‘Minor Turnaround’ – Jazz Double Bass Study Piece

My composition ‘Minor Turnaround’ is a study piece for beginner/intermediate jazz bassists. If you are learning jazz it’s very important not to focus exclusively on improvisation as there are many benefits to learning set work. Classical bassists routinely learn new study pieces (etudes) which result in improvements to their technique.

Learning the bass line to ‘Minor Turnaround’ will help you improve your intonation around the note D on the G string. Locating that note with the 4th finger can be tricky so use the D harmonic to help. Focus on playing with a good hand shape to play the chromatic descending line.

The melody is in thumb position, which if you are not familiar with you could leave and focus on the bass part for now, but if you are looking to work on thumb position this is a suitable piece.
You can follow on from this video with follow up lessons where I will cover both walking bass and soloing over this tune.

I hope you enjoy the lesson and if you have any questions, feedback or lesson requests please leave a comment below.