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Articulation of a simple phrase

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Whousedtoplay, Apr 25, 2015.


  1. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    This morning I was trying to play an easy bassline (with Thumb Slap/Pop)
    - | Dm7 | G7 |.

    (A short snippet:http://www.talkbass.com/attachments...4/?temp_hash=71a3475e2d8c9e5bc814814a055ccf71)

    I've noticed that I REALLY needed to focus on my left hand articulation of a simple phrase at 84BMP tempo:
    Thumb Slap D on the A string,
    Thumb Slap Open D,
    hammer F and G on the D string,
    Pop C on the G string, and
    Thumb Slap D on the A string.

    Here is my "best" LEFT/Fretting HAND fingering solution:
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  2. Bufalo

    Bufalo Funk in the Trunk Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Harrisburg, PA
    Any reason to not play the open D through most of the phrase? I would think index / ring fingers for most of those 3rd / 5th fret hammer on's. Maybe I'm not understanding the question (if there is one?)
     
  3. Whousedtoplay

    Whousedtoplay

    May 18, 2013
    TEXAS
    Thanks for your answer.

    No reason to play that Open D note - nothing to ask about.

    Also, I use that Open D note for two reasons:
    1. I feel the difference between the D note on the A string and Open D.
    2. I want to use double hammer-on (or one hammer-on and one left hand slap.

    I think my question is more about the string-crossing.
    My weakest spot is to perfectly articulate that jump from C on the G string to D on the A string at that tempo.
    Here is how I'm "cheating".

    I play G on the D string with my left/fretting hand's 3rd finger but not with the finger's tip but lower, around the first joint from the tip.
    The 3rd finger's tip positions (mutes) itself on the D note of the A string; therefore, I'm ready to play that D right after C of the G string.

    And it does not matter how many times I play that phrase if the fingering is right for me.

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