To continue our study of slapping and plucking techniques on bass guitar, this collection of exercises features double slapping and double plucking.
With the traditional bouncing thumb technique, just as its name suggests, the thumb bounces or rebounds off the string immediately after striking it. Rather than allowing the thumb to instantly rebound off the string, double slapping or double thumbing is performed using the slap-through technique by playing through the string with the same downward and upward picking motion utilized by a guitarist. For example, after you slap the A-string with the thumb, play through the string, and allow the thumb to briefly touch the D-string. The thumb then has the opportunity to move back across the string through an upward picking motion. On the downstroke, the string is struck with the side of the thumb, but during the upstroke, the string is sounded with the corner of the thumbnail.
Even though any of the fingers on the plucking hand can be employed to sound the strings, the index and middle fingers are the most common fingers used for plucking. Instead of using only a single finger, plucking with both index and middle fingers in an alternating fashion provides the best economy of motion, and it also makes fast, intricate lines easier to play.
Similar to the alternating two-finger technique, the sound produced while plucking should be so consistent and even that you shouldn't be able to differentiate between the fingers and tell which one is plucking. In other words, the index finger shouldn't be plucking the strings any louder or softer than the middle finger and vice versa. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!
When tapping in unison, notes are tapped in a mirror-like fashion using the same fingers and rhythm. For example, if you tap the note A at the fifth fret of the E-string with the index finger on the fretting hand in eighth-note rhythms, the note A, one octave higher, at the twelfth fret of the A-string will be tapped at the same time with the index finger on the picking hand.
After working through a collection of discrete finger isolation exercises using alternating fingers on single notes, you are presented with exercises featuring one-finger-per-fret, shifting, triads, seventh chords, scales, common chord progressions, and the 12-bar blues. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!
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