Finger independence

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by DerekT, Dec 20, 2014.

  1. DerekT

    DerekT Guest

    Dec 20, 2014
    I'm wondering if there are any bass players with a lot of finger independence, that might even be able to play two conflicting rhythms(polyrhythm) at the same time on bass. An example would be one finger playing 4/4 while the other finger plays in 3/4 simultaneously. I really would like to hear how this would sound in practice. I have been trying to do it myself but am finding it pretty difficult, figured with so many crazy bassists out there someone has probably already done it.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. He_Who_Hops

    He_Who_Hops Guest

    Feb 26, 2014
    I have never seen or attempted anything like this on one hand, but I have seen it done with two.
    You can get some really cool sounding effects by splitting a chord between both hands, and tapping it as a polyrhythm
    About 30-40s in this guy gets a 3/2 (or 2/3 however you want to look at it) poly going.
    I'm currently trying to internalize 3/4 & 5/4 (already got 3/2 in my head) sort of patterns in hopes of using them in some way like this.

  3. Whousedtoplay


    May 18, 2013
    I don't have a youtube channel, but you can start with the following simple exercise:
    Hemiola/a cross-rhythm = 3 evenly-spaced notes against 2 (3:2).

    Listen to this video:
    3:2 polyrhythm metronome

    Now, tap with your right hand - 2nd and 1st fingers - two notes on the 12th fret: G (G string -2nd finger) and D (D string-1st finger), and tap with your left hand (just use one - 4th finger) two notes - E on the A string and B on E string.