Stretching 1-7?!

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Mark Wilson, Jun 27, 2005.

  1. Mark Wilson

    Mark Wilson Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2005
    Toronto, Ontario
    Endorsing Artist: Elixir® Strings

    Look at that, that is absoutly insane. Felix Pastorius. What a stretch... :eek:
  2. I hope that's a short-scale bass! ;) I can only pull off 1-5 on my Jazz.
  3. Vorago

    Vorago (((o)))

    Jul 17, 2003
    Antwerp, Belgium
    The D would buzz all the way if he played that 7th fret, he only reaches it by a few millimeters. If that's a fretless he's out of tune :smug:

    For the record, I can stretch 5 frets..
  4. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I just checked, I can do it. It hurt my finger a litthe though!!

    I'll try to post a picture. I can't do it and take a picture at the same time! :)
  5. Stretching a perfect fourth interval from about the 7th fret onwards is my comfortable limit. Also it can come in pretty handy in developing some cool contemporary sounds in the higher regions of the neck.
  6. I can do that, but i use my Thumb instead of my Index Finger.
  7. I can't do more than 1-6 with my index and middle. Thumb will put me right on top of 7. Good grief; that guy can reach almost an inch farther than me. Now those are bassist hands.
  8. JHL


    Apr 8, 2005
    London, England
    I don't get it, He is stretchin 1-6, his pinky is on the 6th fretline, no? Anway, I believe it might be a 35", since he has got really big hands, I can vouch for that.
  9. GSRLessard14

    GSRLessard14 All-Things-Claypool Enthusiast

    Jun 23, 2005
    Newington, CT
    I'd like to be able to stretch that far. The best I can pull off is a sloppy 1-5, but my bass is a long scale, 35" i think?
  10. Dasein


    Jun 19, 2005
    I could do that with a 6-string with ONE finger. Pshhh..
  11. Dasein


    Jun 19, 2005
    Wait... that doesn't make sense, nevermind.
  12. Redhotbassist


    Oct 19, 2002
    That is insane, i swear ive seen jaco do that before.. or in a picture.. it must be in the joints..
  13. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I can do 1-5, nothing special here.
  14. Youve seen jaco do that (effortlesly) in Portrait of Tracy. Although thats a 2-6, The pic is a 1-6 which is even more insane.
  15. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    He is most likely grabbing an artificial harmonic with his pinky.

    He is looking more like his dad every day!
  16. I've heard that Stanley Clarke has a tremendous reach.
  17. Redhotbassist


    Oct 19, 2002
    Found another pic of him doing the same thing but 5-12th fret..

  18. Dan1099

    Dan1099 Dumbing My Process Down

    Aug 7, 2004
    Pffft. Jaco only needed FOUR strings to grab those harmonics. :) :)
  19. MCT


    Apr 11, 2005
    Who is he? and Is he good?

    I can only do a buzzy 1-5

    Please Pardon my ignorance