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Electric Bass Lessons: Right Hand Speed Drills: Techniques & Tones -NEW!

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[MUSIC]
Okay so now we're talking about,
being able to play a little faster, and
implementing a lot of these ideas.
One of the most important things is gonna
be, the position of your right hand.
And, and actually how you use it.
There's so many different versions and
ways to use the hand, where you gonna,
where you gonna pick on the string.
Are you gonna try to get a more percussive
sound by going,
[SOUND] down here by the bridge.
Or warmer sound, by the neck.
[SOUND] See that's much different than
this sound.
And if I'm thinking about doing a fast
passage.
[MUSIC]
I
tend to play a little more toward the
bridge.
And I lighten the touch just a little bit
so I'm not trying to do so much.
Of a heavy touch on each note [SOUND] but
it's a little lighter and
it allows me to skip over the notes a
little easier.
[MUSIC]
And
the other thing that I notice is that I'm
using my thumb,
to dampen the low notes on the E string
cuz if this note is ringing.
[MUSIC]
You don't wanna have the low note ring in,
or any strings ringing while you're
playing the other notes.
What I used to do is actually, put a
little piece of cotton somewhere on
the neck if I was gonna play some passages
and
it would just dampen the strings, [SOUND].
So you wouldn't get, you wouldn't get that
ringing sound while
you're playing up here, playing high or a
solo or what have you.
[SOUND] But in this case we also have so
many different approaches to using the
right hand.
We can use a little bit of our fingernail,
which I leave it just long enough so
that if I wanna use the fleshy part of my
finger,
[SOUND] you get that nice fleshy tone.
But then if I want a little more edge, and
a little picked sound.
[MUSIC]
I get, I get that.
And one of the things I like to do is do
the double-picking or
as if I'm using a pick, but I use the back
stroke as well, so.
[MUSIC]
So
what I could achieve with that is, is get
double notes.
[MUSIC]
So
basically I'm just striking the string
once.
[MUSIC]
But with the double-picking
[MUSIC]
Or stay on the same note.
[SOUND] So what you can see is I'm just
using both sides of the finger and
if I wanna get, make it a little, you
know, for instance funky.
[MUSIC]
That's just with one finger but
using it as a, sort of as plectrum, and
then obviously when you get faster,
[SOUND].
The way to practice, is just do it slowly
[SOUND].
And if you want to change notes just
[SOUND].
And once again, if we wanna use the
metronome,
we would start at 70 beats per minute, and
it would sound something like this.
Two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
That's with the pick, for the fingernail.
And that's just going in one direction and
stroking up.
[MUSIC]
Of course,
here it is without the fingernail.
Now if I wanna double up on the time
there.
[MUSIC]
So, if we get back to the two finger
technique, we accomplish the same goal.
[MUSIC]
As we did with one finger.
[MUSIC]
And
it's gonna be up to you to determine which
one you're gonna use or.
Which style you're gonna use, depending on
the song or the music.
Lots of times it will just depend.
Some songs I get and I wanna just do the
[MUSIC]
So that, I'm just using
my fingernails to get that, that pick
sound.
It's not gonna be the same if I use the
fleshy part of fingers.
[MUSIC]
So then the nails.
[MUSIC]
So
that's, a little more about the right hand
technique.
The other thing is, you wanna make sure
that the strings you're not using
are being dampened in some kinda way.
And with the four-string, it's fairly easy
to rest your thumb
either on the string above, the note
you're playing.
So what I'm doing now, is my thumb is
actually on the A string,
dampening that string, and the side of it
is on the E string.
So these notes, [SOUND] won't ring while,
I'm up.
Playing in figure on the higher two
strings.
[MUSIC]
So
you wanna make sure that you're, some
kinda way,
dampening the strings that aren't being
played, so they don't just ring.
And every now and then, either a drum.
Would hit, and, and sort of trigger that
note, or a vocal sound.
Or something would, [SOUND] would make
that note ring.
So what you wanna do is make sure these,
these strings are always being dampened,
while you're doing the other notes up
here.
So
[MUSIC]
Now, the other thing is there is
a sweeping motion that can be done,
achieved with the right hand.
So that, as you're coming down the bass,
[SOUND] you get this sort of a motion.
[SOUND] So.
[MUSIC]
So, if you practice that.
[MUSIC]
You can alternate,
but as you change strings you can just use
the same finger,
to attack the next note on the next string
across.
[MUSIC]
So I'm using actually one finger.
[SOUND] So that comes in handy when you're
doing your arpeggios again.
You just come right across the string.
[MUSIC]
And
then I can do that with two fingers,
achieve the same thing.
[MUSIC]
What I'm
doing is using now the middle finger.
[MUSIC]
To come across and sweep across the neck.
[MUSIC]
So
what I want you to do is practice to see
what feels comfortable and what
makes the passages sound the most natural
and it, again it just comes with practice.
The determining, what fingers and
what choices you make to make the passage
come off a little.
[MUSIC]