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Arpeggio Work for Bass Players: A Daily Practice Routine

I have mentioned previously that our daily scale practice should include arpeggio work. There are numerous ways to approach this, and most scale books devote some time to various approaches to arpeggios. I find the patterns below to be good solid foundational patterns for any bassist’s daily routine.

  1. The patterns below are presented in C major, but should be applied to each major and minor scale/arpeggio
  2. They are given in three octaves, but should be adjusted to your current technical level (e.g. played in 1 or 2 octaves only)
  3. There are any variety of fingerings that can be applied to these patterns. However, I suggest that you play, at a minimum, two notes in a position before shifting.
  4. Whatever fingering you decide upon, keep it consistent so that you obtain maximum benefit from your practice.
  5. Keep it slow. Only work the tempo up, (slowly!) after you are comfortable with the patterns.
  6. Repetition is key.

Arpeggio Work for Bass – Exercise #1:

Arpeggio Work for Bass - Exercise #1

Arpeggio Work for Bass – Exercise #2:

Arpeggio Work for Bass - Exercise #2

Arpeggio Work for Bass – Exercise #3:

Arpeggio Work for Bass - Exercise #3

Dr. Donovan Stokes is on the faculty of Shenandoah University-Conservatory. Visit him online at www.donovanstokes.com and check out the Bass Coalition at www.basscoalition.com.

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