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Posted by Carol Kaye on March 20, 2000 at 16:35:33:

In Reply to: Re: I need speed! posted by Frederick on March 19, 2000 at 19:51:39:

: : : : 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.

: Is it possble to order that issue of Bassics magazine through you(Carol Kaye)?
No, it's a private subscription but is usually at all the main music stores that cater to bass player also: phone is (310) 370-1695, fax is (310) 370-3828, based in LA area Calif. email is: Bassics

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