Rock Bass Harmonics – Demonstration and Tutorial

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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 Technique

Right 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.

Left Hand:

  • 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!

Have fun!


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Elictro said,

August 16, 2011 @ 1:52 am

Really nice dude, very nice inspiration for my band debute on calm songs. Thank you very much, always nice to see something like this

Nate Perry said,

July 29, 2011 @ 2:15 am

Thanks, glad you liked it. Yeah, it is possible to get pretty deep into the rock side of things. More to come.

soporific said,

July 28, 2011 @ 5:17 pm

Thnx man! Like your sound and nice to see some rock-orientated stuff outhere.

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