What makes this sound on Marcus Miller's M2 track 11?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Javy, Nov 25, 2002.

  1. Javy


    Sep 15, 2000
    Can anybody tell me how Marcus Miller gets that plunky bass sound on track 11 ("3 Deuces") of his M2 (M Squared) CD? I'm talking about the fingerstyle sound, not the slapping and popping that's also on that track. The notes die off quickly sort of like an acoustic base, but it's definitely an electric bass. I think I've heard basses on older recording from the 60s or 70s with that sound.

  2. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Haven't heard that track, but you can get that sound by muting with the palm of your right hand and playing the notes with your thumb. It works particularly well if the thumb belongs to Marcus Miller.
  3. mbulmer


    Nov 25, 2002
    Feeding Hills, MA
    I think it's a combination of palm muting (holding your palm against the strings right near the bridge and slightly dampening the notes) and compression.

    Could be wrong though

  4. gfab333


    Mar 22, 2000
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    He's been doing this for years. Although he's not the pioneer originator of the technique, I recall that he was using as far back as the early 1980s. Listen to David Sanborn albums of that era. Marcus played bass on most albums.