Talking Technique: Modes on a String
Typically when we play scales, we play across the strings, but there’s a lot of value in playing all the way up a single string. It helps us to think in positions and to mentally know how many steps you are skipping as you walk up the string. Today we’ll be working on our theory as well as our technique as we go through the modes.
If that sounds scary, don’t worry! There are only three “building blocks” that you’ll encounter when going up the string. We’ll work through each mode with fingerings all starting on the same root note to reinforce the differences in how to build them.
Today’s tip: When you’re making shifts, be sure to make them smooth! We’ve got an easy yet powerful exercise to focus on smooth jumps.
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.