Day 32. Learning the bass line

Today I continued to make progress in my bass playing skills for When I Come Around and got the 1432 combination sloppy played at 300 bpm.

Pressure control

Still not entirely sure what is the best way to practice it, so I continued to randomly play different variations of 1234 at 300 bpm to then implement pressure control while playing them.

1234 exercise

1432 on the 5th fret

I wanted to start at 240 bpm today but after I tried this combination during the pressure control routine it appeared that I could play it faster. So I started from 260 bpm.

Then I increased the speed to 300 bpm to reach this week’s goal. I played it quite sloppy but there was no need to increase the speed gradually – 300 bpm is not that much of a deal.

1423 on the 5th fret

I continued practicing this combination at 300 bpm.

1324 on the 5th fret

300 bpm.

1342 on the 5th fret

300 bpm.

1243 on the 5th fret

300 bpm.

1234 on the 1-12 frets

Still was trying to play it at 340 bpm. Not perfect but I’ll get to it eventually.

When I Come Around

Still practice the verse-solo-chorus transition to play it perfectly no matter what.

Then I practiced the bass line for a while.

I watched too many videos of live Green Day performances today trying to see what Mike Dirnt was playing here and there, as all covers I saw was approaching to the bass line differently and I wanted to play it as in original. Finally I sort of found out the fingering and all pull-off/hammer-on actions hopefully. Tomorrow will practice it that way and increase the speed to the original.


Need to play more bass, the bass line is trickier to play properly than I thought. Will focus on it the following days.

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