Posted by zonker on January 22, 2002 at 09:06:34:
In Reply to: Re: Jaco Pastorius??????? posted by El Pájaro on May 31, 2000 at 07:04:55:
: : : How does this man do it???? does he do a lot of hammering on and pull offs??? does he use three finger technique... And if anyone has any tips on how to get that kind of speed with your left hand, it would be appreaciated...
: : >> He sold his soul to the devil!!!...All joking aside, Jaco was
: : given a gift. He had it in the genetic code..A lot of HARD work
: : and practice got him there too, as there's no substitute for that,
: : period..He also had large hands and long fingers, along with
: : "double jointed" thumbs which he could bend and 90 degree angles..
: : Weird...Yeah, he uses hammer ons and pull offs, but only used two
: : fingers on his right hand..If you want to see a more intimate
: : portrait of the man and his playing, I highly suggest his
: : "Modern Electric Bass" video. I also recommend the Milkowski
: : biography...Great book about this highly talented but troubled
: : individual....God, I miss that guy...He died WAY too soon..
: : Cheers,
: : Pat H
: Hi there guys,
: Have to agree with Pat H. here ...once again! I would like to add, also, the fact that Jaco started as a drummer all the way back in Florida, and came to the bass more or less by accident, after some kind of injury that wouldn't let him play any drums after that.
: Do you believe in accidents? I like to believe this had a lot to do with fate. The man was obviously chosen by a higher will to make THE ultimate statement on electric fretless bass.
: Jaco´s drive and determination were important, though. Early on, Jaco was pretty much determinated to search HIS own sound, wich led him to try new note choices, rip out the frets of his Fender Jazz, etc. His stints with Tommy Strand & the Upper Hand and Wayne Cochrane & the C.C. Riders were pivotal to the development of his style, too.
: Oh, man, I can go on for days mentioning all the things he did that were so important for the music and for the bass in particular ...let's just say he died a definitely untimely death, and all of us miss him so much!!
: El Pájaro
I would have to say that the best way to do it is to start out playing all kinds of scales at a slow, steady speed. Then when you're ready, double it. Then double it again. Eventually you will have built up the speed and strength do do that stuff. Another way is to set down with a metronome and play scales at a medium setting. When you are playing all of your scales perfectly at that setting, bump it up a notch or two, and over the course of a few months, you willl begin to notice an increase in your ability to play fast runs and 16th note hammers and pull-offs. It's all in the scales.
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