In this lesson we’re going to look at a technique that many players find tricky – The single finger sliding trill which I refer to as a shake.


In this lesson, we will be looking at single-finger trills, or ‘shakes’ that can add a new flavour to your blues bass playing.

To perform a trill, quickly slide up a semitone and then return to the starting note.

Exercise #1: Perform a trill and keep it going for as long as you can before the volume drops.

Exercise #2: Take the following riff and break it down into one-bar fragments that you can focus on one at a time:

Tip: Don’t try to add too many slides into your trills otherwise it will lose its definition and sound cramped. When practising this technique, memorise the rhythm of the trill and make sure you have it tight at a slow tempo before you ramp it up.

3-Slide Trills

This riff is similar to the one above, except it contains three slides instead of two. This means that you will end up on a different note so make sure you keep this in mind when you use it in your own playing.

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