Spider Walk Technique: Easy Bass Guitar Exercise!

This exercise is perfect for any level. It is a fun and easy way to get your fingers moving across the strings and learning your fretboard.

I first discovered the spider walk as an exercise when an electric guitar video was suggested in YouTube. Now this was a number of years ago so I can’t entirely remember why this popped up but it did. It was a short video to show off how to create a spider walk across two strings.

This exercise is a fun way to explore your fretboard, stretching across each fret and across two strings, and will help with your speed (whether to increase speed or work on transitioning between strings).

Spider Walk Exercise 1 – The 3s
g – a♭/g♯ – d – e♭/d♯ – c – d♭/c♯ – a – b♭/a♯
c – d♭/c♯ – g – a♭/g♯ – f – g♭/f♯ – d – e♭/d♯ (example below)
f – g♭/f♯ – c – d♭/c♯ – b♭/a♯ – b♮– g – a♭/g♯

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Spider Walk Exercise 2 – The 5s
a – b♭/a♯ – e – f – d – e♭/d♯ – b♮ – c
g – a♭/g♯ – d – e♭/d♯ – g – a♭/g♯ – e♮/d♯ – f
d – e♭/d♯ – a – b♭/a♯ – g – a♭ – e♮/d♯ – e♯/f (example below)

spider walk the 5s (d)

Spider Walk Exercise 3 – The 7s
b – c – f♯/g♭ – g – e – f♮ – c♯/d♭ – d/d♮(example below)
e – f – b – c – a – b♭/a♯ – g♭/f♯ – g♮/g
a – b♭/a♯ – e – f – d – d♯/e♭ – b♮ – c

spider walk the 7s (b)

Spider Walk Exercise 4 – The 9s
c♯/d♭ – d – g♯/a♭ – a – f♯/g♭ – g♮ – d♯ – e (pictured below)
f♯/g♭ – g♮ – c♯/d♭ – b – c – g♯/a♭ – a♮
b – c – f♯/g♭ – g♮ – e – f – c♯/d♭ – d
spider walk the 9s (c#)

Spider Walk Exercise 5 – The 12s
e – f – b – c – a – b♭/a♯ – g♭/f♯ – g♮/g
a – b♭/a♯ – e – f – d – e♭/d♯ – b♮ – c
d – e♭/d♯ – a – b♭/a♯ – g – a♭/g♯ – e♮ – f (example below)

spider walk the 12s (d)

This exercise is great to play all over your fretboard! I hope you enjoyed this lesson and if there are any other lessons that you would like to learn let me know in the comments below!

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