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Talking Technique: Permutation Variation

In the last lesson, we introduced the Permutation Exercise. This time we’ll talk about some more pattern variations to increase your dexterity.

The permutation exercise can be played to drill down on lots of different fingerings that come in handy. We’ll be practicing the concept across strings and by implementing it with the whole tone and half-whole diminished scales.

Be ready to get those fingers working, and don’t miss out on today’s tip!

Austrian-gone-Californian Ariane Cap is a bassist, educator, blogger and author. In her book "Music Theory for the Bass Player” and corresponding 20-week online course, she teaches music theory, bass technique, bass line creation and fretboard fitness in a systematic, practical and experiential way. Contact her via her blog or website.

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Mark S B.

Mark S B.

Ariane thanks for your help , any bass lessons is much appreciated , good stuff .
I sure wish we had this and u-tube when I was younger , I’d be another Billy Sheehan by now.

    Ariane Cap (Author)

    Thank you, Mark. You just keep giving Billy a run for his money by being you! ;)
    Met the man recently, got some insight into his practicing routine and shed sched. Hours locked up in the shed, to this day. There are no shortcuts. Blew me away!!

mojobass

mojobass

Hey Ariane… Apple for the teacher🍎
I have said it before, love your teaching style & technique 🌹

Mark S B.

Mark S B.

Ariane this is pain on the hand & brain to the shed hours on end less pain much gain less vain.

Ariane Cap (Author)

Thank you mojo bass!
And Mark, with all that brain gain it’s not in vain, but never play through any pain. Many exercises you can do in just your brain and thus stay sane (and no pain!) ;)

Chip

Chip

Ariane – I really dig your teaching style and approach – welcome to no treble. I believe someone asked as it related to the Permutation Exercise video if there is any way we could see your right hand in the shot. I know you run a strict 1-2-1-2 but to see it would help I think. Also, do you have any recommendation for a metronome specific to help bass players practice?
Peace
Chip

Ariane Cap (Author)

Hi Chip,
Thanks for your note. I will make sure to position the camera better so both hands are in the shot. Next one is already in the can, but totally noted. Metronome: I like time guru, it has some fun options for muting beats at random. And I like the delay pedal, which serves a different function as the metronome but can be a nice additional way of shedding.

Marta Rho

Recently discovered your technique lessons here and I repeat what others have already said: these videos are awesome! They have become a new motivation for me to practice more.

I will buy soon your music theory book, just as a little ‘Danke schoen’ for your work :) Cheers!

    Ariane

    Hi Marta, just saw your comment. Thank you and “sehr gerne”. It is most rewarding when the exercises are motivating and helpful!
    All the best,
    Ari

Noam

Noam

Hey :)
Really good exercises, It helps me alot !!
With what program are you playing playback?

    Ariane Cap (Author)

    Noam, I had a second computer running it through the speakers in the room and then mixed it into the final recording to make it louder. Thanks for your comment