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Cello Lessons: Non-Classical Pizzicato: Walking Bass Line

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In classical music, pizzicato is
a somewhat undeveloped technique,
but we're usually going for
resonance [SOUND].
And that means we'll probably
be pizzing up [SOUND].
And there's a lot of
like vertical gestures
where you can like sniff
your armpit afterwards.
If you can sniff your armpit it's probably
a really great classical resonant frubato.
Or a pizzicato we're talking
about pizzicato but.
For non-classical pizzicato, particularly
when it comes to walking a jazz baseline,
or even a bluegrass baseline, instead of
pizzing up, we wanna pizz to the side.
We don't actually want resonance,
we want just a thuddy, core sound,
like a bass would get through a pick up.
So, instead of like [SOUND] pizzing up,
if I pull my arm to
the side [SOUND] then I get
the core that I'm talking about.
[SOUND] Try pizzing just a few
sideways pizz with your second finger.
And just really use the arm
actually to pull the string, so
it's got a lot of force to it,
and a lot of core.
I'm also,
if you can see my finger placement is
towards the end of the fingerboard.
Down there you're gonna get
more of that projection.
For a classical vibrato [SOUND] I might
pizz further up the finger board.
Again, because helps with resonance.
So, there's gonna be a bunch of
lessons on walking baseline,
specifically in the jazz curriculum.
But, no matter what style,
if you're playing a bass role,
like in bluegrass or funk or anything.
This sound concept is gonna apply.
So even for like a bluegrass line
you want a lot of thuddiness.
And so that's just one small,
technical change that's gonna help
you become a good bass player.
with your pizzicato