So, I just re-watched some of the Marcus Miller concert on YouTube. At one point, at the end of a ballad, Marcus is playing a cadence down the fretboard, and it HAS to end with the low D. There is a ritardando in the run down, then a short break (fermata), which he uses to tune down the E string to D, before playing that final note. However, he is not using a mechanical detuner - he just seems to know how much to turn the tuning peg… or how does he do it?? There is not enough time to mute the bass, look at a tuner, find the D that way and crank up the volume again. So, is it just experience, or is there another trick?
if the string is ringing, you can do it by ear very quickly, with some habit. I do it all the time because I alternate between standard tuning and drop-D.
if the instrument is not playing, I guess the tuner option is obvious
It could also have been going through a tuner the entire time and you just couldn’t see the tuner.
But for Miller? Probably by ear.
If I had to do something like that I would probably take some time beforehand to figure out how much I needed to detune the E, i.e. an 1/8th turn, a quarter turn or whatever then practice building muscle memory for that movement. Luckily though, I’m not Markus Miller so I don’t have to worry about it.
Yeah, I think that is probably how he did it, @Korrigan! Thanks!
Yeah, muscle memory + ear. Victor Wooten does a lot of live tuning stuff, sometimes just for practical reasons, but he also does it as an effect in some of his solos.
In what lesson do you teach us how do whatever it was Mr. Wooten was doing starting at 3.50?
Those are secret bonus lessons that only get available for students who adequately finish the slap bass lessons (i.e., none )
Ha, that IS the lesson video!