Technique Lesson

Explain a bass playing technique and how to apply it to playing situations.
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Using Harmonics in Chords, Part I

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This is the first in a two-part series on using harmonics along with fretted notes to form chords.

Bass slap lesson (Intermediate)

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I've been getting heaps of people asking me to give them Tabs of some of my slap riffs so I thought I'd put this video up to help those bass players.
This is a slap riff based around the A minor scale, it has a good combination of notes within the scale as well as some fake note (ghosting notes) and a couple of two note chords.
The two chords are C major (1 and 3 or C and E) and the other is A minor (1 and 3 or A and C).
These two notes are pulled at the same time using your 1st and 2nd fingers on the right hand.
C major is a great chord to go to in this key, it is the 3 chord or the Ionian mode in the A minor scale so that will help to give your song or piece of music some flavour.

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How not to solo, Part I

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Taking the bass into territory that used to be reserved for guitarists and other treble instruments is admirable, but you have to have a strategy if the results are to be anything other than monotony and pain for your audience.

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FloatingThumb II; Video

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Issues I had learning the floating thumb technique

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Floating Thumb; Video

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How to use the "Floating Thumb" by Todd Johnson. Thank you Todd.

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Some Muting Techniques

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Like everyone else I have to really think about muting because it's really kind of automatic. To better understand what I do when muting I have tried to list every muting technique I use and why, along with any warnings I can think of for each.

Hazz's picture

Thumb position

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What to do with your right thumb while playing finger style. This was inspired by a thread on another board. Hope it helps.

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Locking In: A Team Effort

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As bassists, we cannot afford to loose sight of our most valuable skill--locking in and establishing the foundation of the music.

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