Playing With Octaves

Octaves are a fundamental part of playing bass. This chromatic exercise will help you learn how to play octaves so that you can bring them in effectively at just the right moment. Try at the end of a chorus on a song like Dance by Planetshakers. 


Tempo: Up

Song Key: E


Artist: Planetshakers

A dubstep breakdown? No problem.

Put your seatbelt on and hang on!!

Get ready for some crazy fun.



Daniel Ornellas, worship leader in the band "The Worship Republic" is originally from South Africa. He moved to the US with his band Tree 63 and has toured and recorded with numerous worship artists. He produces records and lives in Nashville with his wife Samantha and their two kids and is the bass instructor for Worship Artistry.

Playing With Octaves

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Bass exercises for busy people ?

Hello Daniel Ornellas,

I have been a church Bassist for 25 years.

Always been interested in giving the church the best quality effort on the Bass.

God & the congregation should get the best.

As I get older & life gets busier with family & work commitments, it can really eat into the time that I spend practicing.

Most praise songs and even worship songs require practice to learn the parts accurately enough to be performed properly. Sometimes all I get is an hour to practice on the Saturday night before the Sunday Service. Life just takes all my time & energy.

Anyway I really love playing the bass, I get a lot of enjoyment out of it & are always keen to stay sharp if I have the time to practice.

My question is,

Do you have any 5 or 10 minute exercise that can be performed daily that can keep busy people like myself sharp enough to keep up on the Sunday Service ??? I'm not really aiming at nailing the "Chicken" by Abraham Laboriel note for note, but really want to aim at a good consistent standard week in week out.