Do you know the exact pressure needed with your fretting hand to play faster on the bass?
Learn how in this bass lesson.
Want to play faster on the bass?
I often see bass players squeeze their fretboard with a death grip.
But, if you want to play faster on the bass, a light touch with your fretting hand is the secret.
In this bass lesson video, I’ll show you how to figure out the exact pressure your fretting hand needs to apply.
The exact pressure you will need will be different from bass to bass. So, explore this approach on whatever bass you get your hands on.
How to find the sweet spot on any bass
When you find the sweet spot on a bass, your fingers will glide, allowing you to play faster.
- Start out by fretting a note.
- Pluck the note.
- As you pluck the note, ease up on your fretting with each pluck. At some point you will end up with a dead muted note. A dead muted note means that there is not enough pressure on the bass string.
- Now increase your fretting hand pressure until you reach the point that a note is sounding. This is the smallest pressure required to sound out a note. This is the sweet spot. Take note of that. You don’t need to press down on the bass string any harder to get a sound. Pressing harder won’t make the sound any better.
- It helps to place your fretting finger either above or right behind the fret. Less energy needed to press down on the string. If place your finger between frets, fright in the middle, you’ll notice that the note can waive in pitch. The distance from the fret to the fingerboard is enough to make the string stretch a tiny bit. So, having your fingers as close to the fret as possible prevents that.
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