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So, when people listen to the bass,
a lot of times people don't know why they
love it, but they just love it.
And I think that's because what you're
giving them, is not only the bass notes,
but you're giving them a lot of sounds,
and there's all kinds of stuff going on,
you know you're slip, you're sliding,
you're tapping.
Snapping [SOUND], popping [SOUND],
hammering.
And so all those sounds together.
Make up what, what makes it feel so good.
But you don't actually, people don't
actually know why they love it so much.
So you're muting the strings on the left
hand.
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So.
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So but just.
If I weren't muting.
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So by muting.
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And again when you're thinking about.
Every bass note should have something on
it.
Some little, a little bit of grease.
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Like just then I hammered up to the note.
Hammering just by.
Starting on the first finger.
Hammering with the with the third.
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And then I had a little
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Little trill on there.
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So that's a hammer-on with a little
vibrato.
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Or trill.
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And even that, it's a.
So I got hammer.
.
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Trill, and a little bit of muting.
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Little popping in there too.
So.
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So, when you notice the difference between
trills and vibratos.
So this note could go.
[SOUND] So, that's a trill, which we can
do with one,
one finger, [SOUND] or two fingers.
[SOUND].
You know, so it's, you could do, you could
do it,
or, depending on what, what your mood is.
Then the vibrato is.
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So we call it grease.
You know, just putting a little grease on
the note.
So, you have options for playing the note,
it could either sound like this.
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it could either sound like this.
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and then the way you get to it,
you can slide into it.
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So
again, when I'm playing, I'm thinking
about making every note count, and
I'm playing a lot of
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Little vibrato left hand.
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I'm muting with my right hand now as I
play it, stop
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So a little trill and a pop.
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So what you're doing is just putting
attitude on every note.
Instead of just being
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It's.
You know, so you put, you put a little bit
of attitude into every note and
that's why, that's what makes the
difference between a good bass player and
a great bass player.
So I have a fun exercise for you and I'd
love for you to send it to me.
Your version of.
Including all of these ingredients.
Trills, vibrato, hammer ons,
pops, and as you're doing it, call out
what you're doing.
So you're saying trill, pop.
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Hammer on.
Octave jump.
Slap.
Muting.
And let me hear how you're approaching
these same techniques.
Muting, vibrato, hammer ons, and pops, and
I'll.
Bet you can come up with some great
grooves.
I look forward to hearing them.
Listen to some of the other students'
video exchanges, and
send these to me and I'll get back to you.
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