Talking Technique: Switching Drills for 4, 5, and 6 String Basses

Switch much? If you find yourself switching between four-, five- and six-string basses a lot, or even just between different bass models, here’s a lesson for getting comfortable with whatever bass, fast.

Playing different instruments is like driving a different brand new car. It takes time to get comfortable and settle in.

If you find yourself switching around, try these arpeggio exercises to speed up the process. Follow along with the PDF and the video for the exercises, which demonstrates four-, five-, and six-string versions of various string crossing arpeggios.

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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