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Birds...Lands... and Jaco!

Post  Rushfan30 on Fri Jun 11, 2010 7:30 pm

Hey there, I've been listening to A LOT of Weather Report and Jaco lately. Thought I'd share some of their stuff in case nobody has heard of them.



Also, if anyone knows how to the high pitched thing Jaco does in the beginning a tip on how to do them would awesome. Are they pinch harmonics?



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Post  Knackebrod on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:14 pm

Really talented band. Not really my style though and yes those are pinch harmonics. Try raising the volume of your bridge pickup and pluck the string while letting your thumb lightly touch it, make sure to move it away afterwards or you'll mute the note. Try to find the "sweet spot" for each note and just mess around with it. Theres probably a video tutorial with an explanation thats way better than mine.

Good luck!

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Post  turboscrew on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:18 pm

Don't know about the playing, but you have good taste.
Birdland by Weather Report is one of my favorites too...

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Post  SuperMaximo93 on Fri Jun 11, 2010 8:37 pm

Great stuff! cheers

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Post  Bass Mon on Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:10 am

I love birdland. I just wish I could play it.

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Post  Spoon on Sat Jun 12, 2010 4:14 pm

Birdland is great, I don't really like the others.

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Post  Rushfan30 on Sat Jun 12, 2010 11:53 pm

I found a video that shows how to do artificial harmonics or pinch harmonics. I watched a couple others, but this particular video seemed to be one of the better ones out there.


He does the Birdland Intro around 8:00, and after he uses the harmonics to make some pretty groovin' riff, check it out!

Oh, thanks Knackebrod for answering my question this video pretty much just allows me to see what you told me. Very Happy

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Post  uglymutt on Sun Jun 13, 2010 4:38 am

Birdland is such a sick song.
POT is nice as well.
^love that guys face when he's playing his riff after the 8 minute mark Smile

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Post  SuperMaximo93 on Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:45 am

Nice video you found! I'm gonna be trying to play artificial harmonics all day now Razz

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Post  Bass Mon on Sun Jun 13, 2010 12:54 pm

SuperMaximo93 wrote:Nice video you found! I'm gonna be trying to play artificial harmonics all day now Razz
same here

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Post  mts on Fri Dec 24, 2010 6:18 pm

That was really good video. I have seen Billy Sheehan doing stuff like that but never really understand how that stuff works with bass.
Must learn!

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Post  Pastichio on Fri Dec 24, 2010 9:41 pm

mts wrote:That was really good video. I have seen Billy Sheehan doing stuff like that but never really understand how that stuff works with bass.
Must learn!

I love how Billy Sheehan does pinch harmonics during solos and such. The man is a machine. The trick to them is to let your middle finger grow a little bit of extra nail (if you keep them short), then use your nail to pick the note while holding your index and thumb together to dampen the note. Kind of hard to explain how I do actually. It works real nice through a loud amp with some sort of overdrive or distortion.
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