im having alittle trouble strumming my bass

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Flounder102Bass, Jan 15, 2013.

  1. Flounder102Bass


    Jul 6, 2008
    im not for sure whats wrong with my fingers but i need someone whos professonal at bass who can give me the answer. well about a few years ago i was playing good i didnt pay atention to my strum fingers cause i was focusing on learning how to play blues untill now i just wanna make sure my strumming fingers are in the right position please help im losing my mind :confused:
  2. fearceol


    Nov 14, 2006
  3. If you mean like open handed strumming for chords or whatnot, I've always looked to claypool.
  4. +1
  5. ^ +1 aswell. I never learned my strumming technique for him, but after I figured out whats comfortable for me I noticed he does almost the same.
  6. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010

    For me, it's using the back of your nails on the downstroke (E to G string) and the very tip of your fingers on the upstroke (G to E string). I think most people use index + middle fingers to do it.

    EDIT: This guy has a decent, clear shot of it:

    Off the top of my head, Groundhog's Day and Last Salmon Man are two very strum-happy songs from the Primus catalog.