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String skipping can be one of the most awkward and challenging moves to master with your plucking hand. And, a groove like this will be quick to highlight any technique issues you have that need to be focused on and cleaned up.
I created this groove lesson for that exact reason. You need to be asking yourself questions such as…
…Am I muting correctly?
…Am I anchoring my thumb or using the floating thumb technique?
…Am I using alternate plucking or the raking technique?
…Am I using rest strokes or free strokes?
Your plucking hand is as important as your fretting hand. Too many bass players concentrate solely on their fretting hand; Scales, arpeggios, pentatonics etc. Make sure you’re not one of them, as it will hold back your progress as a bass player in a big way.
Now grab you’re bass and get in the shed!
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A bit about me…
I’ve performed, recorded, shared taxis, vans, planes and boats with players such as, Georgie Fame, Adrian Ingram, Martin Simpson, Dennis Rollins, Gary Boyle, Neil Brocklebank, The Drifters, The Four Tops, The Nolans, Marisa Turner (Prince, Chaka Kahn), Peter Grant (top 5 jazz artist), Spyro Gyra, Ogie Alcasid, Vina Morales and has performed at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express (London Soho), The 606 Club, The Vortex, Dubai International Jazz festival and Montreal grand prix.
I’ve also studied with an amazing host of world class musicians including Skuli Sverrisson (Allan Holdsworth), Jeff Andrews, Ralph Alessi, Ravi Coltrane, Brad Shepik, Adam Rogers, and Gary Willis.