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Bernard Edwards

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Julius, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. staindbass


    Jun 9, 2008
    it does sound like a pick, but in the beginning of everybody dance, it shows him playing with a finger like its a pick. I'm going to guess its his fingers with the bridge pickup.
  2. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    He's "double thumping" with thumb for that lil bit , no pick , also called the invisible pick technique ,Larry Graham gets credit for inventing it .
  3. Sorry, but that's not quite right. He did hold his thumb and first finger together as if holding a pick, but he used the tip of his first finger to strike the string, plucking in an up and down motion.
  4. Are you guys sure he's not using a pick?
  5. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Nope, no pick. At the very beginning, you can clearly see him switch to fingers once he's done playing the octaves and no pick comes out of his hand.
  6. hellofromming


    Jan 18, 2012
    I've seen Randy Jackson in his instructional video playing with his index's nail and get a percussive sound. Maybe here is the same technique. I have no idea how they can be so solid with this technique though...
  7. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    It's true Larry Graham, or maybe Doug Rauch, started the whole double thumbing thing (not Victor Wooten!), but Bernard is doing something he called 'chucking'.

    This guy shows you how to do it :bassist:
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  8. markorbit


    Apr 16, 2004
    Yep, Bernard had a style that had no pick but playing as if he is holding one. That said, I'm not sure about 'I'm Coming Out' which does sound picky, but 'Everybody Dance' was played that way.
  9. Okay so after listening to I'm Coming out it sounds like he is chucking. It really sounds like picking. But am I right that chucking is used if you want to switch between pick sound and finger sound? :)

    Listen here the pre-chorus, chucking maybe
  10. RayMan34


    Jan 3, 2014
    Doesn't he get massively sore fingers using this technique?

    Was chosen because of speed or just some style he's used to?

    RIP 'Nard.
  11. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007

    Ive been doing this for years. Mostly because when I was younger I either had no (!) money or no means of travel to get more picks, so when I lost them, i had to improvise. It just came naturally.
  12. Alex J

    Alex J

    Jul 5, 2011
    Nile Rodgers has said Bernard's hands sometimes used to be covered with blood at the end of gigs! Yowch.
  13. bass12

    bass12 And Grace, too Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Yeah, it's pretty commonly known amongst Edwards fans that he used his chucking technique in "Everybody Dance". Interestingly, Nile Rodgers has credited Bernard with showing him how strum the way he does.
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Few artists performed live on Soul Train or any tv show for that matter so who knows what technique he used in the actual recordings? it could have been any one of the techniques mentioned or all of the above in different takes? irregardless the man is one of my bass superstars.
  15. Jhengsman


    Oct 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Maybe because I rarely try the technique but perhaps mainly because of Victor Wooten's teaching presence on YouTube it automatically seems faster to double thumb and I would try Bernard Edwards' techniques for the sound of the nail.