Tutorials

Today’s video shoot went very well. I’m currently in the process of uploading each one over on the Teacher page. They’re going onto YouTube first, and getting embedded into the page as soon as they’re available, which I have to do manually. Guitar is already done, bass guitar is underway, and the string bass video will require a bit more edit work, but it should be done by Monday.

All video credit goes to my dear wife. Thank you so much, my angel!

2 thoughts on “Tutorials

  1. Eliza

    NO!!!For me, the use of a pick is an option that I use for a ceitarn effect or if it really hurts my fingers to play.When I play electric bass, I strike the stings with my index and middle fingers about 85% of the time.Some players use their thumbs, but I find the thumb method to be too slow.Some of the incredible bassists use [what I call] the slap-pull method, thumping the lower strings with their thumbs and striking the higher notes with their fingers.If the slap-pull method is what you want to adopt, learn the basics first.Check out the many different styles of playing. That includes orchestral bass parts (large ensembles which back up singers) down to the crudest players. Don’t limit your studies to the stuff that you like.Also important: practice!!!You will never be considered for any marathon runs if you don’t first master the complexities of crawling first.I wish you success in your endeavors.

    1. SWohldmann Post author

      Hello, Eliza,

      Using a pick is considered by many players to be verboten, but consider this: Compare the electric bass to a guitar. Then, compare it to a string bass. You will see that it is much more like a guitar, and a guitar can be played with pick or fingers. It’s all in the style and effect you wish to achieve. You can learn a lot from incorporating a pick into any line that you play finger on.

      I play about 50% of my material with a TWO finger technique, 30% with a THREE finger technique (I go index, middle, ring), 20% with a plectrum (pick, typically a thumb-pick style), and less than 1% with the slap technique.

      What you are describing with the “thumb-pull” is commonly called “slap” or “slap-pop” technique. It, too, is limited to certain genres and effects. In my capacity as a freelance professional, I have been asked to slap very, very rarely, so I am not the best teacher for advanced slap techniques (like double-thumbing, etc.), but I do know that they are out there.

      Your last bit of advice is very helpful, though: practice is important, and good, efficient practice is better than long, wasted, aimless practice. My students will learn how to craft bass lines for blues, jazz, Latin, rock, and also study existing lines by great players, as well as sight read, often from orchestral string bass literature.

      Thank you, again, for your input,
      ~Sera

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