Playing on the A, D, and G Strings
As just mentioned, Figures 4-4 through 4-12 give you a chance to practice playing on the A, D, and G strings. When plucking the strings, alternate as much as possible between your index and middle fingers. Some players even use their ring finger. When using a pick, make sure to use a downward (down pick) as well as upward (up pick) motion. This is accomplished by driving the pick through the string in an up or down alternating fashion.
Figures 4-4 through 4-9 concentrate on the A string:.
A, B, and C notes on the A string
Quarter notes on the A string
Mixed rhythms on the A string
The following figures concentrate on the D string:.
D, E, and F notes on the D string
Quarter notes on the D string
Mixed rhythms on the D string
In Figures 4-10 through 4-12, you will need to modify your left-hand fingering on the G string. Here you'll use finger one on fret two (A), finger three on fret four (B), and finger four, the pinky finger, on fret five (C). Fingering is always subject to revision, personal comfort, and musical necessity, and it can actually be a creative endeavor. For example, some bassists prefer to use the fourth finger in place of the third finger for most passages (like upright bassists often do).
G, A, B, and C notes on the G string
Mixed rhythms on the G string
Quarter notes on the G string