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How do you get those muted notes without using the Rocco muting style?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by squeally dan, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    I'm a a new bass player by way of guitar. My band plays some funk stuff and I'm trying to woodshed in order to keep up. Love Tower of Power. Recently watched Rocco's video, but his muting method of fretting with one finger while muting with the one below it feels weird to me. How do you guys manage this? I gotta get my funk on in a hurry.
  2. Fergie Fulton

    Fergie Fulton

    Nov 22, 2008
    Retrovibe Artist rota
    It wierd to you because you are new to it..everything will be wierd till you get it under your fingers.
    The syle is natural and will produce the results you want...and more.
    But you're going to have to work and develop it, if you are listening to any current TOP or watched any recent videos, then Rocca has 40+ years on you, you are not going to play like him any time soon, so practice and develop it and maybe you will...but there are no real short cuts when you develop ideas.:D

    Check out the link, its a cool finger funk lesson

  3. squeally dan

    squeally dan

    Mar 30, 2008
    Not wanting any shortcuts. I'm practicing a bunch. I was just wondering if others have different techniques they use to get those muted notes (not ghost notes, but the muted notes where you still get a tone).
  4. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Some employ a technique similar to palm muting on guitar. Palm of plucking hand against the strings, pluck with thumb.

    However I don't know if it could be a substitute for the prestia style muting when doing fast stuff including string skips.
  5. Shanannigan


    Feb 25, 2011
    The left hand muting is really the only way you'll get that exact sound. There's palm muting, which is similar, but it sounds a bit different. Both are great to use. It's awkward at first, but the more you do it, the more natural it will feel.
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