Bass guitar is a pretty big instrument and sometimes it can seem a real challenge to play even basic sounding basslines or solos because of the stretches involved. In this lesson I show you how to make the most of the hands yo mama gave you and even stretch an octave on one string without moving your hand. Boom.


Tips For Large Stretches

  • Keep the thumb relaxed and centered on the back of the neck
  • Try not to pull the thumb back too much or curl it around the front of the fretboard
  • Keep fingers in a claw shape to maximise precision


Pivoting is a way of angling the thumb to the left or right in order to jump wider distances.

Practice this technique using the G major arpeggio below. Pivoting will help with the stretch between the 7th and 12th fret on the G string.

You can apply this to pretty much any arpeggio for practice. Here is an example of the F major arpeggio – try pivoting between the 5th and 10th fret of the G string this time.





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