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Articulation of a simple phrase

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

  1. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    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:

    Attached Files:

  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


    May 18, 2013
    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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