#1
I believe I have come up with a new techniques for playing bass. I like to call it flicking. Where you literally flick, at the most, 2 strings with your finger. It produces a very good harmonic balance if played right. It works out excellent if you are playing along side an acoustic or electric guitar. Flicking gives the bass "a tie" to the aoustic or electric guitar that you don't normally hear in music. I should have some examples posted on my profile page within the week to give you an idea of what it sounds like. I still have to finish writing a few more to give a full scale of the sound and the possibilities that comes with it. Its also very easy to switch the technique from flicking to tapping, slapping, fingering, and a few others and back again. Well let me know what you think about my new found technique. hope to hear from you all...
#2
I'm sure John Entwhistle was doing something like this a long, long time ago.
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#5
Yeah, it's just like a variation on flameco, apart from more aggressive. I've been using the same technique to bring out the high harmonics for a far while.

Why do so many people come in and 'discover' techniques? A guitarist who thought he had discovered pinch harmonics, a bassist about regular harmonics.
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#6
I have been playing the bass with my ball sack lately. It produces a good harmonic balance if played correctly. It gives a good *thump thump* to a nice walking bass line. It ALSO sounds good alongside an acoustic or electric guitar. It produces a sound you don't really hear in music. I recommend shaving before attempting this technique.
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I have been playing the bass with my ball sack lately. It produces a good harmonic balance if played correctly. It gives a good *thump thump* to a nice walking bass line. It ALSO sounds good alongside an acoustic or electric guitar. It produces a sound you don't really hear in music. I recommend shaving before attempting this technique.


*reported* for spam. Sorry kid, that was just stupid, and mocking.

I think it's great that people feel they've discovered a technique. In that way, it'll inspire a person to delve into different areas and produce a unique style.

Now if only I invented the funk fingers...
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I have been playing the bass with my ball sack lately. It produces a good harmonic balance if played correctly. It gives a good *thump thump* to a nice walking bass line. It ALSO sounds good alongside an acoustic or electric guitar. It produces a sound you don't really hear in music. I recommend shaving before attempting this technique.


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Wouldn't flicking be difficult to play on anything faster than a quarter note since you'd have to get your fingers 'behind' the string to get it to work correctly?
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#11
i think this is all to avante-garde for y'all, you probably wouldn't understand

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...geez, i've made an NSG reference twice today, with pretty much the same line... i must stop!

to be on topic, this technique does sound interesting, though i agree with theFitz, it would be slow, unless you could figure out how to do 'alternate flicking'... ooh, that rhymes with picking!
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#12
I think you'd be better trying the normal flamenco technique. It could get a similar tone (though less aggressive) in order to have greater dexterity when playing.
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#13
you didn't make it up i use that technique all the time
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Wouldn't flicking be difficult to play on anything faster than a quarter note since you'd have to get your fingers 'behind' the string to get it to work correctly?



evidently for my version, it can be played as fast you can move you fingers. The break down of it is that you give the music a constant bass sound in the background with either a higher or lower note in the foreground. I'm not saying that i'm the best bassist around but I'll try to put a series of examples together. To further my knowledge with this everyone can listen to it and let me know what they think.
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Wouldn't flicking be difficult to play on anything faster than a quarter note since you'd have to get your fingers 'behind' the string to get it to work correctly?


In flamenco, you bring your fingers back up. So the "flicking" of the fingers is in a strumming motion. Thus you could play 16ths if needs be.

This guy sounds like he's describing flamenco. str8silver2003, see if you can post a little video or something.