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Posted by El Pájaro on April 05, 2000 at 17:31:30:

In Reply to: Re: Raking??? Yes or no?? posted by Steve DePra on April 04, 2000 at 12:55:37:

: : : Check this out fingerstyle bassers, I have a question for all of you..

: : : Do you think raking your fingers (when you're crossing strings), coming say, from the G string to the A string is a bad idea?? What if its just plain easier to use just one finger to hit the notes rather than awkwardly alternating???? Thoughts???

: : : Thanks all
: : : Brock

: : Well I actually think it IS a bad idea. While raking may give you a deceptive feel of easiness when going from one string to the next, I think that feel will quickly disappear when you try complex, challenging lines with a lot of string skipping (like Jaco's "Teentown"). While I'm still working at it, I'd strongly recommend sticking to alternate fingering when crossing strings. Yes, it takes a long time, and, yes, it can become painfully boring, but it is definitely worth it down the line. Not only will you be able to grasp harder bass lines, but you will also gain a lot of consistency in your tone. If you're interested, nex time I'll tell you which exercises I do to improve my alternate fingering.
: : Buena suerte and keep that bass up front in the mix.

: There is no other way to "rake" except with one finger. It is a technique that cannot be done with alternating two fingers otherwise it would make a completely different sounding effect than was originally intended and thus would have to be named something other than raking.Raking always comes from high to low strings.

You're right, Steve. Raking is actually no other thing than coming from a higher stting to a lower string with the same finger. However, the example posed by Brock the first time around concerned going from the G string to the A string, which would involve some string skipping. Anyway, string skipping or not, I just believe alternate fingering works best in any situation, as it will give you a more consistent tone and a better command of the instrument overall, especially in hard passages. Different opinions, anyone? Welcome aboard!!
Buena suerte and keep your basses up front in the mix!!
El Pájaro



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