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Left Hand Technique Basics

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Published on Dec 16, 2012

This video is the third in a series of jazz instructional videos featuring Chris Fitzgerald, assistant professor of music theory and jazz bass at the University of Louisville School of Music This installment covers four basic aspects of left hand technique for jazz bass: Hand shape, connecting the hand to the large muscle groups of the body, fixed position vs. free/vibrato position, and finger tips vs. pads of the fingers. Future installments will cover various topics including shell voicings for bass, walking bass line construction, tune learning strategy, and more. For more information and bass-related content including articles, sound files, and videos, please visit chrisfitzgeraldmusic.com .

Due to the length of this video (33 minutes), it has been indexed on screen by topic so that specific topics can be more easily found. The sequence of events topics in the video is as follows:

0:00 Bach cello suite excerpt and topic introduction
2:40 Introduction
4:18 Hand position basics
7:33 Connecting left hand string stops to the larger muscle groups
11:38 Fixed position and Free/Vibrato position
22:12 Finger tips and finger pads
29:29 Summary
30:58 Donna Lee melodic example/demonstration of techniques

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