Your intellectual knowledge of bass playing loses its value without the dexterity and finger independence to move around the fingerboard accurately and the stamina to get through a set or even a song. Playing through the pain of cramping can lead to more much more serious injuries and long-term damage. Hand exercises reduce injury, increase stamina, and improve playing.
Victor Wooten's latest lesson pack for Bass Guru offers eight different lessons on hand exercises. This includes individual strength and flexibility studies for the right and left hand, as well as tone, stamina and string-skipping exercises. Victor also addresses muscle development for right hand slapping and double-thumbing, and he reveals four right hand and arm variations he uses to battle fatigue onstage. The lessons are beginner to advanced and can be downloaded from Bass Guru here.
These are the lessons that appear in this pack:
-Left Hand Strengthening Exercise
-Left Hand Strengthening Exercise Variations
-Anthony Wellington Two-Hand Strengthening Exercises
-Two-Hand Tone Shaper
-Right Hand Fatigue Fighters
-Right Hand Muscle Development for Slapping/Thumbing
-Right Hand Strengthening Exercises
-Hand Exercise Recap, Overview and Performance
Bass Guru delivers interactive, self-paced lessons for electric and upright bass to your iPhone or iPad from other respected players like Mark Egan, Lincoln Goines, Tom Kennedy, Mike Pope and Felix Pastorius. Lesson packs include Ed Friedland’s “Bass ASAP” series designed to get new players off the ground and playing, Mark Egan’s “Fretless” series which lays a solid foundation for beginners before progressing to more advanced techniques, and “Fretboard Navigation” with Felix Pastorius which condenses a lifetime of learning about the fingerboard into an easy to understand series of lessons. Series on rock, blues, and bass specific music theory can also be found in the catalog and new lesson packs are added regularly.
The app is free and comes with a sampler pack containing nine lessons for trial. Additional packs, each with 5-10 lessons, are priced from $2.99 to $4.99, and can be purchased and downloaded within the app.
For more information, including an FAQ on how to use the app and a complete listing of available lesson pack topics, please visit www.bassguru.com.