Bass day (1h 40m)

  • Technical
    • Hanon #6 in C & G major
  • Extensions
    • 6ths, 9ths and 11ths in all keys in 2-octave figure over cycle of 4ths
  • Chord tones / walking bass
    • All Of Me using root, 1st & 2nd inversions (no permutations this time)
    • Focus on chromatic passing tones
    • Applying extensions in 2-octave patterns

Bass day (1h 40m)

  • Technical / Experimental
    • Playing Hanon piano exercises on bass! This is awesome!!! (Just #6 from the 1st book)
  • Walking bass
    • Worth the Wait in C, Eb and F (all inversions, 7-1-3-5 permutation)
  • Pick / Rhythm
    • Famous Bass Lines, Line #8: 70 to 90bpm


WOW!!! I just tried it out of pure curiosity and it turned out to be a completely mind-blowing exercises. The cool things about Hanon exercises are that they all start deep in bass clef (which means you won’t need to bother adapting them for your instrument) and they’re pretty much all in C — which means you can TRANSPOSE THE SH*T OUT OF THEM. And yes, they are absolutely mathematical, and you don’t have to read through the whole sheet once you’ve got the logic. Of course, the coolest thing is that they feel very uncommon (because they’re meant to be played on piano!), and even the simplest could be pretty tricky on bass — both in terms of fingering and harmonically. On the other hand, transposing them on piano is a huge P. I. T. A., whereas on the bass you can do it pretty much on the fly once the pattern is clear! Yuppie! Okay, so I’m going to do it every time now, just like I do on piano — and we’ll see how it goes!

Bass day (1h 30m)

  • Chord tones / Walking bass
    • Major & minor 7th chords around the cycle of 4ths in all inversions, permutations used: 1-3-7-5, 3-1-7-5
    • Inverted arpeggios in permutations + “splits”: play first three tones in higher register, slide down to play the last one, start second arpeggio in lower register and slide back on the last tone, e. g.:
      • 1-3-7-5 permutation, 2nd inversion: C2 — E2 — B1 — G1 (D string) → F1 (D string) — A1 — E1 — C0 (E string) → Bb1 (D string) — D1… and so on around the  cycle of 4ths
    • Walking with inversions & permutations
      • A Beautiful Friendship in Eb (trying to stick to this standard for a while)

Bass day (1h)

  • Chord tones / Walking bass
    • Minor 7th chords around the cycle of 4ths in all inversions, permutation used: 1-3-7-5
    • Dominant 7th chords, same thing
    • Walking with inversions & permutations
      • A Beautiful Friendship in C

This week’s packed in terms of studio time, so keeping the practice sessions kinda short.