Minor triad arpeggio exercises - root position

Hi everyone, and welcome back to another electric bass technique lesson. 


After familiarizing with the different fingering options for the C minor triad in root position, it’s time to play all the other key signatures. As always, consider that you will be using the same fingerings as C: just move your hand to a different fretboard position, following one of the fingering options that you studied in the previous lesson.


The following minor triad exercises, in root position, are based on the circle of fifths. As always, I recommend to start at a slow tempo (60 bpm) and progressively increase. So, let’s practice together, starting from the ascending minor triad.

1.1.a – Ascending minor triads (I-IIIminor-V)

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Next we will play descending minor triads.


1.1.b – Descending minor triads (I-V-IIIminor)

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And lastly, we will combine the previous two exercises.


1.1.c - Ascending (I-IIIminor-V) and descending (I-V-IIIminor) minor triads 

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With the previous three exercises, you learned to play the minor triads in every key on the lower octave, in root position. 


As usual, if you can’t play the previous exercises all at once, feel free to practice one or two keys at a time, until you are comfortable to move on to the next ones.


As I already said, practicing over the circle of fifths will give you extreme confidence over the fretboard, and using different fingerings to play the same notes will help you to think about the notes played, avoiding the auto-pilot mode. One last tip: be creative with the previous exercises! In other words, replace the quarter note with different rhythmic divisions. 


Here are few examples:

1.1.d Quarter for eighth notes:

1.1.e Quarter for dotted eighth and sixteenth note:

1.1.f. Quarter for eighth note triplet:         

 1.1.g Quarter for sixteenth notes:

Apply the previous rhythmic divisions to exercises 1.1.a, 1.1.b and 1.1.c: this will help you to develop a stronger right-hand technique, as well as hand coordination. Use the previous exercises as a tool to expand your knowledge of the fretboard, and take your time to absorb those positions. Also, refer to the previous lesson, in order to play the minor triads using different fingerings.

Thank you for reading and happy practice! 

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