One of the simplest and often overlooked parts of bass playing is warming up.
For just a few minutes of effort each time you pick up your bass you can reap the benefits a good warm up exercise offers.
Let’s take a look at those benefits quickly now…
Avoid Hand Injuries
This is a big one and often ignored until it’s too late. Imagine after years of learning to play bass you have to give it up. Repetitive strain injury (RSI), tendonitis and many more issues can arise as a result of bass playing.
Increase Finger Strength
Fret buzz is common for beginners and is a result of having a lack of strength to press the strings with enough force. This is more common in the weaker fingers, such as the little finger.
Improve Your Playing Speed
Playing songs and bass lines at a fast enough tempo can be tricky. Getting your fingers to move swiftly from one note to the next takes practise. It’s a good idea to always learn things slowly and focus on accuracy, then increase tempo but sometimes your fingers just don’t move as fast as you would like them to.
Develop Greater Control
This goes hand in hand with strength and speed. Control is about working on accuracy and getting your fingers to do what you want them to do. Like all things, with a little practise you can quickly increase your finger control.
A Gym For Your Fingers
Warming up is like a gym for your fingers. It works on slowly improving and growing in the key areas we looked at. One of the main reasons people give up bass is because of not mastering the physical side of the instrument. With just a few minutes effort a day you can start to find it easier.
What To Do Next
I hope now you can see the advantages of warming up and will start using them to improve and grow as a bassist.
Simple is best when it comes to warming up as then you can focus on the exercise rather then trying to memorize and play a complex bass line.
So give it a go and add warming up to practise routine. Stick with it for the next 7 days and see the results for yourself.
P.S If you would like videos showing you step-by-step how to play 10 powerful warm up exercises check out my Finger Fitness course. I think you’ll love it