Talking Technique: Black Velvet – Nail That Fill
“Black Velvet,” if you please! Alannah Myles’ iconic tune features a fill that is pretty challenging. Originally played with synth bass, we might be tasked to play that line.
What flows nicely on the keys makes for a lot of string crossing. Inspired by this fill, I created a few exercises that are great finger strengtheners as well as target practice for the left and right.
Can you keep a calm hand while playing this fill and its variations? We are in the world of Dorian and a lot of fourths are involved!
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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.