I always read that he only used one finger at all times.
I see where it looks like he's up-stroking there, but I only hear the downstrokes--I think it's just the rapid movement of his finger getting back into position since he's playing it all with one digit, that makes it look like that. Of course, maybe he did upstroke with his finger at times--I mean, if anybody could do it....
I've tried that myself and it sure didn't work for me--not nearly enough strength on the upstroke to strike the string decently, plus the tone wouldn't match the downstrokes even close--your nail is hitting as opposed to meat.
I remember learning some of his parts once and what really struck me was his syncopation was so incredible, that there actually weren't notes in places where I thought there were--he was just so beautifully syncopated with the drums, percussion, etc. it sound like there were notes in some of the spaces!
Last edited by pbass2 : 01-12-2013 at 12:23 PM.