Re: Meshing

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Posted by Deman on September 15, 2000 at 00:11:37:

In Reply to: Meshing posted by Nathan on September 12, 2000 at 20:08:48:

: I'm just beginning bass and when I try to play my bass fast, like one note after the other, the notes all mesh together to form one, annoying sound...I'm wondering if I'm doing something wrong and there's a teqchnique I don't know about or if there's something wrong with the amp or something...thanks for you help.

: Nathan

Hey...I had this same problem when I first started learning. If I'm reading your post correctly, it sounds very much like you have not mastered the technique of muting the string you just played and then moving on to another...This leads to both of those notes being played at the same time, which ends up sounding very muddy and well, as you put it, annoying. The first thing I would ask is what kind of right hand technique do you use? If you fingerpick, the technique you need to learn is how to walk your fingers on your right hand up onto the string below(always looking at the bass from playes point of view, E being lowest, G highest) the one you are playing (unless you are on the E) and letting the left hand mute any strings above the one you are playing. This isn't something to be mastered in a day, but it does come, and will soon become completely natural. If you are using a pick, it is the same for the left hand, but now your palm mutes the strings instead of your fingers. I am not a great picker...maybe someone else can help you out in that area if that is your poison of choice. I also can see problems if you are thumb picking, but, as I can barely do that myself, I'll leave that particular brand of poison to the masters...if you need more help, we're always here...feel free to e-mail me...That's what I say...
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