Talking Technique: Sweet Emotion

There’s nothing like starting a song with a cool bass riff. “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith shines a light on the bass for sure! At the very top, we set the tone. To play this riff correctly and in time right out of the box is what it’s all about.

How to approach learning something like this? Only playing the riff over and over again will typically not yield a lot of improvement at best and make bad habits worse at worst.

Check out my tips on how to approach a tricky riff like that and how a few minutes of practicing like this can yield great results.

Download the transcription and follow along with the video.

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. Emil

    Thank you for all the tricks of approaching this (and other) riffs. Danke, Ariane!