4 tips (Re: developping personal sound)

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Posted by Jim on November 24, 2001 at 22:00:05:

In Reply to: developping personal sound posted by Ben ( Paris) on November 23, 2001 at 03:32:42:

4 tips:

-Practice arco on open strings. Play long, slow notes and use a mirror. Fill the room with your lovely big sound!

-Practice pizz on open strings and make the notes as big and legato as possible. Start with whole notes. Dig in (at the end of the fingerboard) but make sure you get on and off the string as quickly as possible. All finger movement should be a blur.
BTW, if you want a Pediford sound, use just your index finger (more side than tip) as much as possible. Watch the way guys like Ray Brown get great sound and speed with just one finger even during their solos) (Check out his "lesson" video)

-Transcribe bass lines and play with the recording until you sound EXACTLY like the bassist on the record.

-And last but not least, get a bass that rattles the windows and a competent luthier to set it up. Insist that there's only 1/2 string width scoop (maximum)in the fingerboard under each string, and get the nut adjusted so that a business card is tight under the string at the nut (bit more under the E string).

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