Bass Guitar Warm-Ups 102

Posted on September 12, 2010

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Hello Everyone! I have a few articles I will be posting this week, warm-ups 102 and a continuation of major scales. I may throw up another one on triads if time permits. I just want to reiterate that a lot of what I am teaching now and will be throwing at you in the future may be building upon something I have already discussed in a previous article. All of which are still available in The Bass Corner.

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Let us now start level 2 of the warm up series. In this exercise you will be isolating 2 fingers at a time and playing across and up the fretboard and then back again as well. I will be writing out a detailed explanation as well as a tablature.
The most beneficial aspect of this warm-up is in strengthening and building dexterity in all four fingers. We want to get that pinky to be as strong as the 1st finger. Are you ready?
Step 1:
Using only your 1st and 2nd fingers, start on the 1st fret of the E string. Put your 1st finger on the 1st fret and your 2nd finger on the 2nd. Repeat this same thing for string A then string D and finally string G.

Step 2:

Your 2nd finger should still be on fret 2 of the G string. Move this finger up to fret 3, play fret 3 and then play fret 2 with your 1st finger. So, basically we are going to play backwards now. Repeat this for string D then string A and finally string E

Step 3:

You should have run out of neck on the E string and should now be on fret 3 with your 1st finger. We are now going to move up again. Play fret 3 with your 1st finger and play fret 4 with your 2nd finger. Repeat this for stings A, D and G. Once you get to fret 4 on the G string you will again slide up a fret and come back.

Repeat this entire pattern, working your way up to the 12th fret.

Now you are at the 12th fret, you should have your 2nd finger on the 12th fret of G. This brings us to the second part of this warm-up. We are done with fingers 1 and 2, now it is time to isolate fingers 2 and 3.

Step 4:

Play fret 12 on the G string with your 3rd finger and then fret 11 with your 2nd finger. Repeat this for strings D, A and E.

Step 5:

Once you land on fret 11 of the E string, slide back to fret 10 on E. Play 10 with your 2nd finger and fret 11 with your 3rd finger. Repeat this going across all strings.

Step 6:

You should be on fret 11 with your 3rd finger, bring your 3rd finger back to fret 10, play the fret. Next play fret 9 with your 2nd finger. Repeat this pattern working your way back to the E string.

You have probably seen the pattern by now, if not then just jump to the tablature. Repeat this pattern working your way back down the neck until you reach the 1st fret on the E string.

 

You are now at fret 1 on the E string and are ready to start the final steps. This is the one everyone hates 🙂

We are putting the pinky to work! My pinky used to be quite the lazy little bugger but I refused to let him slide.

Step 7:

Play the 1st fret of the E string with your 3rd finger. Next, play fret 4 with your 4th finger. Repeat this on every string across the neck.

Step 8:

Starting on fret 3 of the G string with your 4th finger, play that fret and then fret 2 with your 3rd. Repeat this on every string working your way back across the neck.

Step 9:

Landing on fret 2 of the E string with your 2nd finger you can now bring it up to fret 3 and begin the final steps. Play fret 3 with your 3rd finger and fret 4 with your 4th.

Repeat this pattern now until your pinky hit’s the 12th fret on the G string.

 

Warm-ups 102

*The left hand fingering is underneath each example

Step 1

G————————–1–2–

D——————-1–2———

A————1–2—————-

E—-1–2———————–

  1  2  1  2 1  2  1  2

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Step 2

G–3–2——————————-

D———-3–2————————

A—————–3–2—————–

E————————-3–2———

  2  1  2  1 2  1  2  1

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Step 3

G————————-3–4————-

D—————–3–4——————–

A———-3–4—————————

E–3–4———————————–

  1  2  1  2 1  2  1  2

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Repeat this pattern until you reach the 12th fret of the G string.

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Step 4

The fingers switch now to 2 and 3.

G—12–11——————————-

D————–12–11———————-

A————————-12–11———–

E————————————12–11-

    3     2     3  2  3   2  3   2

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Step 5

G———————————-10–11——

D————————10–11—————–

A————–10–11—————————–

E—10–11——————————————

    2     3     2   3  2  3  2   3

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Step 6

G–10–9————————————–

D————10–9—————————–

A———————10–9——————–

E——————————10–9————

    3    2    3  2 3 2  3  2

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Repeat this pattern until you reach the first fret.

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Step 7

The left hand fingering now changes to fingers 3 and 4. Almost done!

G————————1–2—————

D—————–1–2———————-

A———-1–2—————————–

E–1–2————————————–

  1  2  1  2 1  2  1  2

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Step 8

G–3–2——————————————-

D———-3–2————————————-

A—————–3–2—————————–

E————————-3–2———————-

  4  3  4  3 4  3  4  3

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Step 9

G————————3–4————————

D—————–3–4——————————-

A———-3–4—————————————

E–3–4———————————————-

   3  4  3  4 3  4  3  4

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Repeat this pattern until your pinky reaches the 12th fret on the G string. That is it! You are now finished.

What I love about doing these sort of exercises is that they allow me to isolate the different fingers and more accurately feel where my weaker tendencies are. This helps me know what I need to work on. The progress comes quickly I have found. Where I am at today is not where I will be next week.

Always start your warm-ups slowly at first. We all have a tendency to love speed, myself included. However our muscles need time to stretch and wake-up and get comfy with the neck again.

Don’t worry, though, speed always happens!

Enjoy your BASS!

 

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