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Posted by Carol on March 19, 2000 at 10:58:23:

In Reply to: Re: I need speed! posted by BEADG on March 17, 2000 at 11:16:09:

: : I'm doing some stage band music that really sizzles but I'm getting old & slow. Any ideas on how to pick up speed a notch? I'm picking on a Fender fretless with flatwound strings, but it's my left hand that can't keep up. Thanks.

: "Speed follows accuracy" has been burned into me time and time again. Get back with a metronome again and start annoyingly slow, and gradually work your way to a faster, then faster, then faster tempo. This is the only way I know how to increase speed.
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From Carol Kaye: That's a good plan to start extremely slow with the metronome, preferably beating on the 2nd and 4th beats (like a drummer's backbeat). I'd also make sure that your fingering habits are good ones, and that you're using your left thumb as a pivot (it moves up about 1/2 of what your hand does as you shift up). There's a triplet exercise that's in the Nov.-Dec. issue of Bassics Magazine, in my column that will quicly build up your speed: Key of C, all triplets going up C G Bb C Bb C C Bb down G F F# G, then going from low C up (and down): C E C F C F# C G C (up) Bb B C and and practicing good lines out of my Jazz Improv For Bass book will surely get your speed extremely fast. Typing is another way for speed in your left fingers surprisingly.



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