#1
Just starting to learn bass. Since I don't have a bass guitar yet I am just practising my right hand finger technique using only the E, A, D and G strings on my acoustic guitar (sue me).
My main inspiration is Steve Harris.

Here are my questions........

1. How many fingers does Steve Harris use? I heard he uses only 2, but I don't see how that's possible or at least easy to do with only 2. :p

2. Any easy bass exercises? I am having trouble with my picking hand when it comes to alternate strings.

3. Any other bassy information you can give. lol


P.S: I am a "Advanced" level guitarist, or so they say.


Thanks,
#2
The first thing to do is practise scales that you know from guitar, because the stretch on a bass guitar is much bigger.

I don't know how many things Steve Harris uses, but I believe it's advisable to use all four for fast bass runs. Personally, I reckon three fingers is enough, same as fingerpicking on a guitar.
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#3
Steve Harris uses two fingers. Not that I see how this is relevant, since you should do what feels right for you.
#4
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Steve Harris uses two fingers. Not that I see how this is relevant, since you should do what feels right for you.


I know, 2 fingers feel right for me too, but then again I might have to use 3.


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The first thing to do is practise scales that you know from guitar, because the stretch on a bass guitar is much bigger.


Alright, but like I said..... I don't have a bass.
So am just focusing on the picking hand technique.
#6
I would disagree with you delirium. whole I agre that it doesn't help with the actual right hand technique, it does help by just getting used to how the right hand works for a bass player. if that made any sense. like your form will be off, but you will have a better understanding of how to actually do it.
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#9
I have to side with Deliriumbassist on this right hand practice thing. The difference between an acoustic guitar and an electric bass is pretty immense, you'll gain no valuable, comparable motor skills by practicing your right hand guitar technique on a bass.

Steve Harris uses two fingers and it is most definitely possible to play Iron Maiden's trademark chug rhythm with two fingers. It's pretty easy, actually; once you learn one song you have the basis down for pretty much all of them!

The best bass exercise you can do right now is to go out and buy a bass. Being a good guitarist will certainly give you a head start over beginners, just like a being a good bassist would if you wanted to learn guitar, but the traits and techniques exclusive to bass are the ones you'll need to work on. It is impossible to work on those without a bass.