What Fingerings Should I Use for the Modes?

Q: I’m beginning to learn the modes on bass, but I don’t know where to put my fingers. I can’t seem to find anything online that explains which fingers you start with when playing the second through seventh modes. Can you help?

A: This week I decided to answer with a video to play through some examples. We’ll go over fingerings, but more importantly, we’ll process the relationships of the modes on our bass.

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