It's surprising just how many sounds you can coax out of a bass guitar. This video shows a few things that can be done with the more common techniques. I change basses and use different effects and amps here and there and I'll do a lesson on that another time.
The most common way to play bass is with your index and middle fingers. Using a plectrum is probably the second most popular technique. It is my firm belief that you should expose yourself to as many different ways of playing the bass as you can because then you have more ways to express yourself. It shouldn't be about plectrum vs. fingerstyle. Why not learn as much as you can and be as skilled as you can be!
Here's a full list of the techniques in this video:
- Palm Mute
- Fretting Hand Mute
- Plectrum (Rock)
- Plectrum (Funk)
- Plectrum (Fingers)
- Natural Harmonics
- Artificial Harmonics
- Tapped Harmonics
- Hammer Ons
- Pull Offs
- The Shake
The video is more of a demo but the lessons below go into a bit more detail...
Hammer Ons, Pull Offs, Ghost Notes, String Bends, Slides And Vibrato
How To Get Different Tones On A Bass Guitar Using Just Your Hands
Using Harmonics On The Bass Guitar