Talking Technique: Two-Octave Triads

How about some cool two octave triad fills for your grooves?

Playing triads over two octaves is surprisingly difficult to do on the bass. Today we’ll cover how to not only master playing those triads over two octaves, but also how to build some cool fills from that tonal material. An important tip ensures that delivery is right.

Be sure to follow along with this handy PDF. The first half contains fingerings for two octave triads while the second half has the musical ways to apply two-octave triads in fills.

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. Tzalaran

    Another great harmony training exercise (or five) in this lesson. Will have to watch this again to fully digest it all. Thanks!

  2. Davis Melville

    Will definitely add this to my routine. Thankyou Ariane, all the best

  3. Mike

    A good friend and one of the ballseyest bass players I know turned me on to you…….watching you has helped me cross over from garage band to dive bar level…….cant wait to see where I go by this time next year!!!! thanx….

  4. George

    Hi Ariane,

    Heard your podcast with Scott earlier today and it was great.I live in Miami and happen to know all your former professors at UM.That was very cool to hear you got your education at UM like I did.

    Best regards,

  5. Ernie Castillo

    Awesome class wish I was up to speed much respect

    • Ernie, thanks for watching and commenting. Go slow with good technique, is my advice. Anything is learnable that way, has been my experience.