Flea finger-jolty-trick

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by King Funk, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. King Funk

    King Funk

    May 19, 2004
    West Hills, CA
    Hey, I don't know if somebody's asked this before, but I'm interested in finding out how Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers does that jolty effect in the verse of "If You Have to Ask" and in the chorus of "Blood Sugar Sex Magik" both off of that aforementioned CD. I hear it's just a lot of treble, but I'm checking here just because you guys have probably addressed this technique over and over again.

  2. you know, he could just be doing some fast plucking,
    i could be wrong though...
  3. Jeff Moote

    Jeff Moote Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2001
    Beamsville, ON, Canada
    What do you mean by "jolty"?
    I'm no expert, but I love that album and am familliar with playing that song, so I might be able to help. Do you mean the sound of the sixteenth-note-triplets or something else?
  4. King Funk

    King Funk

    May 19, 2004
    West Hills, CA
    Yeah! "Sixteenth-note-triplets." How do you do that?
  5. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND

    I use three fingers--ring, middle, index.
  6. Whafrodamus


    Oct 29, 2003
    Andover, MA
    I usually use two and sometimes a third slips in there.
  7. Redhotbassist


    Oct 19, 2002
    I know exactly what u mean, the triplets.. fast like notes, theres easy excersizes of doing it, u just play a line like:

    this is where u speed up

    and if u just do different notes and riffs using it, u will be locked in the technique.

    :D :bassist: