L316 C# blues lick

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YouTube Preview ImageExploring the possiblities of using the open strings more – initially inspired by playing the upright bass, where open string position playing is a necessity.
Traditionally open strings are mostly used when playing in keys like E, A, D, G, C, F etc but can be really useful in other more “hard” keys – like Bb , Ab, Eb, Db etc. Recently Ive begun to use more chromatic passing notes in my playing, so that concept help me discover the “hidden gems” in incorporating the open strings.
In retrospect I can see now that it was what James Jamerson did a lot – the Motown hits was often in flat keys (Bb, Ab, Db etc) and since he came from an upright background it was a natural thing to do for him.
But, he played mostly everything in first or second position (below 5th fret), where Im trying to discover the possibilties further up the neck too.

Im using the right hand 3 finger picking technique – in this case Thumb, middle and ring finger (my index is recovering from a scratch), butthe lick can be played with standard two finger technique too.

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Sorry for the numbering confusion, the video title says L315 but this IS L316

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MarloweDK said,


March 10, 2011 @ 11:49 pm

Yes , its a Fbass VF5


TheAlex123454321 said,


March 10, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

What bass guitar did you used in this video??
Is it an new one ?


soporific said,


March 5, 2011 @ 11:02 am

Thnx man!


MarloweDK said,


March 5, 2011 @ 2:05 am

sopoforic: Yes Im sure, Ive had this condition for a week now, and after the first couple of days of not being able to play anything its – “Hey, I could get used to this!”


soporific said,


March 4, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

Hi marlowe
Since one year I’m not able to play standard 2finger technique with index-middle. Don’t know what the hell is wrong, but they just don’t seem to get along anymore (some sort of spasm reaction of the middle). Now I’m practising a lot with index-ring and middle-ring. Do you think it’s possible to reach the same level of regularity and speed using these combinations?
Good luck with the scratched finger!
rgrds kors


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