Rock and roll is one of the most popular modern music styles. Not only is it fun, exciting, loud, and proud, but it is a mixture of various genres all in one. In order to learn rock and roll, you need to learn a little bit of everything.
This is an introduction to rock and roll bass guitar playing.
The first thing you will need to do if you are serious about playing rock and roll is develop rhythmic timing. You will need a metronome. Every practice should be about twenty to thirty minutes play a simple pattern.
Each click of the metronome represents a quarter note in value. This means that for every click, you will play one quarter note, two eighth notes, or four sixteenth notes depending on the speed of your pattern.
If you find that your note values tend to run through the clicks, unless you are playing a half note or whole note (and in that case, for the half note your note should last two clicks, and for the whole note is should last four) you need to slow it down. All of your note lengths should be even.
No matter how many you play, an eighth note should still equal a half of a click in length. There is no exception to this; if you are having trouble, you are playing too fast for your current skill level. Slow things down initially when you learn how to play rock bass as it develops a stronger fundamental.
Once you have developed a steady sense of rhythm and you are able to keep proper tempo, you will need to work on dexterity. Rock and roll music is infamous for its fast paced rhythms, and in order to keep up, you will need each and every finger to be completely independent.
Start off by fretting the first fret on your E string with your index finger. Perform eighth note hammer ons and pull offs onto and off of the second fret using your middle finger. After five measures, fret the second fret with your middle finger.
Perform the same hammer ons and pull offs, this time on the third fret using your ring finger. After five measures, fret the third fret with your ring finger and perform the same hammer ons and pull offs on the fourth fret using your pinky finger.
At first you may notice that this exercise is extremely difficult. Your unused fingers might be reaching for the fret almost subconsciously. Don’t allow them to do the work for the designated fingers. Pause if needed to readjust your fingers. The trouble is caused by finger dependence. Your fingers are depending on the motions of others to determine their own next move. This is a hard habit to break, but the sooner you do it, the more your playing will improve.
When you aren’t working on note lengths or finger independence, listen to rock music. Study the types of rhythms and progressions being used. Try to come up with your own ideas based on different riffs. Immerse yourself in the world of rock and roll; it is the only way you will come to understand it.
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