I've never heard someone play like this....Amazing

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by LeFunk Machine, Jun 20, 2020.

  1. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine

    Sep 12, 2014
    I don't know much about this technique. In the video, he said it was staccato technique. I don't know if you guys know about the technique or have heard him played before. Can you play like this in other styles of music....like worship songs? At 2:01 and 4:16

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  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've used it for funky sounds. I didn't know the technique had a name. I've never done any worship songs so I have no idea about that. Sorry.
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  3. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine

    Sep 12, 2014
    I'm trying to delete this post and post it under the technique category but I don't know how to.
  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Me either, you can probably ask a mod for some help deleting it or moving it to Technique.
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  5. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    It's not really staccato in the true meaning of the word, although in bass guitar it can have that effect (staccato doesn't really apply to plucked strings). It's the bassist controlling the duration of the note by stopping the string's contact with the fret by lifting his left-hand finger.

    It has nothing to do with genre. Controlling the duration of notes is a basic skill.
  6. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Here’s a name for you to learn to further your education: Rocco Prestia :)
  7. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine

    Sep 12, 2014
    Oh, I didn't know what else to call it other what he said in the video. Thank you for you input.
  8. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine

    Sep 12, 2014
    Its close but the two videos sounds different.
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  9. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    You mean like funk? You just hit and release. Mute (ghost) between to create a groove. Its standard funk 101.
  10. bobyoung53

    bobyoung53 Supporting Member

    Staccato just means short quick notes. I don't know if that would fit in worship songs or not, maybe if they were funky:laugh:.
  11. mellobud


    May 17, 2007
    I tend to get frowned at by the white hairs if I add too much funk to the worship songs
  12. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine

    Sep 12, 2014
    Oh ok
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  13. LeFunk Machine

    LeFunk Machine

    Sep 12, 2014
    I mean..Elevation? Hillsong? Bethel music? :D:D:D
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  14. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Best bass for staccato?
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  15. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
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  16. That was some very basic finger style funk. Not to denigrate him, he wasn’t trying to impress
    he was demonstrating the bass. Well done. Some call that style the ‘bubble’ bass, the
    percolating bass, the Oakland style or the finger style funk. It’s basically ghosted 16th note
    patterns. I’ve been really playing that style the last 20+ years. When you get it up to speed
    and blend it with a broken up linear style drum beat, it gets rhythmically intense.
    Check YouTube for Finger Style Funk with Francis ‘Rocco’ Prestia. As far as the demonstrator
    goes, possible Pittsburgh guy?
    Now that you jags have seen him, go dahn ta’ Empire Music, buy some guitars ‘n at.
    Yinz might get a gig with Dawnny Iris.
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  17. The only thing is, Rocco never played that bass. He played a stock blue P-bass, with a
    rosewood fingerboard. All that cool stuff he did in the 70’s was on a Fender.
    Not Even a custom Fender, just a plain Fender. He told me himself, and he hasn’t been the
    only guy, that all he ever played was Fenders. And an off the rack, not even the U.S.A. made
    Fender is still as good or better than anything you can get for 3 times the amount.
    I bought a white alder P-bass body, put a rosewood fingerboard neck on it.
    Threw a Fender split coil from a Classic Vibe P-bass.
    Then took a bridge cover from a Jazz bass (because it’s longer) and put a mute in it.
    And because the bridge cover is longer, I could move the mute closer to the neck, in effect
    creating more muting. So now when you pluck the strings, the strings don’t ring out.
    They give a sound with a very quick decay. Short, staccato notes. It’s the ‘ultimate’
    finger style funk bass.
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  18. Inara

    Inara Fierce Fun Fretless Female

    Jun 12, 2017
    Seattle, WA USA
    My post was intended to be very tongue-in-cheek ...
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  19. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    Agree 100% it is nothing to do with genre and is a basic skill. :thumbsup:

    But I don't agree that it was not staccato in the true meaning of the word. It is a generic term and is a direction to the player to play shortened notes, which is what I heard. How this is done will vary by instrument and context - but that is not contained in the definition. Why would it not apply to plucked strings such as bass guitar that have a naturally longer sustain?
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  20. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    Yep. It's been around since soul music.

    EDIT: you'll hear them referred to often as ghost notes or something similar, because they're purely percussive, i.e. notes with zero duration. Staccato is different, and is misused in the video.
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2020
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