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Talking Technique: Drills for Fills – Applied

In episode 22, we introduced a way of practicing scales that uses intervals rather than going up and down the scales themselves. We went over thirds, which gives you great materials for runs, fills, and solos. Someone asked in the comments if I could give some examples of how to use the material in a chord progression, so that’s what we’ll do today!

I recommend revisiting episode 22 to get the most out of this lesson, but we’ll go over a condensed version of the concept to get you jumpstarted. It’s important to get the patterns under your fingers so you are comfortable using them from a technical standpoint.

Be sure to follow the examples with this handy PDF!

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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