Jaco Pastorius Bass Techniques

This bass tutorial is all about the incredible bass techniques of one of the greatest bass players of all time: Jaco Pastorius.

These techniques include:

  1. Fast alternate plucking
  2. Raking
  3. Rolling
  4. Hand shifts
  5. Ghost notes
  6. Articulations

I'll also show you how to take the five bass lines from the lesson (they're in the style of Jaco) and create some of your own fills and lines.

Scroll down for the free PDF and backing track.

Jaco Pastorius Bass Lines

These five bass lines are in the style of Jaco Pastorius. Download the PDF and the backing track but be sure to start slowly and piece together the lines in your own time.


If you don't know much about Jaco Pastorius, you should check his playing out. Even if you're not into jazz and fusion, there's so much to learn from and be inspired by!

Here are a couple more lessons:

Jaco Pastorius - Bass Lessons From "Black Market"

Jaco Pastorius – Player Profile

Bass Guitar Lesson – How To Play The Chicken (Jaco Pastorius/Pee Wee Ellis)


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