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How to pluck a bass guitar

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Published on Jun 22, 2010

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Plucking
The term "Plucking" is often used to describe the action of the fingers on your other hand as they "Pluck" each string in order to create a sound. While some bassist may use a Pick to play the strings, the most common form of bass playing is done with the fingers directly. While there are certainly much more advanced plucking techniques to be learned in the future, here is a basic description of how to start plucking the bass strings.

Hold you plucking hand limply over the strings with your palm towards the instrument.
Place your thumb on the side of the Pickup that is closest to the neck. Your thumb will work as an anchor while your other fingers pluck the strings.
Take your index finger and let it roll over the top of the E string, pulling it slightly towards you as you let go of the string. Repeat this a few times until your plucking motion is smooth and the note rings out true.
Repeat this exercise using your middle finger to pluck the A string. While you can use any of your fingers (except your thumb) to pluck the strings, you will primarily be using your index and middle fingers for this purpose.
Try alternating between using your index finger to pluck the E string and your middle finger to pluck the A string. Don't try to go too fast. Just try to make it sound as clean as possible.

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