This week I’ll be looking a little closer at the bass octave pattern and how we can use it to develop minimal movement in our fretting hand technique.


Octaves are a common feature in funk and disco bass lines and can double up as a great exercise for perfecting our bass technique. We can put our playing under the musical microscope with this exercise to develop better independance between the fingers and clean up our technique through using minimal movemnt.

Here is the riff we will be using:

Things To Practise:

  • Alternate picking
  • ‘See-sawing’ (Bouncing between fingers to make the changeover between notes as smooth as possible)
  • Note durations
  • Left hand positioning

Note Durations

1. Long Long
2. Short Short
3. Long Short
4. Short Long

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