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Talking Technique: Bach for Two (In Three)

In episode 43, we looked at an easy piano piece that was arranged for two basses. This is a great exercise because it works on your reading and your technique. Bach’s bass lines are typically challenging and push us as bassists to hone our chops.

This time we’re checking out the Minuet in B♭ (though I’ve transposed it to the key of C), which is in 3/4 time. Pick the part you’re comfortable with to start, but then work on playing both parts. The song is broken down in the accompanying transcription with both parts together or separate as well as with or without tablature.

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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