Circle of 5ths to Learn Arpeggios on the Double Bass

In this lesson you will learn how to use the circle of 5ths (a.k.a cycle of 5ths) to learn your major 7th arpeggios (a.k.a chord tones) in all 12 keys. This is the single best exercise I know of to improve your double bass playing. I was shown it by my old teacher Zoltan Dekany and it transformed my ability to improvise walking bass lines and solos on the double bass. I can't recommend it highly enough if you want to really learn your arpeggios all over the fingerboard on your upright bass or bass guitar. 

In this lesson I use the terms '4th' and '5th'. Here is a basic explanation of what these terms mean:

A '4th' or a '5th' is a type of interval, which is the term we use to describe the distance between two notes. The 4th or 5th can be found by counting up the note names alphabetically. So the '4th' is the 4th letter. For example if you start counting on C the 4th note would be an F. The '5th' is the 5th letter, so in the key of C it would be the note G (i.e C1, D2, E3, F4, G5). 

Note: The intervals described here are known as 'perfect' 4ths and 5ths and it is possible to have an interval of a 4th and 5th which are a semitone higher (augmented) or lower (diminished) than a perfect 4th or 5th. However this information is beyond the scope of the lesson. 


In this lesson I reference my new course 'Double Bass Arpeggios: The Play-Along Collection'.