Talking Technique: Harmonic Minor Speed Shedding

As with many scales, the harmonic minor scale gives us a great tonal playground to work with, but it also gives us a great platform to work on our technical playing. This lesson will work on some J.S. Bach-inspired harmonic minor bass lines to focus on our coordination and speed training.

There’s nothing like a fun technical exercise! If you find yourself tensing up, back it off the attack and focus on keeping it clean.

This week’s tip: are your shoulders relaxed?

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. She just released a brand new course on ear training for the bass player: Ear Confidence - 6 Paths to Fearless Ears. Contact her via her blog or website.

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  1. david_aa

    Is my ear or the bass is sligthly out of sync with the metronome (3:35 and forward)?

  2. david_aa

    Great advices regarding the relaxation in both hands :)

  3. Terry

    Ariane thank you for time , this was helpful.