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Talking Technique: Beautiful Practice

This lesson is called “Beautiful Practice” for a reason. Our exercise this week creates a lush harmony and texture all while working out our theory and technique at the same time.

The theory portion of this week’s lesson is that we’ll be playing diatonic triads in open voicings. If that sounds foreign to you, don’t worry. We’ll be breaking down what that means to make it easy to understand. To play the etude, we have to do a lot of string jumping, which will build our technique.

It’s a great bass workout for your fingers, mind, and ears. What’s not to love?

Follow along with this transcription and the video below.