Re: Just a thought...

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Posted by Pat Harrington on June 29, 2000 at 10:12:04:

In Reply to: Just a thought... posted by Brock on June 29, 2000 at 02:22:47:

: You know, many times we get stuck and don't know what to play. The bass has hidden sounds that you may have never thought you could get out of it. Lately after getting stuck, i don't want to stop playing, and so i've been messing around with harmonics by just tapping the actual metal frets in the upper registers of the bass...i've come up with some tunes (many very exotic and strange) out of doing that and DDAAMMNNNNNN boys, i'm gettin some cool ideas...just thought i'd share that with all of you
: Don't let your ruts get the best of you :)

: Brock

Hey Brock...Good to know you've been experimenting with those new sounds..
It's always cool to find new stuff on the fretboard..If you want to take
it a step further, check out Jaco's first self-titled album, and a song
called "Portrait of Tracy"..It's done pretty much all in harmonics and
harmonic chords. No wonder why so many people were blown away when they
heard this piece for the first time..Another interesting thing Jaco did
with harmonics are "false harmonics" Where he lays his right thumb gently
on say the "G" string over the imaginary 24th fret on his Jazz Bass and
plucks with his fingers slightly behind it. This technique can be heard
on the intro to "Birdland" which is the first cut on Weather Report's
"Heavy Weather" album. I lot of people I play that cut for refuse to
believe its Jaco playing that line on bass, but it is!!! Just goes to
show you what experimenting with your intstrument can do!!..


Pat H

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