Sliding Scales / Arpeggios Combo
Hello everyone. Bassist Kyle Honea here with another column. These days I have many ideas for the bass. Here I include 2, two handed tapping ideas. In the past few months I have also come up with several new picking exercises for bass that I will discuss in the future.
After working with different variations of arpeggios for a few years now, I've come up with many different rhythmic adaptations. And here I will present to you an example of one of them. This combines a basic B minor mini arpeggio (I call them mini arpeggios because they are smaller than the big ones I usually play) with the modes in B minor sliding around on top. Once again, very rhythmic. All two handed tapping. For right handed players, on the first half of this lick the sliding notes (G string) and bottom note ( B, on the seventh fret E string) are tapped with the left hand, 1st finger (index) and the notes on the A&D strings are tapped with the right hand 1st and 2nd fingers. On the second half of this lick the same, except the B on the E string is tapped with the 4th finger on your right hand.
I started playing bass when I was 17, influenced heavily by Billy Sheehan, Geddy Lee (and the inspirational lyrics of Neil Peart). I became motivated to practice for hours on end, always trying to better my fingers. By the time I was 19, I had landed a "spotlight column" feature in the May '92 issue of Guitar Player magazine.
Ominous Guitarists From The Unknown - "Mercury Bath" ('91)
Derek Taylor's Dystrophy - "Ain't Got No Use For It" ('94)
Scot Stine's Broke - " Hey Lejato" ('94)
A couple of tracks on Guitars On The Edge CDs - ('91-'93)
I must also mention that Carvin was kind enough to endorse me for a couple of years ('92-'94). So where have I been since '94? I returned to being a musician a year and a half ago. My bass slept for 5 and a half years! Laughed at by time, tricked by circumstances. So now I'm back and I hope you'll enjoy some of my playing.
For my current instrumental project, I am attempting to enlist virtuoso drummer Robin Qubty. My new musical project is in full-swing, however, I am constantly writing and introducing new ideas into my compositions. Maintaining my technique takes a lot of time also. Keeping the moving parts, moving! I currently play a 4 string custom bass, and I love GHS medium gauge strings. My amplification remains Peavey. I have no official endorsements. My string gauge is:
G - .050
D - .070
A - .85
E - .105