Right Hand Alternation

Right Hand Alternation

Right Hand Alternation

Check out the new sound. We blew the bank on a new fancy microphone for the video lessons, and damn, does it sound good! And a second close-up camera too, which is perfect for this video on developing your right hand alternation.

  1. guilhem09

    What about raking when going back down the strings ?

    • Chris

      Hi Guilhem,

      Yes, raking is an important tool, and the easiest way of getting back down the strings. It’s good though, to teach our right hand many different options so it is never stuck for muting options. That’s the goal of this exercise, to not only teach us to alternate with the right hand, but to also allow us to mute the stings at any given point we wish with our right hand.

      In other words, most of the time, we stop a note from ringing by removing our left hand from the neck of the bass. This exercise gives us the ability to stop a string (note) from ringing using our right hand, and thus avoiding the fretbuzz that sometimes happens when lifting the left hand. Another advantage is that it leaves all hands on the bass (right and left), ready to play whatever note comes next.

      Thanks for the great question, and welcome to the site!


  2. Monique

    Hi Chris,

    Thanks a lot for your lessons, I’m learning a lot!

    However, I’m very confused with the second part of this lesson when I see you playing twice with the same finger when changing strings. I become even more confused from 9:55 or so, when you stress that “you see? the finger is ready to play” on the other string… Yes, it’s ready but you’ve played with the same finger twice, which hardly seems to make sense at higher speeds. What am I missing?

    Thanks again, anyway!

    • Chris

      Hi Monique,

      This exercise is to essentially teach your right hand (at slow speed) how to have “access” to various muting options. So yes, even though you won’t always play two strings in a row with the same finger (though it does happen, especially when playing 8th note rock), it is imperative we have this option in our muting arsenal. The exercise is more about the muting, and less about which finger plays which note. Most people rely on muting with their left hand, this video helps explain than more accurate muting options often show up in the right hand because it avoided fret buzz noise, etc. glad you’re enjoying the lessons!

  3. Chris

    Sorry, stupid iphone text mistakes. … that more accurate muting options & ..because it avoids..

  4. Monique

    Thanks for clarifying, Chris, and no worries for the “stupid iphone”!

    I’m really amazed at how relaxed you are, even at fast tempos. I’ve watched quite a bit of your videos, including those on YT, and it always strikes me! If that’s the result of a lot of slow/mindful practice, I’m definitely willing to spend the next couple of months practicing only at 30 bpm (quarter notes…), because staying relaxed while playing is one of my biggest challenges and I’m sure it’s a major asset.

    If you can think of any other exercices that might help, both for right and left hand, I’d appreciate. I’m sooo fed up with almost chronic tendonitis in my wrists and elbows! (plus the feeling that I’m not making any progress or even regressing, sometimes! :/

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