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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Mark Gollihur, Jul 30, 2002.
And I bet you can use those to eat Chinese food too!
I wonder if my drummer could use those????
Yes, but the MSG gunks up the strings. They're also handy for poking ever-so-curious onlookers in the eye when they get too close during a show.
I bet there is no itch you can't reach when you have those on! Are those home-made or did you buy them somewhere? I'd love to try them out.
I bought them when Tony Levin was still selling them via his Papa Bear Records site. I'm thinking of adding a page to my site containing dimensions and "how to make" them, since Tony encourages people to make their own as long as they don't sell them.
ok, im stupid. but how the hell do you use those and why?
LOL........he he, thats good enough reason to get some, never mind using em to play
Ill take that as my answer then.
You're not stupid.
How you use them:
You use them for a seriously heavy attack. Attached to your fingers, you hit the strings, rather than pluck them. It's similar in effect to the "pop" of your thumb or using your right hand to hammer the strings, but more distinct because it's wood, not skin. Tony Levin (bassist well known for playing with Peter Gabriel) and his bass tech "invented/created" them after noticing how much punch Tony's track had when he was hitting the strings with a drumstick. I only use them on two tracks, not full time. It's a special effect.
Why you use them:
Click Here for short MP3 clip!
6&8, thankyou for your helpful reply!
its enthusiastic people like you that keep me coming to TB!
Cool! It's good to see that someone else has Funk Fingers, too.
My band used to do "Misirlou," and I used them on that because the percussive effect was so cool.
BTW, are you any relation to Bob Gollihur?
Cool, I'll be looking for the build your own page. Thanks!
Yep - that's my dad. I'm a second-gen bassist.
Hey dad - if you're reading this:
I've got a set, too. I've gotten pretty good at using one, and can even get some cool double, and triple taps, but never got around to learning how to use two at once.
I'm looking forward to giving them a try on my new doubled four string fretless.
Weren't there only about 1000 sets sold, or something? I wonder how many out of those that bought them actually use them....
I didn't know that they were all wood.
Didn't he (Tony) have a set that had some kind of felt pads on the ends that would strike the strings?
Not felt, but the tips are coated with something like rubber.
Yes, it's actually something called "rubberized tool grip" that is normally used for - you guessed it - the handles of tools. It gives the sticks a little more "bounce" off the strings, as well as provides a little grip, which reduces the risk of them "glancing off" the strings and getting a bum note.
One would think.....
I've actually gotten pretty good at it. Since I use them in two songs, I use them fairly regularly. The one song (sound clip above) is a pretty continuous groove riff which isn't too hard; the other song, however, though another repeating thing, has a pretty rhythmically challenging riff.