a look at this video now. Really looking forward to it thanks for your reply!
You’re the best man! For real. I really appreciate the feedback video! You gave me some valuable things to focus on as I practice from now on. And I appreciate the kind words as well.
My left thumb does ride high on the fret board and that’s honestly just a bad habit I have been doing ever since I started playing guitar when I was ten. So I’ve been doing it for so long it will take a bit of time to correct. But you are so right though, I can be so much better/faster if I can bring that thumb down more behind the fretboard. It’s just going to take a minute but I’ll start implementing that from now on.
I’ll also have a click track going as well from now on. I have this keyboard that plays drum beats and I try to jam to that sometimes. But I’ll make sure I’m always playing to a click.
And great advice about my right hand on the strings and not stretching. To be honest I’ve always played bass and guitar with a pick. And only recently in the past couple years have I played bass with just my fingers. So I def developed some not so great habits.
So thank you for calling them out and I will def correct them and post a follow up video in the next week or so!
Ps-that baritone sessions album is def dope! And I checked out the Gospelchops album you’re on. You’re so talented man for real!