#1
So, I was learning this awesome bassline to red hot chili pepper's so much i on their stadium arcadium album (look it up on youtube). Specifically, it is the bassline to the verse/intro of the song. Now it is a very fast bassline and involves a lot of fast string skipping on the bass. And I don't know about you, but when I pluck the strings, I let my finger fall back on the string behind it. This causes my fingers to slip up and mess up a lot on this bassline during the song. So, then I tried to just pluck the strings without my finger falling back on the next string. But, if I play it this way it sounds too staccato because the note doesn't sustain long enough it seems like. If anyone understands what I am talking about, do you have any suggestions or is it all just practice?
#2
I know what you mean. It's pretty difficult at first, I had the same problem, but after some practice, it's not too hard, but it did take me a while to get it down perfect, and sometimes I still mess up.
Practice is really all thats gonna help!
#3
So do you let your finger fall back on the next string when you play the riff or do you just pluck them without doing that?
#4
Yea, my finger comes back and hits the next finger each time. Do you use two fingers or just one? I would hope two!
In which case, you'll just need to build up the speed.
#5
Two definetly and I'm pretty decent with speed but I think the fast string skipping confuses my fingers a little bit!
#7
yeah even i have that problem, but if you practise it slowly it gets a bit easier it just takes heaps of practise
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#8
Play slowly, build up muscle memory and then gradually speed up. String skipping can be a pain. If you want more practise at it, try the intro riff to Bombtrack by RATM. IT still catches me out every so often.
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#9
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Play slowly, build up muscle memory and then gradually speed up.


This sounds lame, but listen to the guy. I had the same problem solved it by practicing slowly, and I mean REALLY SLOWLY. If a song has a tempo let us say 120 go down to 40 or 50.
#10
Correct. Play it slowly, then build up speed.
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#11
youtube people doing covers of the song and see how they do it.
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#12
Yeah, I think I'm gonna take everyone's advice and break out the old metronome until I play it at normal speeds.