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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / A finger exercise from Anthony Wellington

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Jul 22nd, 2018 10:27 AM   Edit   Profile  

During the class talking about the modes he mentioned this exercise of all the four finger permutations. He’d start the metronome and let a couple bassists give it a try, the idea being keep the beat and run the first pattern up to the 12th fret, then the second and on till all the patters were completed, with no mistakes. I was kind of amazed how many of these my fingers and brain were not wired for. Even some of the simple ones I was tripping over.

I guess I’m whole lot worse that I’d care to admit. I’ve been running through them every day, not proceeding to the next until I run it correctly up to the 12. I am getting much better but it still cracks me up how difficult some of these are for me.

I know it’s just taking my time and burning it in, and I’ve noticed I’m stretched out my bass lines much more. It’s enlarging my comfort zone.

Permutations of all of the 4 finger four fret patterns

1234,1243, 1324, 1342, 1423, 1432

2134, 2143, 2314, 2341, 2413, 2431

3124, 3142, 3214, 3241, 3412, 3421

4123, 4132, 4213, 4231, 4312, 4321

I’ve gotten so much out of that week I spent with Victor Wooten and his crew of professionals. I’m stil working my way through all the stuff I was exposed to. 2 to 3 hours everyday for the last two months. My band mates recognize my improvement, occasionally they just stop playing and stare at me, wondering who I am “o) I really ain’t all the lame to start with but it’s cool to be moving on to the next levels at the age of 65.


LA-la-land, CA

Insert clever comment here
Jul 23rd, 2018 02:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yes, I have a whole series of exercises like that. If you want to get creative and add a level of difficulty, start skipping strings while you're doing those!

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Jul 23rd, 2018 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for posting these Hushnel.

I will be trying them out.

It has been very interesting to follow your story about the bass camp.

Please continue to post these type of things as you get to them.


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U.S. - Virginia

Jul 23rd, 2018 07:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

Good on you! I am so glad you are experiencing vertical growth. Enjoy it and keep up the hard work.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Jul 24th, 2018 10:43 AM   Edit   Profile  


Anthony Wellington explained modes in a unique way. First he put up the patterns, whole step(W/S), (1,2,-,4) and (1,-,3,4) then the entire pattern from the Whole Steps to the last 1,-3,4 showed it on his 7 string bass. Then down the left side of this line of patterns he wrote the name of the mode, on the right side he wrote the interval the pattern begines at. Start at the indicated beginning /pattern and follow the entire pattern back to the start. That starting interval has a name ie mode.

I’m finding that I pretty much know which patterns work best at any given interval of the root, playing all these years has taught me, though I don’t have the names or associated music theory glued in place yet. Still working on it.

This Anthony Wellington Video covers the class I had at Victor�s

(This message was last edited by hushnel at 12:44 PM, Jul 24th, 2018)

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So, so you think you can tell?
Jul 26th, 2018 03:50 AM   Edit   Profile  

And i thought i was getting somewhere doing 1234 4321.

Go Figure.

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North Florida

A Friend of Bill W.
Jul 26th, 2018 07:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

“o), it would seem that way. We have a tendency to get comfortable with our finger patterns, then when we learn a new line it can seem difficult as we try to play those notes with the same old comfortably finger patterns.

The 2431 4231 3142 type are taking some time to burn in. I can nail them at about 90 to 100 bpm but faster than that I run into finger knotting syndrome. “o)

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