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Electric Bass Lessons: Adding Flare

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[MUSIC]
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So you're gonna find yourself,
on many occasions, where it's you and the
drummer and it's jam time.
And pick a key, any key, pick a style, any
style.
But what I like to do, is mix it up a
little bit.
So, you noticed I started, just with a
little light picking.
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And hey, there's that nail sound,
we talked about, earlier.
Yep.
I grow my nails, so I can kinda use it as
a pick cuz.
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Nothing too much funkier,
than when you really get a good pick
sound.
So when I hear the drummer, jamming like
that.
[SOUND].
And that's JR, John Robinson, by the way,
in the background.
It gives me a chance to just.
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You know,
I don't have to start in with full guns
blazing, but just a little-
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Kind of an upbeat.
Sort of almost, half reggae type feel.
So again, make it your own and then, a
little slipping and
sliding never hurt anybody.
[MUSIC]
You almost aren't even playing notes.
It's kinda like you're, you're a drummer
having, or like a kind of an African drum.
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It's just, it's,
just the cool sound you get.
So it doesn't really matter.
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And
here's that trill again, that we, learned
earlier.
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You can either use the two fingers or-
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So.
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And now, we do, the up and down trill-
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Or the-
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Two finger trill, but once again,
were kind of like, it's, it's a little bit
of target practice where we kind of not,
aiming for notes as much as we are the
feel.
[MUSIC]
And that's
always just a little something different
from, from what they normally hear.
So, it's nice to, you know, just-
[MUSIC].
Use, use the instrument as a percussion
instrument.
So that's a lot of fun.
And then, of course, everybody has their
own version of a slap.
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And a hammer on.
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Another way to do the trill.
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And
when you're jamming, you know, you just
wanna have as much [SOUND] kind of grease
and fun so I do a little vibrato on that
note.
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And then-
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That's always fun, just a little trill.
And then, I like slipping and sliding
around the bass to just-
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And there you have it.
So, again, start with a drum pattern or a
drummer or your favorite drummer.
And start playing along and see what you
can come up with.
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