Bassists with best right hand technique? (For the purpose of Skype lessons)

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by StuntBacon, Sep 28, 2017.

  1. StuntBacon


    Feb 4, 2010
    So I'm basically hit a junction in my playing where I can't really seem to make any further technical improvements, no matter how long I practice, so the time has come to find a virtuoso. Could you guys suggest some bass players who have very good right hand technique that might be able to impart some advice to me please? From the famous to some local unsung hero, please send forth all your suggestions!

    I hope this is the correct forum.
  2. Usidore T Blue

    Usidore T Blue

    Jun 28, 2017
    There is a technique forum, where you will hear the gamut. I also recommend the search function on this forum--this question comes up a fair bit.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Inactive

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I'm not really into metal these days. But you can't argue that Steve Harris has probably the hardest right hand in the business. It's a machine. He's a cyborg. It's gotta be a robot hand.

    If you'll notice, he hides it in a lot of pics. :eyebrow: Yep. Robot hand.
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  4. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    ^^ You're right. Steve Harris is the Luke Skywalker of bass. May the bass be with you!

    All I can say to you OP, is that your plucking hand has to be in a relaxed position, with your wrist as straight as possible. If your forearm and wrist form some kind of an 'S' shape, you're asking for trouble. Also, learn floating thumb technique. It'll put less strain on your whole arm and your tone will be consistent from string to string.
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  5. StuntBacon


    Feb 4, 2010
    Tried learning floating thumb myself, I have a sort of version of it going, it gives consistent attack but it's a bit of a bastard when doing, say, octave-y disco bass lines and then I have to anchor. I'd really love to be able to do the Janek Gwizdala style, or whatever the hell Hadrien Feraud is doing (he seems to go through the strings rather than almost surfing on top of them like I do, but I can't seem to do that well for some reason.
  6. Jeff Berlin has a crazy right hand.
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