Help with Portrait of Tracy

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by Mr Turkey, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Mr Turkey

    Mr Turkey

    Jan 4, 2005
    Hey dudes
    I'm 15 and I've been playing bass for about 3 years now. I decided to try something new so I learnt Portrait of Tracy by Jaco Pastorius. The problem is the last chord is quite hard for me to play, I'm not sure how I should go about it. Any help would be great :)
  2. hateater

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    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    Well, I am guessing you can't play the full song if you cant hit that last harmonic. It is indeed quite a stretch, but just get your fingers there. You don't need to have long fingers to play PoT, that is a myth. Victor Wooten = quitter :p
  3. jacochops


    Jul 2, 2000
    Suzhou, China
    Fret the B on the 9th fret of the D string and the E on the 9th fret of the G string, and play a double stop while stretching your pinky over the 13th fret, lightly touching both strings. You get a little better claity from the artificial harmonic by plucking that last harmonic slightly closer to the bridge.
    Hope that helps...
  4. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    you dont need long fingers to play pot EXCEPT,on the last chord.

    there are four notes being played on the last chord ,
    the highest false harmonic , fret the e grace the g#
    second highest a fourth down
    third highest another fourth down
    and the root whatever that is ;)
  5. hateater

    hateater snatch canadian cream

    May 4, 2001
    Eugene, OR
    I learned 90 % of the song from the book I have, and they say the last notes are not a chord, just two notes.