The Flying Fingers Problem: Bass Exercises

4th Finger Control

Play the first note with your 4th finger. Hold that note and make sure it rings for the entire 4 beats. Play the other 3 notes with fingers 1, 2 and 3 on the D-string.

3rd Finger Control

Like the first exercise, play and hold the F# with your 3rd finger for the entire bar. You will have to arch your 4th finger to keep from muting the G-string.

2nd Finger Control

Fret and sustain the F on the G-string with your 2nd finger. Again, keep fingers 3 and 4 from touching the G-string as you play the notes on the D-string.

1st Finger Control

Finally, sustain a note with your 1st finger, and play with fingers 2, 3, and 4 on the next string.