Its not Right on Time

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by reriterare, Oct 22, 2001.

  1. reriterare


    Jul 8, 2001
    Its been one of my bass goals for a long time to play Right on time by Red Hot Chili Peppers. I need help Ive been trying to learn this song for a while and I just cant seem to do it.
    Anybody got any technique suggestions on how i can take this one on. by the way I play with two fingers.

    If you havent heard the song I suggest you download of the most badass basslines ever.
  2. Practice... The string skipping is pretty hard, but you'll get it. Try warming up with scales, get gradually faster. It works. I keep my thumb on the E string, but I don't know what you do.
  3. yep, practice. the string skipping is hard. start of slow and speed it up...
  4. you can play anything if you just keep practising, slow at first then speed up! just make sure your fingers are warmed up!
  5. Right on time is one of my "I'm having a good playing night" riffs. If I can play right on time I know I should be playing a gig or something.
  6. also what I suggest doing is playing along to a few songs before attempting Right On Time. It will get your fingers warmed up and you will be able to play faster.
  7. Atom


    Nov 23, 2001
    What I do is use my index finger to double pick the top string and then use my ring and middle finger to pick the octave, it kind of looks like fingerstyle guitar, and makes the song very easy to play.
  8. ChenNuts44


    Nov 18, 2001
    Davenport, IA
    The first time I nailed the octave part, I'd had like 10 Mt. Dews and 6 Frappacinos. I was going absolutely nuts that night, and had been playing along to the cd. When Right on Time came along, everything just seemed to fall into place. When the song ended, I started jumping around the room going nuts because I was so happy. After that night, the song hasn't been a problem. I'd practiced it about a thousand times before that night, so whether or not it was the caffeine I can't say for sure. Practice it a ton and work your way up to speed. Once you get it, you shouldn't have trouble with it anymore, and you can go to all your friends and tell them that they're all your bitches now because you can play Right on Time.
  9. tucker

    tucker Guest

    Jan 21, 2001
    North Carolina
    Yes, Right on Time is a great song, and did you know he slaps the verse part?
    Well anyways this is what I do. I put the cd in the cd player and when Around the World comes on, I start playing it. In other words, since I know how to play every song on that cd cause its so easy, I play through the whole cd and when Right on Time comes on I'm ready to play. The whole cd is actually my warm up for any gig, practice, anything I play cause it has all the technique and variations in music on it. BUt all you have to do is keep practicing and you'll get better at it. Not everyone got it when they tried it but I'm sure since they started they have become better, unlike my friend who becomes worse as he plays more and more but thats a completely different story. Well good luck, listen to everyone in here they know what they are talking about, or at least some of them do. They will help you and will provide you with all the information and advice you need in the future.
    My hands hurt.