Beginning Melodic Sequences: Bass Exercises

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Your First Sequence

In this first sequence I want to try to make the pattern easy and obvious for you. I'm giving you a rest between each melodic pattern. Take your time to work through it. Don't miss any notes. Use the right fingers. NOTICE: I've added one note above the one-octave major scale, and one note below. This makes the sequence turn around and finish more musically.

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R23 Sequence in Triplets

This is the same sequence as the first exercise, but without the rest. Without pausing is how you really want to play it. It makes your musical mind work faster.

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R234 Sequence

Here is a 4-note melodic pattern similar to the first two sequences.

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Playing Thirds

This is one of the most common sequences people learn. We call it "playing thirds" because you are playing major and minor thirds throughout. Basically, you are skipping a note of the scale each time. Listen to the bass part during the guitar solo on Rush's Tom Sawyer. You will hear parts of this sequence. At some point, Geddy Lee practiced this and it came out.

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R32R Sequence

This is essentially a combination of the R23 exercise and skipping thirds. See what melodic patterns you can come up with, and play them as a sequence.