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Rock Bass Harmonics – Demonstration and Tutorial
Playbassnow.com proudly presents a lesson from: Nate Perry
Add to favorites Nate Perry demonstrates how to utilize natural harmonics to expand the depth and color of modern rock bass lines. Right hand picking, left hand technique and stylistic/tonal aspects are discussed.
Piece is in 6/8 w/the following implied chords: C5add9, Dmaj7
Tips on TechniqueRight Hand:
Playing this style with a pick allows for a more aggressive, bright and precise attack than playing with fingers. Plucking the harmonics back closer to the bridge enables the harmonics to ring out more easily. Work on alternating up and downstrokes with the pick until you settle into a comfortable pattern and pluck harmonics hard enough to make them ring out.
Practice a curled, one-finger-per-fret left hand technique using your thumb as a pivot point in the center of the neck.
Curled fingers and fretting with finger tips as opposed to collapsing the hand will allow for the harmonics to ring out and sustain above the line.
Begin by plucking the natural harmonics that occur above the 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th and 12th frets until you find the optimum place on the neck where they ring the clearest (every bass is different). Once you are comfortable with making the harmonics happen, work on making them sustain above a root oriented bass line/progression. Direct message me for more questions and tips!