Watch the Even Funkier In D! online guitar lesson by John Goldsby from Upright Bass Handbook
This series of 6 exercises, "Even Funkier in D," uses the notes A, B, C and D on the G string.
The notes A and B are in first position, which means you have to shift up the neck to play the notes C and D. You don't have to remember the name of the position you're in, but you need to realize where you are, and where you need to shift positions.
Let's start by playing Example 1, which uses double-stops (two notes played at once), using the open D string and the notes A, B, C, and D on the G string. That way you can hear the intonation of each note in relation to the D string. You should play this exercise over and over, out of time, to hear the intonation of each note.
The crucial technique in this lesson is the fast shift from the note B (with 4th finger) to the note C (with 1st finger) and back. Practice this shift over and over, at first out of time and then slowly in time.
Example 1 is all double stops (two notes played at once) using the open D string and the notes A, B, C and D on top. Play this exercise out of time and listen for the intonation between each pair of notes. Once you have Exercise 1 under your fingers, move on to Example 2-6 in time.