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Ben H / Bass 'sustain' Technique

Ben Hazu (67) · [archive]
Style: Theory/Reference · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 90
Pages: 1 2

>Play the 1st sequence then the 2nd, and listen to the difference<

This technique I discovered while playing Light my fire and smells like teens spirit on my bass. I call this technique 'the sustain/Ben H technique'. The idea behind this is to give the effect to a 4string bass that will make if sound like a 8-string bass!

To do this you should have good experience in holding down your fingers on the bass strings.

1st off choose an appropriate riff that involes alot of changing between strings. Some riffs include; Light my Fire, Smells like teens spirit.

Now play the 1st note of the riff on the appropriate string, with your FIRST FINGER, and HOLD IT DOWN! You will notice that the note rings. While the note is ringing move to the next note which should be on another string, and play it with your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th finger.

If you like to can continue to hold down more notes (it gives more effect). It is difficult at first becuase you have to sort of change your timing a little bit. But keep practicing it and you will soon be able to do it with all 4 fingers! It sounds really cool!

Note: This technique is possible with a normal guitar (not bass) but sounds no different to a chord. If you play guitar, just stick to the chords. The reason for this technique is to compensate for chords on a bass guitar.
Ben H / Bass 'sustain' Technique