Upright Bass Scales & Patterns : Upright Bass Thumb Pivot

Upright Bass Scales & Patterns : Upright Bass Thumb Pivot


Okay, we discussed bass guitar style fingering
briefly. Now, we’re going to talk about another way to extend the reach of your left hand
and that’s called the thumb pivot. And if your thumb is on the back of the neck, but
it can pivot one direction or the other, so without moving your hand, you can really cover
quite a range. Let’s take an example, find the note C on your G string and just play
it with your first finger. You find the D and then find the E, well that would be a
lot of move motion to get from one to the other. If we just want to jump from C to E,
what we can do is move our hand with that pivot of the thumb. So you notice, I’m not
keeping my first finger down. We’ll want to go up to the higher note, the rest of my fingers
are going to be there to reinforce it. You notice now my hand is here. If I want to get
back to that C note without moving my hand, I just pivot back on the thumb there. And,
as you see, you could really extrapolate that out and get quite a range. But, for now, take
small steps, for example, take your E to G, always listening for that intonation. Remember
check it against your tuner or check it against an electronic keyboard as often as you can
to make sure that you’re on.

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