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Plucking: Right Hand Bass Technique | StudyBass

  • Published on Mar 28, 2023 veröffentlicht
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    How you pluck the strings of your bass affects almost every note you play. In this lesson I explain how to pluck the bass with your fingers, how to mute the strings, and how to get a good tone.
    We'll discuss finger alternating, plucking motion, how hard to pluck, where to pluck, several muting strategies using the thumb, ring finger, and plucking fingers, and more.
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    0:00 Introduction
    0:45 Trim Fingernails Short
    0:54 The String Muting Problem
    1:09 Goal: One String Ringing at a Time
    2:14 Thumb Placement
    3:20 Two-Finger Alternate Plucking
    3:26 Alternating Fingers
    4:28 Plucking Motion
    6:30 How Hard to Pluck
    7:42 Muting Strategies
    7:59 Thumb + Follow-Through + Ring Finger
    9:28 Follow-Through Motion
    11:53 Wandering Thumb
    12:53 Floating Thumb
    13:48 Which Strategy Should I Choose?
    15:23 Common Question: Do You Always Alternate Plucking Fingers?
    17:24 Take Your Time, Review Often
    18:35 Bass Diagrams
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Comments • 342

  • Andrey Balandin
    Andrey Balandin 5 years ago +176

    This is by far the most comprehensive and clear, straight-to-the-point video for right hand / plucking hand technique on bass! Thank you very much!
    First day bass player

    • James Rhoads
      James Rhoads 2 years ago

      Me too! And I concur!

    • Samuel McWilliam
      Samuel McWilliam 2 years ago

      d b Yes you should if you can. I built up a bad habit by not learning this from the start and am having to go back to change my technique.

    • Frank J
      Frank J 3 years ago +2

      I’m a novice at the bass (probably doesn’t need to be said given the subject matter of the video), but decently accomplished in other areas of life, and the insight about watching your plucking hand over the fretting hand is deceptively subtle. It seems to me the underlying idea is “sound bad to play well” - which sound like conflicting thoughts, when really they are not. It also incorporates a delayed gratification ethic leveraged against insight into unconscious human behavior. Great video, very helpful!

    • studybass
      studybass  5 years ago +18

      First day? We've been waiting for you! I'm glad you found it helpful. Review this lesson now and again. As you progress you will be able to focus on finer and finer details. Stick to it!

  • H B
    H B 3 years ago +48

    I can’t believe this is free content. Thank you for making these videos! They’re amazing :)

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago +10

      I'm glad you like it! People need access to good lessons. Keep learning and playing!

  • Darth Durkel The Wise

    As a life long guitar player I needed this plucking lesson. Playing bass correctly is not as easy as a lot of us think.
    I have only recently started my expansion to bass and I found this to not only be comprehensive but very simple to understand too.
    It honestly helped to improve my playing technique in one afternoon!
    Great job man and I’ll be coming back!
    Subbed as well 👍🏻

    • beepst
      beepst Month ago

      As a guitar player, bass is a whole new beast. The only thing they have in common is the look. Very few of the things I learned on guitar help for bass (like fretboard knowledge). I’m trying to approach it with a different mindset than on guitar, because I know how annoying guitar players can be when switching to bass.

    • studybass
      studybass  Year ago +1

      Welcome! I strongly encourage guitarists to think of the bass as a completely different instrument. From guitar you already know the bass' melodic potential. Approach the bass from the other side and think of it as a tuned drum. Like a harmonic bass drum. Have fun!
      P.S. there's way more on studybass.com than here on YT.

  • Anıl Aykan
    Anıl Aykan 3 years ago +34

    you are the best teacher i have ever seen, i can't thank you enough, you made me start practicing again xx

    • Greg Ireland
      Greg Ireland 2 years ago

      Today is my first days as a musician that plays a bass. And I thank you for the positivity and I second what Anil said. Thank you.

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago +4

      Thanks, Anil! You can thank my students who trained me. Don't stop practicing!

  • TheSaint
    TheSaint 4 years ago +41

    All other videos on that subject i watched so far left many questions...they're all covered here and presented without unneccessary talking and self display, superb !

  • Leandro Echevarria
    Leandro Echevarria 5 years ago +40

    I'm new to bass (I bought my first one yesterday). I am watching your videos and they are so great! I can understand all you say. Congratulations, definitely I will see all your material.

    • Robbie Clark
      Robbie Clark 4 years ago +1

      I’m a year in too, hope you’re still jamming as well.

    • studybass
      studybass  5 years ago +3

      Thanks, Leandro! There's much more on www.studybass.com and more videos coming soon. Good luck with your musical pursuits.

  • Carlos José Barroso
    Carlos José Barroso 4 years ago +46

    You are a very good teacher, thank you very much.

  • Kevin Michael
    Kevin Michael Year ago +6

    As a beginner, I'm grateful for finding the StudyBass method.
    Diagnosed 'mildly'-dyslexic as a child, your breaking things down in a simplified manner are appreciated.

    • studybass
      studybass  Year ago +2

      Sorry for my slow YT reply. I'm glad you've made it to StudyBass and you're learning. Daily practice is key. Let me know how you're progressing.

  • Trevor Helt
    Trevor Helt 4 years ago +160

    It's comical how good this lesson is.

    • Andy Miller
      Andy Miller 6 months ago

      Truly…absolutely answers all questions.

    • 00Dusty
      00Dusty 2 years ago +2

      d b yes it will pay off in the long run as you get more technical and will help you to play super clean

    • studybass
      studybass  4 years ago +8

      Thanks, Trevor! I'm glad you liked it. Keep making music!

  • Matt Larson
    Matt Larson 2 years ago +2

    The clarity, and approach towards developing the mindset to receive what is to be instructed, is inspiring not only to learn what is being taught, but how to retain the right mindset while learning. This has no reason to be free, other than the goodness of empowering others. Thank you for this!

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words. Everyone deserves the chance to learn music and an instrument. Music does a lot for people. Keep playing and making music!

  • Eli Cohen
    Eli Cohen 6 months ago +1

    Wow! You just gave so much valuable information in one video whereas other videos would pull you by the nose with hours by hours. Thanks a lot!

    • studybass
      studybass  6 months ago

      Thanks! A person's time to learn music is limited. A part of my teaching philosophy is never to waste a student's precious time. Keep learning!

  • IWatchestheWatchmen
    IWatchestheWatchmen 4 years ago +4

    I just started playing about a month ago and I can already say that these instructional videos have been a huge asset for me. The part at 16:30 about watching my plucking hand was so helpful and I probably would have never considered that on my own.

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago +1

      I'm happy to hear it. There are lots of tips throughout the website like that. Keep playing and learning!

  • OriginalKarusoma
    OriginalKarusoma 13 days ago

    Having just started on bass at age 48 this was just the video I was looking for. There are tons of good bass teaching videos out there, but none of them seemed to take on these topics, at least not as well. Thank you so much.

  • NightWEB3
    NightWEB3 3 years ago +2

    You're doing God's work here. Haven't come across better, more direct, clear and comprehensive lessons. This is amazing. Keep up the great work!

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Thank you! More to come after my big website update. Keep making music!

  • Yannick Hartman
    Yannick Hartman 2 years ago +13

    I'm halfway through this video and I've already learned more than all the other video's I watched combined

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago +1

      Great! Keep learning and making music!

  • Sir Patrick of Goober
    Sir Patrick of Goober 10 months ago +2

    Clear, succinct, complete! Your coverage of muting strategies alone is priceless. Less than 20 minutes to scatter PEARLS that might otherwise take years to stumble on or good luck if you happen to have the right teacher. Utter, utter bargain of a channel! Thank you.

    • studybass
      studybass  10 months ago +1

      Thank you! I'm happy you're finding helpful stuff here. There's a lot more on www.studybass.com. The website is a learning system. I don't want anyone to think that StudyBass is a Clip-Share channel. :) I hope you check it out.
      Keep making great music!

  • GusWMusic
    GusWMusic 3 years ago +7

    I'm a cellist in dire need of a good plucking technique and this video helped me very much - thank you!

  • Arthur Raulin
    Arthur Raulin 6 months ago +1

    Well that was one great tutorial! As a long time guitar player starting bass for the first time, I've watched a few others videos on the subject, and this one is by far the clearest and most complete I stumbled on :) Thanks a lot

    • Arthur Raulin
      Arthur Raulin 6 months ago +1

      @studybass That's great stuff! I've checked some more of your videos, and seems there are a lot of very valuable content on your website :) I've own my bass for only 8 days, but I'm really having fun everyday, and already getting improvement on my plucking and muting (which, coming from the guitar, is the most difficult I feel)

    • studybass
      studybass  6 months ago +1

      Thanks, Arthur! I hope you'll check out the rest of the lessons on www.studybass.com. Keep learning and making music!

  • Rodney Malloy
    Rodney Malloy 2 years ago +1

    I am trying to re-learn something I have not done in over 25 years! I am self taught and originally, played by ear. I can't believe how many bad habits I had in the begging! But these videos are taking me in the right direction I feel. Teaching me the right way and exercising my patience with learning music. One day I will get comfortable with playing again and if I stay the course I will experience again the great joy playing music bought me in my youth!

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      That's great, Rodney! You might not realize it, but you've learned a lot over those 25 years with all of the music you've listened to. Stick to it. Be patient with yourself. Enjoy the process.

  • CarpetReviews
    CarpetReviews 2 years ago +4

    Finally a direct video. Don't have to wait 5 mins to hear 1 min of instructions. Plus I like your advice on which technique to use for muting, vs just saying "use them all"

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago +3

      Thanks! I hate fluff and always try to cut away the excess. Keep making music!

  • Elian
    Elian 2 years ago +4

    I've just bought a bass a few days ago, never played one before, and I've been watching videos on youtube with lessons, but this one helped me fix problems that none of the other ones even mentioned. Great video, thank you for everything

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Thanks! There's a lot more to learn on the website www.studybass.com. Keep learning and playing!

  • Keren Or-Paz
    Keren Or-Paz 5 months ago +3

    Thanks for the clarity, the detailed explanation and the relaxed manner of delivering it all. It seems you cover everything that can go wrong, and help with it even before it happens. Feels great to follow you. Thanks!

    • studybass
      studybass  4 months ago

      Thanks! I'm happy you're learning! You can really thank my students. After 30 years of teaching lessons I've heard just about every question there is. There are many more lessons on www.studybass.com open to all.
      Everyone talks about my calm manner. I don't really poke around youtube, but apparently everyone else is like a loud furniture salesman on TV! lol

  • Denis Aubé
    Denis Aubé 2 months ago +1

    I have been playing guitar for 30 + years and I thought playing bass would be easy... No, no, no !!! Watching your video, I discovered why I sound so bad ! You are a good teacher. Thank you so much.

    • studybass
      studybass  2 months ago

      Thanks! Doing anything well is never easy. My standing advice to guitar players coming to bass is to think of the bass as a completely different instrument. Think of it like a tuned drum rather than a guitar. Really, it's both a drum kit and guitar rolled into one. (Which is pretty awesome!) You know the guitar part, so mind the drum aspect.
      There's lots more on www.studybass.com that's not here on youtube. Good luck!

  • Alice Young Lu
    Alice Young Lu 3 years ago +4

    Oh my God, that's the video I was missing so much.
    I'm trying to learn by myself (without an amp) and I was always asking myself if I was doing right, and other bass players were telling me that anyway was fine, so I was getting frustrated. And now I see it was totally wrong and can finally continue to learn.
    Your website is amazing, love the exercises there, hope it soon will be updated.
    xx from Brazil.

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago +2

      Thank you! Being able to hear yourself is critical. You can hear the details. Keep practicing!

  • Isabel Martin
    Isabel Martin 4 years ago +20

    I like this guy. Good instruction and no fluff

  • Tim Fleming
    Tim Fleming Year ago +1

    Thank you for these videos!! I’m a beginning and they’re clear, concise and help me know exactly what I need to work on. You’re doing great work

    • studybass
      studybass  Year ago

      Thank you! I'm happy they're helping. The beginning is the worst part. Keep at it!

  • Jacob Marley
    Jacob Marley 2 years ago +2

    This is perfect. Just what I needing learning bass as a guitar player. Thanks. This should forever remain on the internet.

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Thanks, Jacob! Keep at it. Your guitar skills will help. Try to view the bass differently from guitar, though. They look similar, but frequently have a different purpose. Often the bass is more like a tuned drum than a guitar. But, it's both and that's the beauty of the bass.

  • Guitar+Bass Covers
    Guitar+Bass Covers 6 years ago +12

    Thanks for this lesson. When I started playing bass I chose the wandering thumb technique. Now I might spend some time and learn the technique where I mute the A string mit my ring finger. As you said, this seems to be more efficient.

    • studybass
      studybass  6 years ago +2

      It won't take you too long to develop the reflex. Thanks for your support!

  • Sam Spaggiari
    Sam Spaggiari 6 years ago +5

    Thanks you so much for this video and especially StudyBass! You basically taught me how to play the bass so, thank you so much!

    • studybass
      studybass  6 years ago +1

      Thanks, Sam. I'm glad it has helped. Keep on learning...

  • Manuel Núñez
    Manuel Núñez 2 years ago +1

    muchas gracias por tan buenas lecciones uwu

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      ¡De nada! Todo lo mejor para ti.

  • Dreamcyfer
    Dreamcyfer Year ago +1

    You remind me of a nicer version of my dad, he's a professional bass player among other things, but so hard and mean and demanding it crushed my desire to learn, but growing up around it I still picked up piano but had an aversion at a point, but now as adult I bought a bass a few times and this time really having fun thanks to your easy-going but straightforward instruction..Hope you grow and thrive!

    • studybass
      studybass  Year ago

      Sorry to hear about your rough start with music. I'm sure he meant well. Parents teaching their kids doesn't always go well. Keep going. Even the not fun parts are pretty fun!

  • Tina Garten
    Tina Garten 5 years ago +2

    Thank you for taking the time putting these videos out there !

  • Cold Sleep
    Cold Sleep 3 years ago +1

    Great vid, this is exactly what I needed! You're very specific and stay focused on the core of the technique, love it.

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago +1

      Thanks! Keep practicing and making music.

  • o/
    o/ 2 years ago +2

    This is the 4th video in a row I have watched on this topic. Previously I learned that I was plucking too hard. I learned that it's not my job to make the bass loud, it's the job of my amp. That's the only thing that was really clear to me. My plucking still felt uncomfortable. After watching this video, I seem to finally be feeling comfortable as I play and the subject is finally clear to me. Studybass guy, you get a like and a subscribe from me.

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Sorry for the slow reply. I've been very busy with the massive studybass.com update.
      I'm happy to hear this video clicked for you! I have a lot more good stuff on the way. Keep playing, learning and creating music!

  • RoseLyn Antonio
    RoseLyn Antonio Year ago +1

    Wow, this is so comprehensive.
    I’m a beginner and this is exactly what I need at the moment.
    Thank you.
    God bless you😀

    • studybass
      studybass  Year ago

      Great! The beginning is the hardest part. Stick to it even when things seem impossible. You will get there.

  • Yuval Ronen
    Yuval Ronen 8 months ago +1

    Excellent explanation and very well organized! You got a new subscriber

    • studybass
      studybass  8 months ago

      Welcome! There's a lot to explore on www/studybass.com, too. Keep making music!

  • Sébastien Dallaire
    Sébastien Dallaire 2 years ago +1

    Wow, clair, concis et précis. J'aime ce prof. Je suis abonné maintenant et vais le suivre fidèlement. Very easy to follow, mellow, guy and A+ techniques, just found my Bass teacher. I have been playing guitar for a few decades now but wanted to learn the Bass before I die, He'll help me get there ;-)

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Merci beaucoup, Sébastien! I suggest for guitar players to think of the bass as a *drum* more than a *guitar*. It's both really, but coming from guitar can skew your perspective. Keep practicing!

  • Arturo Meléndez
    Arturo Meléndez 2 years ago +2

    This is gold. The best technique video in the whole YT

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Thanks for the kind words, Arturo! I'm happy it helped.

  • SaxJockey
    SaxJockey 2 years ago +2

    Extraordinary good lesson, many thanks for the great work. My first bass arrived yesterday, and luckily found your video right at the start of my journey!

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago +1

      Thanks! There's a lot more on the website (www.studybass.com/) that's not on Clip-Share.
      You're going to love playing the bass. Consistent *daily* practice is the key. Keep at it!

  • Sonico
    Sonico 6 years ago +5

    I learned the ring finger muting technique going through the lessons at StudyBass, it was so well explained that it became a natural technique for me. I reckon Mr. Pouska didn't went through the wandering and floating thumb techniques on the website because they are a bit less efficient, but is awesome that he showcase them here in the video to have alternatives, awesome vid as always :D

    • studybass
      studybass  6 years ago +2

      Thanks, Mr. Mario! I'm glad you like the video. I'm working on the next one...
      The wandering thumb method was there, but you saw the glorious light of the ring finger and skipped over it. :) I did clear it up some, and I added the floating thumb part since I have so many students ask about it. Options are good.

    • Sonico
      Sonico 6 years ago +1

      Well, the website is updated now, but I remember that when I first went through that lesson, only the ring finger technique was being explained... or maybe is the only one that I payed attention to? hahahaha, aaaanyways.

  • Ivana Matić
    Ivana Matić 2 years ago +2

    This lesson is amazing. I had some questions about plucking and you answered them all.

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago +1

      That's great to hear! Thanks. Keep on playing!

  • Kyle Kinkade
    Kyle Kinkade 4 years ago +3

    Thank you for all your videos. Your a solid bassist. Respect dude

    • studybass
      studybass  4 years ago +1

      Thanks, my friend. Keep making music!

  • Jena Ardell
    Jena Ardell 2 years ago +2

    Just echoing how good of a lesson this is!! So glad I found this. Just subscribed!! THANK YOU. :)

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Thank you! I'm happy you're here. Daily practice is the key. Keep me up-to-date on your progress.

  • elmanitasdeplomo
    elmanitasdeplomo 2 years ago +2

    So much to take in! I started studybass yesterday, and have just been reading so far. I knew nothing about music but now I can name the notes on the fretboard, slowly though.

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      That's great! Welcome! Take your time and enjoy learning. It never stops. Practice daily!

  • Crow hp
    Crow hp 9 months ago +1

    Thank you so much I freaking love you!!! This video will help a lot, I'm a guitar player and just started with bass.

    • studybass
      studybass  8 months ago

      Great! Welcome to the bass. I always urge guitar players to think of the bass as a totally different instrument than the guitar. Think of the bass as a tuned drum. Of course, it does much more. But, this is a perspective guitar players often miss. It's like learning a drum kit with notes. Keep practicing!

  • Sajarabed
    Sajarabed Year ago +1

    Thank you so much, this is by far one of the best videos to understand most of right hand do's and dont's for starters. I was having problems with which technique to use when muting the A string and the G string, greetings from MX!

    • studybass
      studybass  Year ago

      Great! The muting makes a big difference. Keep at it. It will soon be a reflex.

  • Luke Maynard
    Luke Maynard 4 years ago +7

    I'm mainly a guitar player who picked up the bass about 19 years ago because that's where the work was. I still think like a guitar player, and while it's done the job, there's definitely an absolute ceiling to the skill level I can reach without proper technique like this.
    Unlearning and relearning the extreme basics is tough after old habits are deeply ingrained, but it really is the only way to progress past "mediocre." To those of you who are just starting on your bass journey, take this stuff seriously. These are excellent lessons and you'll be glad 5 or 10 years down the road that you took the time to learn properly.

    • KX5Kat
      KX5Kat 4 years ago

      Solid advice, I'm a guitarist too, picking up bass to aid in composition. Unlearning bad guitar habits was really tough, if I had another chance at learning an instrument I would've done it the slow and proper way from the start instead of relying on shortcuts.
      For guitarists, I think the left hand as where most of the bad habits are going to form. We're used to assigning 1 finger per fret, generally, while proper bass technique generally requires you to not use the 3rd finger (ring).

  • John Doe
    John Doe 2 years ago +1

    Thanks for you comprehensive exploration of each technique! I'm more of a thumb muter when it comes to the a string, but I will try out the other methods!

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Thanks. I still have a lot more to cover. Having any consistent muting strategy is the important part. Explore, though. Keep making music!

  • Flow
    Flow 2 years ago +1

    I applied some of those tips before when I was playing a traditional Chinese instrument called guqin. The plucking is mostly the same so I guess I won't start from totally no knowledge of the bass when I get it! Thanks for the very informative videos!

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago +1

      Very cool! I've never played a guqin. It looks and sounds like an incredible instrument. I love a zither. I bet the guqin will make your bass playing more sensitive and interesting. Have fun and make good music!

  • Lal Hmachhuana
    Lal Hmachhuana 2 months ago +1

    Thanks a ton for the really clear explanation of plucking techniques.

    • studybass
      studybass  2 months ago

      Thanks! I'm happy you're here learning. There's a lot more on www.studybass.com
      Keep making music!

  • Pat Gannon
    Pat Gannon 4 years ago +5

    Started biting off my fingernails as I started watching this. I usually save them for weekend football game watching. Great lesson, thanks so much! I am a good example of a single finger/pick player and I am struggling with getting my fingers going now. This was very helpful.

  • Muriloo Yamanaka
    Muriloo Yamanaka 2 years ago +4

    finally someone explained it in a way comprehensive

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago +1

      I'm happy it helped. Now...make some music...

  • Kruiden Anto
    Kruiden Anto 4 months ago +2

    Thanks so much, I'm gonna improve my (poor} skills by practise what you teach. This will help a lot

    • Kruiden Anto
      Kruiden Anto 4 months ago

      @studybass I will do that

    • studybass
      studybass  4 months ago +2

      Great! Keep me updated on your progress. Consistent, daily practice is the key!

  • HardgoreAlice
    HardgoreAlice 5 months ago +1

    Thank you! I'm a beginning bassist & was just wondering yesterday about how to plunk with two fingers & how to mute.
    You are a God send!

    • studybass
      studybass  5 months ago

      Great! I'm happy you're learning. There's a lot more to checkout on www.studybass.com . Keep me updated on your progress!

  • J.C
    J.C 4 years ago +2

    I have tried them all and floating thumb works best for many reasons. Look at his wrist when he doesn't use the floating thumb technique at the end of the video. You want to have your wrist in a neutral position as much as possible. Thanks for the video.

  • Panama Jack
    Panama Jack 3 years ago +2

    Really detailed explanation that really helped me. Thank you, you're a great teacher!

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Keep at it! The beginning is the hardest part.

  • alain PHILIPPE
    alain PHILIPPE Month ago +1

    Hi, very good and detailed video. Thanks a lot ! Bravo !

    • studybass
      studybass  28 days ago

      Thank you. Keep making music!

  • Zombie Spock
    Zombie Spock 18 days ago

    Direct, concise, and to the point. Thanks for not filling this video with more chat and less phat!

  • J Anderson
    J Anderson 7 months ago +1

    Simple, focused instruction. 👍

    • studybass
      studybass  7 months ago

      Thanks! That's always my aim. Keep making music!

  • Lunahri
    Lunahri 5 years ago +1

    Thank you so much for this lesson! You're an amazing teacher

  • Jeandré Hartman
    Jeandré Hartman Year ago +2

    You have nailed the balance between demonstrating and talking. You talk and demonstrate at the same time instead of talking for 10 minutes and then losing the viewer. Well done.

    • studybass
      studybass  Year ago +1

      Thank you! I put a lot of planning into the videos. Your time is precious and I'm not going to waste it if I can help it.

  • Ken Lambert
    Ken Lambert 3 years ago +1

    Guitarist (including classical) who bought an electric 4 string bass 5 days ago, but had Q's about right hand. Excellent info. Thanks!!!

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Thanks, Ken! Have fun with your new bass.

    WKNDR 3 years ago +6

    Best video I've seen on this topic! Very helpful

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Thanks. Go make some music!

  • Sameera De Silva
    Sameera De Silva Month ago +1

    A very good lesson , I was looking for a good tutorial , this is gonna help me a lot.

    • studybass
      studybass  28 days ago

      Thanks! There's much more on studybass.com. Keep me updated on your progress.

  • Chris Thompson
    Chris Thompson 3 years ago +1

    many thanks for the tips in this video, will implement them straight away - my hand hurts after a while on some songs we do, and I don't think i'm letting the amp do the work. cheers dude.

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Great! Learning to ease up is important. Crank the amp and find a good middle ground velocity which allows you to play both louder and softer. Don't forget to use hearing protection, too.

  • Sarah Rathbun
    Sarah Rathbun 4 years ago +1

    Great lesson! Thanks so much for posting it. :)

  • Mark L
    Mark L 4 years ago +2

    New to bass. Just found your site and I really like your methods and way of teaching. My question is what is causing other strings to sound off when not being plucked? And can that be helped by using a bridge with independent saddles?

    • Mark L
      Mark L 4 years ago

      studybass Good to know. Thanks.

    • studybass
      studybass  4 years ago +3

      Welcome! I didn't want to get too into it and over-complicate things, but one part of it is the acoustic phenomenon of sympathetic vibrations. When a vibration occurs (a pitch sounding out) it will cause other nearby objects (for example, strings) tuned to the same or similar frequencies to vibrate in sympathy. For example, if you play any note A on the fretboard of your bass, the open A-string will start vibrating without you having touched it. This occurs most with objects tuned in unison, octaves (i.e. A and A) and fifths (i.e. A and E).
      Some of this sympathetic resonance will come through the body of your bass, but a lot of it will come from the amplified sound of your bass hitting your strings just like it hits your ear drums. Bridge design won't overcome that. Sympathetic vibrations happen between instruments, too. Your bass notes can set into motion the drummer's snare drum or piano strings when the sustain pedal is pressed, etc. and vice versa. That's a big reason we have to learn to mute well. The low end can get muddy fast.
      Good luck! Stick with it. The beginning is the hardest part.

  • sserv06 Shearman
    sserv06 Shearman 3 years ago +2

    Excellent, very useful video

  • Cryptobrah
    Cryptobrah 4 years ago +4

    this is the best video i've found on the internet for right hand technique, and i've seen a bunch. thanks

  • JanFee
    JanFee 3 years ago +1

    Excellent and very useful video ! Thanks !

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Thanks. Keep making music!

  • Picco bow
    Picco bow 4 years ago

    The hardest thing for me as a beginner is the fly away right hand fingers! I’m getting over that but ugh! It takes a lot of practice.

    • studybass
      studybass  4 years ago

      You'll get there! Repetition is the mother of all learning...

  • c.arandyl
    c.arandyl 6 months ago +1

    Great tutorial, thank you!

    • studybass
      studybass  5 months ago

      You're very welcome! There is much more at www.studybass.com I hope you will check out. Keep making music!

  • Robert Yorgensen
    Robert Yorgensen 3 years ago +1

    Very well done - thanks.

  • Michael Ballard
    Michael Ballard 3 years ago +1

    Excellent instruction. Very helpful.

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Thanks, Michael! Keep up the daily practice.

  • Prince Ricker
    Prince Ricker Year ago +1

    Just came across this. Great lesson, and I want that Zon bass!

    • studybass
      studybass  Year ago

      Thanks! Yeah, the Zon is pretty awesome. Keep making music!

  • Duhhvoid
    Duhhvoid 4 years ago +7

    This is the best video i have found for muting technique and its answered so many questions for me thanks so much from a noob bass lover

    • studybass
      studybass  4 years ago +1

      I'm glad it helped. Keep learning!

  • Flo Hmaker
    Flo Hmaker 2 years ago

    i am new to bass and the moving thumb thing bothered me. i don't like it and it stopped me from practising. thank you for showing all the techniques. i'll go for #1 now. i pick up the bass more often now, because it feels right. :)

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      This is great to hear. Anything that gets you to pick up the bass more often is a good thing. It needs to become a daily habit. Keep at it!

  • Steve Folkes
    Steve Folkes 3 years ago +1

    Thanks very much for this. I have just started playing bass - just because - after decades of guitar. Many otherwise excellent videos don't address what you do here and it has been extremely frustrating - left hand no problem, right hand completely lost. Until now.

    • Steve Folkes
      Steve Folkes 3 years ago +1

      @studybass Pitched drum set - that's a very novel concept. Yes, I cleared my guitar slate by about the second day, "I don't know anything and I've never played anything." Start new, makes it fun again. Plus, I can already see it having an integrating effect when playing in a group. BTW, my 3 inch wide padded strap is on it's way. Thanks again, great lessons.

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      I'm happy this helps. On a different note, I encourage my guitar-playing students to try and view the bass as a completely different instrument from guitar. It depends on the results you want, of course, but try to view the bass as a pitched drum-set instead of just a low-pitched guitar. That point of view can dramatically change and improve your approach to learning the bass. All the best...

  • Brian Moon
    Brian Moon 3 years ago +1

    I have searched the internet and this is the first really clear and thorough explanation of muting I have seen. Well done and thank you sir!

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Well, there are no rules, but I think that would get in the way down the road. The first finger is often pretty busy as it is. I wouldn't give it more jobs when there are other fingers lazing about. The beginning is hard. Just keep working at it daily.

    • Brian Moon
      Brian Moon 3 years ago

      @studybass I will do my best! Is it too awkward to just use your left index finger to "bar" across the G, D, and A strings whenever you play a note on any of those string, thereby muting the 2 open strings?

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Great! Muting makes such a big difference. Keep making music!

  • Daniel Stewart
    Daniel Stewart 3 years ago +1

    Excellent lesson. Thanks!

    • studybass
      studybass  3 years ago

      Thanks! Keep making music!

  • Air Guitar
    Air Guitar 2 years ago +1

    Great lesson! I use floating thumb and one question I have is when I'm plucking the E string, where does my thumb go? I have tried resting it on the top of the pickup but it felt too awkward and I also don't want to be limited to where the pickups are on my bass. Should the thumb still float?

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago +1

      Sorry for the slow reply. I've been very busy with the massive studybass.com update.
      Good question. Some let it float, others rest it on a pickup or the body. (Personally I like to anchor my thumb on a pickup or string as a point of reference.) If both of those seem awkward and you want to use the floating thumb technique, I imagine one could install a rail or rest of some sort on the body. There are many hybrid possibilities. The main thing is to find what works and learn to do it consistently.

  • RB Gospel production
    RB Gospel production 6 months ago +1

    Clean and understand your teaching awesome sir thanks ❤️

    • studybass
      studybass  6 months ago

      Thank you. Keep making music!

  • Stefan E.
    Stefan E. 21 day ago +1

    Awesome. Thank you very much!

    • studybass
      studybass  19 days ago +1

      You're welcome! Keep me updated on your progress. There's a lot more on studybass.com not found here.

  • Randy Weber
    Randy Weber 3 years ago +1

    @studybass Ive tinkered on bass in the past but I recently bought a 5 string bass to get more serious. Ive always had to have a finger anchored when playing guitar so the floating thumb technique #3 doesn't work for me. I have to break an early habit of letting the end of my thumb go under the B sting when I'm not paying attention. I can do some advanced slap and double thumbping with up to 3 fingers for plucking and raking/ economy fingering when descending strings but alternate finger picking on the E and sometimes A string, my thumb goes into the habit because i position my hand between the neck and pickup. Maybe positioning directly on the face of the pickup will help. Thanks

  • Ghetelen
    Ghetelen 4 years ago +46

    "...or - god help you - more than that." Highlight of this episode.

    • WKNDR
      WKNDR 3 years ago +1

      Ghetelen that was hilarious!

  • fzzzzzzzy
    fzzzzzzzy Year ago +1

    Good lesson, man!

  • Andrei Calin
    Andrei Calin 3 years ago +3

    Min: 6:40 It's the Sound engineer's job to amplify you as much as needed for the venue.

  • Master Dshamin
    Master Dshamin 7 months ago +1

    2:39 for string tone changing

  • PervySage
    PervySage 2 years ago +1

    Thank you. It was of great help :)

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Thanks! Practice and make some great music!

  • MarloBrandon
    MarloBrandon 2 years ago

    Im a guitar player tired of using a pick, Im trying learn this techinque for guitar for my fast scale playing, Im inspired by this guitar player Matteo Mancuso who does this, I was wondering if you've seen him or could check a couple videos out and see if his technique is essentially this or if its a slightly altered for guitar, I can't tell but im guessing you could :D thanks

  • NeglectfulSausage
    NeglectfulSausage 6 months ago +1

    How do you find the right strength to pluck bass without going too hard? When I want to play faster I get a lot quieter bceause I cant play that hard that fast. if I try to play at a good moderate volume a mistake where I hit it too hard will make it seem twice as loud, which makes it seem like im not playing loud enough normally.

    • NeglectfulSausage
      NeglectfulSausage 6 months ago +1

      @studybass hey thanks so much for responding, I'll keep those tips in mind. screenshot.

    • studybass
      studybass  6 months ago

      It takes time. With consistent practice you will develop a greater sense of control. I remember long ago reading a study of amateur pianists vs professionals. The pros could accurately hit the keys at many more degrees of loudness (20? 30?) than the amateurs (7?). I don't recall the exact numbers, but you get the point.
      You want to find a middle-ground dynamic so that you can accent things louder or play quieter. If you're always at full velocity, you have nowhere to go. Most people playing fast are playing softer than you think. Turn up the amp and let it do the work. Also, plucking really hard can make you sound out-of-tune (sharp) because you are increasing the tension on the string.
      Keep at it. The beginning is the worst part.

  • Peter Kay
    Peter Kay Year ago +1

    I just want to back up all the comments here saying this is great stuff. I've played guitar for years and certainly know that playing bass is not the same as guitar with only four strings. It was a bit of a search to find useful technical lessons, most just say do this do that, but not how and with detailed demonstrations. This lesson ticks all those boxes, really great stuff👍. Excellent!

    • studybass
      studybass  Year ago

      Thanks, Peter! I'm happy they're helping. There's a lot more on www.studybass.com/ Keep practicing!

  • Angelo Morra
    Angelo Morra 5 years ago

    Thank you very much for this Important lesson. Today was my first day experience with a bass guitar... :))) Greetings from Naples.

    • studybass
      studybass  5 years ago

      You're welcome. Don't stop learning! Ciao.

  • Glen Martin
    Glen Martin 2 years ago +1

    But... which technique should I use? Just kidding! This is a very good and detailed lesson!

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Thanks! I'm happy it helped. Keep practicing and making music!

  • Axel J
    Axel J 2 years ago +1

    You're a great teacher. I just got a bass

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago +1

      Thanks! Welcome to the bass. The beginning is the worst part. Consistent daily practice is the key. Stick with it!

  • Ye Boi
    Ye Boi 3 years ago +1

    Very good lesson, thank you.

    FAMUCHOLLY 4 years ago +2

    EXCELLENT!!! Just what I needed... THANKS!!!

  • kimseniorb
    kimseniorb 5 years ago

    plucking with one finger is not a bad habit, but a very useful technique used commonly in studio work for consistency of the played part.

    • Zs Cools
      Zs Cools 4 years ago +1

      I played long time without taking any care of alternating fingers. Now i found i HAVE TO do that the right way..... but it is really hard for me to achieve. If someone told me about this earlier...............
      My plucking technique is suffering too, because i pluck too soft. I just understand : ALTERNATE FINGERS AND PLUCK NOT TOO HARD )))

    • studybass
      studybass  5 years ago +2

      No sweat. It's a good point. It's tricky to jump in the middle of a long string of lessons. Sometimes I have explained something earlier. I try to put a lot of thought into it. It's difficult to address everything for everyone without all of the possibilities being overwhelming to a beginner.

    • kimseniorb
      kimseniorb 5 years ago +1

      my bad, my bad. I was too quick to judge, you elaborated on that later in the video! sorry!

    • studybass
      studybass  5 years ago +4

      I don't think I said one can never use just one finger. It's hard to switch to two fingers if you don't develop that habit early though, and many students later struggle to play faster lines with only one. Going from two fingers to one is a breeze. One finger is the harder habit to change, thus "bad". I'm not calling it a "forbidden technique". The advice here is to give beginners a solid starting point from which they can easily transition to other possibilities down the road.
      One of the most important and influential players of all-time, James Jamerson, only used one finger. Others use three. If it makes great music, it's valid.
      Interestingly, recent software bass samples many studios use in place of a real bass player (boo) have samples of both fingers plucking each note and the software adds realism by alternating the plucks between the sounds of the two fingers.

  • David
    David 2 years ago +1

    I tried the 3 styles of plucking but the best that suits me its the floating thumb but anchoring one string down: For example, if I'm plucking the G string, my thumb rests on the D string and I pluck as usual (doing the follow through motion).
    Is this bad? Or just another way to pluck the bass?

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago +2

      Sorry. I thought I replied to this one. Well, moving your thumb to D is an unnecessary movement since the follow-through takes care of muting the D-string. I wouldn't say it's bad, but I wouldn't encourage an added movement. The advantage of floating thumb IMO is that it glides up and down not stopping on the strings. It's more elegant and efficient, and your hand retains a more consistent shape/position.

  • tumtuaresagitur
    tumtuaresagitur 2 years ago

    This is IMO such a good presentation that I'd like to translate it into my native language, Finnish. If that's possible, anyone know how to do it?

    • studybass
      studybass  2 years ago

      Send me an email through the website: www.studybass.com/feedback/