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Fastest finger style bassist?

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Cliff em'All, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. Cliff em'All

    Cliff em'All

    Sep 27, 2004
    So who are some of the fastest and i mean reallly fast finger style bass players? And name some of their songs that they really show their speed in.
  2. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings
    Geddy Lee.

    Animate- Rush


    YYZ- Rush
  3. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    Check out Billy Sheehan, Jonas Hellborg and Jaco Pastorius
  4. BassGod


    Jan 21, 2004
    Try Steve DiGiorgio. 'Images' by Sadus and 'Nothing Is Everything' by Death show of his amazing (fretless) abilities.

    Graeme :bassist:
  5. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Dominique Di Piazza on John McLaughlin's Que Alegria or on Frontpage - Frontpage.
  6. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Matthew Garrison - Duet
  7. Steven Melensen

    Steven Melensen

    Aug 2, 2005
    Even if he is known for his slap skills, I would say that Bill Dickens has the fastest finger style technique and by far. Go to his official website in his video section and pay attention when he is playing finger style. It's totally insane. Billy Sheehan has an amazing technique to.
  8. Sonorous


    Oct 1, 2003
    Denton, TX
    Richard Bona.
  9. Jaco Pastorius is pretty much the fastest bassist I've ever heard. Check out the solo in Port Of Entry (Weather Report's "Night Passage" album), or Cromatic Fantasy (Jaco's "Word of Mouth" album), or Donna Lee (self-titled album), Donna Lee doesn't sound THAT insane at first, but get a book and read along with the song as he plays it. He is ALL OVER the neck, quite possibly the hardest bass song ever. (It's taken me 3 months to be able to play the first 20 seconds of this song at about 3/4 the actual tempo)

    Also very fast: Stanley Clarke. Besides having superior slap skills, he can finger pick like a mofo. Check out the song Life Is Just A Game from the School Days album, or The Desert Song for some crazy fast upright stuff. Some very fast stuff.

    GSPLBASSDC Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    ...beat me to it :spit:

    The Buddah is unbelievable w/ fingerstyle technique and speed...he doesn't get props 'cause his slap skills are off the chain!!
  11. Bass_noobzor


    Sep 2, 2005
    Try downloading a Bass solo by Larry graham he sounds pretty good to me ^_-

    Also check out

    The minibosses listen to the basline in punchout it sounds sweet
  12. TheThumb


    Jan 2, 2005
    Geddy Lee's very quick. And Billy Sheehan. The guy from 'Tower of Power' is incredably fast... and funky... and tight!
    Jaco's chromatic fantasy is crazy. I tried to learn it from a tab book, note-wise, before actually having heard it, I thought I could blag along with it when I got it. My God :help:

    GSPLBASSDC Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2005
    Des Moines, IA
    Rocco Prestia......not doing too well, last I heard. Guess he needs a liver transplant
  14. Sound Chaser

    Sound Chaser

    Mar 19, 2005
    Lockport, NY
    Billy Sheehan. Listen to Sugar Blues by Niacin, Birds of Prey by Tony MacAlpine, or just about any song off of his solo album "Cosmic Troubadour".
  15. John Myung
  16. j-raj

    j-raj Bassist: Educator/Soloist/Performer Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2003
    Indianapolis, IN
    Tom Jenkins
    Billy Dickens
    Carles Benevente
    Charlie Wooton
  17. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Also - definately Gary Willis... Listen to Slick from the album Thick.
  18. +1 on Tom Jenkins! J-raj is the man.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    Robert Deleo "Trippin on a hole in a papper heart".
  20. Jonki

    Jonki I will not slap my Bee!

    Oct 14, 2003
    Arendal, Norway
    Geddy Lee, Alex Webster, Billy Sheehan, Steve DiGiorgio