Talking Technique: Drills for Fills
Everyone loves a perfectly placed fill. That’s why today we’ll be going over scalar exercises that will help us create those tasty licks while beefing up our technique.
In essence, we’re practicing a scale. Typically when you play a scale, you go from root to root in order. But we’re going to break it down and move in thirds instead! I will show you four variations on how you can do that, all making great material for runs and fills.
You can make practicing any scale more effective that way. For example, I’ll show you how to do this with the altered scale as well. Follow along with our handy PDF, and be sure to turn on that metronome!
Today’s tip: try this idea on anything you practice to help you move over the entire fretboard.
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.