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It's not possible to explain in one page the technique of
For this reason who just started to play, I would like for you to consider the book
"Funk Bass" of
Jon Lieberman that starts from the beginning studies to difficult pattern with the help of the included CD.
As alternative, you can consider the book "Thumb
Basics" of Jonas
The pattern I'm going to write are examples from the nice book of Lorenzo Forti
Bčrben), where I've changed some fingering of the right hand and I included some
The exercise starts playing using
the forefinger that pull D string and the middle finger for the
G string, while the thumb hits A and E string.
In this way you'll have a good
"groove" , full of sound with many dead notes and you can alternate your movements and to play the strings in different way so you
don't hit two times in the same way and don't have just 2 or 3 alternate percussions
(you can play until 5 and over : T, H, T, P(i), P(m)….).
In this way the performance will be faster and your hand relaxed.
As always, start playing all the exercises slowly, looking all your movements and using
The number above the pattern is the original number. I hope you'll enjoy
them; in that case, I'll be ready to write more examples. (they are 50 …).
T: Thumb (hit with right thumb)
P(i): Pop (to pull with the forefinger D string)
P: Pop (to pull with middle finger the G-string)
H: Hammer-on (to hit with one finger of left hand)
The letter X instead notes stands for dead note, stopped string.
The roman number under the pentagram stands for the string.
Esercizio n° 1
Esercizio n° 3
Esercizio n° 13
Esercizio n° 14
Esercizio n° 19
Esercizio n° 40
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