I'm looking for some kind of exercise I can do to stabilize my timing and groove when playing "fast" quarter notes?
I'm a self-taught piano player. I also have some experience in playing the guitar. Right now I want to improve my bass guitar skills. (I have a little home studio where I want to record my own songs).
On the bass guitar I am able to play some even more complex basslines. As long as there are some rests in the bassline, I can stay in time and make it groove. Even if the bassline contains some quarter notes, I can stay in time. But when I try to play just "fast" consistent quarter notes, I completely mess up the timing.
I use my second and third finger alternately to plug the string. I can play fast quarter notes on the piano and the guitar. I think the problem is my right-hand fingers not being accustomed to the motion of "fast" plugging the strings.
Here is an example of a bassline where I mess up:
The Song is "Dark Necessities" by the "Red Hot Chili Peppers"
To fix this problem, I am slowing down the tempo really hard until I can stay in time and slowly increase the tempo. Since I don't get to play the bass guitar too often, I wonder if there is some kind of exercise I can do (especially without the guitar) to support my progress.
Q: Is there some kind of exercise (with or especially without a bass guitar) I can do to stabilize my timing and groove when playing "fast" quarter notes?