Steve Bailey Fretless Bass Lesson Part 4
Welcome to the fourth installment of the Steve Bailey bass lesson series. This video goes through quite a bit of detailed exercises, variations in those activities, and fingering coordination tips. If you have not seen the other lessons, I strongly recommend you watch before diving into this one. Each lesson builds on the content from the prior video.
- Exercise Continued: Steve picks up the exercise where he left off in Part 3, emphasizing how important it is to take notice of left hand finger positions as you shift between various spots on the neck.
- Exercise 2A: This section includes examples of how to move the rest of your lefthand while forcing a finger or two to stay in one place – specifically the G on the E string and the A on the G String in this particular case. He works this up the neck on his four-string fretless bass.
- Exercise 2B: This portion covers minor thirds combined with the fancy fingerings – the specific notes he noodles around are the root, minor third, octave/root, and octave minor third (minor tenth). He works this up and down the neck. Even experienced players might have to stretch out to do it just like he does, and those of you with less experience are likely to find it very challenging to emulate.
- Jam Session Example: The drummer jumps back in and they run some of these scales up the neck and back down again as 2-note chords. Pretty interesting section.
- Quick Overview: Verbal rundown of everything covered in the video so far, including octaves, fifths, fourths, thirds, tenths, and minor thirds.
- Exercise Applying It All: Steve launches off into another exercise that combines all of the concepts he just listed out. This is a very important exercise musically, as it takes everything he has shown so far and wraps it together. If you aspire to integrate chords into your playing, pay attention here.
- Quick Aside: Bailey then steps back outside with his six-string acoustic fretless (on a hog, nonetheless – nice touch SB), and runs through a bunch of ways to apply the prior lessons. This is a short scene worth watching. You’ll see why at the end.
- Unit Five: Sixths: Steve vamps sixth-based riffs from “Bonnie Lies Over The Ocean”, following it up with an exercise that wraps sixths together melodically and rhythmically. Sixths can be challenging from a fingering perspective, so this is good stuff.