3 Beginner Bass Riffs (You Can’t F*** Up)

Looks like Jah Wobble isn’t on their latest album (2018!), no idea if he’s touring with them, that would be great though.

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Yeah, Idk for sure

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Let me try, I’m sure I can make a total mess of them, lol.

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Haha, quite a few people in the Youtube comments have claimed they successfully made a mess. :stuck_out_tongue:

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Hey Josh,
You must have been watching my Bass covers​:joy: and that has swayed you towards the fenders​:rofl::joy:
Cheers Brian

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Looked at the tabs and taught myself… Then went back and watched the vids and picked up a new trick lol. I have a different technique (relying on my plucking hand) for the short notes, but I’ll start practicing your way (fret hand releasing pressure to prevent it ringing). Forgot how much I enjoy watching your vids!

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Yeah, the fretting hand muting is a lot more versatile than the plucking hand muting, so it’s worth exploring. I talk about that in this video too -

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Is there a way to avoid the fret buzz when muting with the fretting finger? For me it’s most noticeable on the A string around the 5th fret (most of Bad Moon Rising for example). It gets a bit better if I lift faster, but still very noticeable.

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This takes practice. When you lift the finger, it’s actually a two-stage process - release the fretting pressure but leave your finger sitting on the string to kill the vibrations for a moment, and then lift the finger.

This works for 80% of the frets. On frets where there is a natural harmonic, this will sometimes ring the harmonic. In that case, you then slide your finger a little into the next fret.

Or just let the harmonic ring. Harmonics are cool.

With practice you’ll get faster and smoother until it is second nature. It takes quite a while. Like, I don’t think anyone ever becomes perfect at it, at least not for a long time.

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I’m talking about the fret buzz, not the harmonic

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So am I :slight_smile:

You lift the finger fast, and then hold the finger there a moment to kill the remaining string vibration.

Omitting either step causes problems. Lift the finger too slow, fret buzz. Miss pausing holding the finger there, and you mute poorly because you just kind of did a pull-off because you lifted fast.

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Oh ok. Well that’s what I’ve been doing, but as I said I can’t get rid of the buzz no matter how fast I lift. Guess then maybe I’m still not fast enough.

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Another thing I have noticed is the buzz part is worse if I have been fretting too hard. Not sure if that’s correlation or causation though.

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@akos Have you had a setup done on your bass? If not, that could add to having trouble in only one area of the fretboard.

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Ah, that fight against those rattling strings :sweat_smile:
I’m in it especially for the low string low fret notes, but it’s a good reminder I have to improve my fretting… and low action isn’t very helpful either :laughing:

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Also, I wonder. Is the buzzing you are getting coming thru the amp? or is it just something you hear from the string and neck / fret itself?

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Yes it’s audible on recordings as well

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Just checking. I run low action, and I get buzz sometimes that does not get picked up by the amp or the DAW, so I thought maybe you just here it since you are close to the sound source, but if it is picked up, then you are on the right track trying to figure it out.

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