Right Hand Rhythm Exercise for Double Bass

Right Hand Rhythm Exercise for Double Bass


hi my name is Danny Ziemann and you’re
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it continuing from the air bass the next
step for me is to practice playing open strings and frequently when I have new
students the first thing we’ll do is just practice open strings and the
practicing of open strings allows us to think about the way our arm moves just
playing quarter notes it gets us to focus on reacting to different tension
within the string so trying to keep a consistent sound while dealing with
different physical elements and lastly it gets me focused on sound so for me
sound is the most important defining characteristic of my musicianship and
the most supportive thing that I can supply my band mates and for me I always
think about my sound and my time feel is being synonymous if I have a consistent
sound where the length of note is really well articulated and thoughtful then
that’s going to make the time feel even more comfortable for other people
however if it’s kind of haphazard and the accents are different and I’m not
really concerned with how my sound is being communicated then that’s
going to make my time feel less comfortable so I would encourage you to
think about the importance of sound as the core part of your time feel so as
we’re practicing the open strings I like to practice with the metronome and I set
it to 80 bpm now I have an iPhone I’m an iPhone user
and I have an app called Tempo and Tempo is just a simple metronome and the
reason I like this I believe it’s it’s a dollar I like to set the metronome sound
so there’s no down beat and so there’s no pitch because it messes with my my
focus when I’m practicing so I typically set it to 1/4 instead of 4/4 so there’s
no downbeat and then sound wise I set it to some type of wooden block or a blip
that has no defining pitch for this exercise we’re going to set it to 80 bpm and all I’m gonna do is just start from
G and go down through G, D, A and E and then repeat G, D, A and E when I’m doing
this I try to find an articulation that’s comfortable for me a spot to
place my hand usually I go towards the end of the fingerboard I’m not going to
tell you how to define your sound that’s up to you there’s all this range
that you can practice with so there’s more just about the consistency in sound
so I do this every time I pick up the bass for at least five minutes with the
metronome and I think about consistency in articulation I think about how I’m
actually using my arm weight to pull through the string you’ll see some
people who will pluck mostly from their finger or you’ll get some of this kind
of movement it’s really up to you how you choose to articulate this my
personal preference is to think more about dropping my arm way into the
string because the larger muscle groups I use the easier it is for me to keep it
in time and then again I’m not thinking about time is coming from a finger but
time is coming from a more core central part of my body so as I’m doing this I’m
also thinking about the articulation that I’m producing
I’m trying to get more of a percussive sound so that would sound like that’s a
huge part of my sound is just that articulation and the stronger and more
focused your articulation is the easier it’s going to be for everybody else to
be able to understand and relate to your pulse the sensation that I feel it gets
my finger is almost like when you snap your fingers where you put a lot of
pressure on your finger and then pull it quickly so it’s the same thing just with
the first finger if you can’t snap it’s okay I’ve had some students tell me they
have problems snapping so don’t worry about it just try to understand the
concept when you’re when you’re playing it down here and again you’re just
trying to match up with the metronome and get used to all the movements in
between the actual articulation of the note so where the arm weight falls how
much you’re prepping it how consistently loud you are if you can get the same
articulation at a quiet volume if you can do it higher maybe below the end of
the fingerboard and all those choices are up to you I would encourage you to
explore all of these things as you’re going through this exercise now the last thing I do with this is try
to play the quarter note triplets while maintaining the same pulse and that’s
going to be another common theme through these videos is that we are responsible
for manipulating the pulse and the metronome only helps us keep our time
straight but it’s up to us to make everything comfortable within that so
playing quarter note triplets over this pulse is going to help us dip our toe
into the pool of working with subdivisions so as I’m doing this I’m
going to thank 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 so you can keep the pulse going while
you’re actually thinking about that you can stop and get yourself focused and
think 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 and that I might go back to open strings again so again that forms the beginning of my
workout my warmup and I want that to be a nice meditative
way to get into playing the bass so five minutes of that again 80 BPM I found as
a tempo that’s not too fast where you can really get the instrument moving but
it’s also not so slow or it feels like you’re just dredging through the the
five minutes so practice this in the next video we’re gonna do a few more
subdivisions in different ways you can incorporate different fingerings in the
right hand thank you for watching the video I really hope you enjoyed the
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