One simple exercise to drastically improve your fluidity on the bass

Published September 28, 2018 in Bass Tips

A few years ago (thinking about it, it's actually way more than a few years ago... I keep forgetting that I'm 40!) I was lucky enough to study improvisation with the amazing musician, Mike Walker... a legendary guitar player from the UK.

Whilst studying with Mike, he taught me a fantastic way to improve my fluidity when moving up and down the fingerboard, and the best thing about it is that the whole concept is centered around using LESS fingers when shifting…

I know that sounds weird…

How can using LESS fingers when shifting make you sound (and feel) more fluid?

But trust me - it does. Big time!

All you need to know is the 2 rules you must apply, and then you’ll be off to the races.

In this lesson you're going to learn the concept, and I'm going to give you 3 specific exercises that you can immediately start applying to help you get this fantastic technique into your technique toolkit.


Lesson Summary:

  • Today we’re going to be talking about something I call ‘Primary Shifting Fingers.’
  • You’ll be able to see the concept in action.
  • Find out how I discovered it.
  • And I’m going to give you two exercises to work on so you can get it into your own playing.
  • I’m also going to tell you about my 26-week accelerator program.
  • And much, much more.


Key Quotes:

“Getting this concept into the way you play bass is going to give you way more fluidity around the instrument when moving up or down the neck.”

“Make sure you’re not contorting yourself into weird positions to get this down.”

“It’s all about getting good technique and smooth systems when it comes to shifting around the bass.”


If you enjoy this lesson, you'll really dig these courses:

1. Bass Guitar Foundations - The Definitive Guide
2. Technique Deep Dive for Bass
3. Advanced Palm Muting Techniques
4. Progressive Groove Techniques for the Modern Bass Player with Steve Jenkins


As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

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