Effortless Intonation – How To Play Bass In Tune Automatically

As a bass player, intonation is one of the most important things you have to deal with.

If you have good intonation, not only will YOU sound good, but you’ll make everyone ELSE sound good too. Do you want to be the person who makes everyone else sound better? That sounds pretty sweet to me!

Playing in tune will also make your bass louder: Good intonation will allow your bass to vibrate and resonate more than if you were playing out of tune.

Unfortunately, playing with good intonation can be a losing battle. One day might be awesome, the next could be lousy and this can be incredibly disheartening. Trust me on this…I’ve definitely been there.

Luckily, I had a great teacher who introduced me to his ‘secret weapon’ when it came to dealing with intonation and I’ve been using this ‘secret weapon’ ever since.

Now I want to give it to you.

In this video lesson, we talk about exactly why it’s so important to play in tune, and you’ll learn the 2 ways of correcting ‘dodgy’ intonation that actually hurt you and can cause long term problems if left unchecked.

Luckily, you’ll also learn the technique that fixes notes whether they are flat or sharp, and best of all, won’t cause any harm to your arm or hands.

Watch out for the ‘secret weapon’ and download it from underneath the video.

Check out the lesson here!

Click Here To Download The First Effortless Intonation Drone

This lesson is just the first of 12 lessons in a series I’ve called “Effortless Intonation”

The series is completely free and comes with 12 full-length lessons, more than 6 hours of audio practice tools and most importantly, a system to make your intonation automatic.

I’m a big fan of taking something you have to think about and creating systems that allow your mind to focus on other things, like making real music!

To get the whole series, just put your first name and email address in the blue box at the top-right of this page and the whole series will be sent to you for free.

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I look forward to seeing you inside Effortless Intonation. It would be an absolute pleasure to help you with everything intonation.

Talk soon,

Play bass In Tune Bass Intonation

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8 Responses to Effortless Intonation – How To Play Bass In Tune Automatically

  1. eddie May 19, 2015 at 1:18 am #

    what about an electric bass players left hand tips, are these two players to use this same technique?

    • lukemcintosh89 May 19, 2015 at 1:24 am #

      Hey Eddie,

      No – electric and upright bass are very different instruments requiring very different set of skills and techniques. There is some crossover, but not that much.

      Also, as an electric player, you don’t have to deal with playing in tune at all unless you’re playing a fretless bass. You can just tune your open strings and not worry about intonation.

      The things in this lesson are definitely geared to the upright player.

      • Sabrina June 20, 2015 at 11:09 pm #

        Thanks so much, I just started playing about 2 years ago and these are definitely some good tips. I also have an incredible teacher who has taught me so much, but these techniques are great for when I’m having a bad day haha.
        Thanks again. 🙂

        • lukemcintosh89 June 21, 2015 at 12:25 am #

          Glad you like the concepts Sabrina – they are exactly what I return to when I feel my intonation get a little bit shaky!

  2. peter July 24, 2015 at 12:19 am #

    Where do I go for lesson and drone #2 . Thanks Pete

  3. Graham June 20, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Hello Luke are there any other drone pitches? I’ve just got my bass and I have been working with the C drone. It’s great.

    • lukemcintosh89 June 20, 2016 at 8:06 am #

      Hey Graham,

      You can get all the single-note drones, chord drones, and scale exercises by subscribing to the BAB newsletter. You can do that here:


      It looks like you’ve already subscribed though. If you haven’t received any of the subscriber-only lessons, let me know and I’ll make sure you get everything!

      Glad you like the lesson though – that’s great news!



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