D ow n lo ad the B a s s
app for extra co n te n t
B E G IN NER'S TECHN
This example is based on a third
interval. Take it very slowly
with a starting tempo of 70BPM.
The first interval from F sharp
to A is a minor third. G sharp to
B is a minor third. A to C sharp
is a major third, and so on. In
bar two, watch out for the major
third played from E (second fret
D string) to G sharp (first fret G
string) as this is where you will
need to move your hand for the
stretch across to the G string.
Descend the intervals as written,
making sure you use one finger
Next we move on to the 4ths.
Most of these within this
shape and mode will be perfect
4ths apart from in bars two
and three, where we hit an
augmented (sharpened) 4th.
Remember to use one finger per
fret, rolling off each string as
you play the interval. Take these
slowly, increasing the tempo
when you feel more confident
with the scale.
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This is an intervallic reading
exercise using thirds and
fourths. Other intervals are
contained within it: we will
begin to take a look more closely
at these next month. There is no
tablature, so make sure you keep
your eyes moving across the
page as you read the intervals.
Keep focused and don't stop!
Most importantly do not break
out of the scale shape.
This month we are in the key
of A major, looking at its relative
minor F sharp, in position one
(which is the first five frets of
Next month we will move on to the next set of intervals, taking a different area of the neck and a
different scale. See you next time.
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