How To Play Funky Ghost Note Basslines

2019-01-09T15:07:02+00:00May 3rd, 2014|Categories: Bass Guitar Technique|16 Comments

This lesson deals with how to incorporate muted ghost notes into your fingerstyle funk playing.

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  1. John W Lazaruk May 3, 2014 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    excellent lesson…..

  2. Shay Levy May 5, 2014 at 10:17 am - Reply

    Hi Mark

    First, I want to thank you for all the hard work you put into these videos, you’re a walking (talking) treasure!
    I’m taking my first steps on the Bass and your stuff is the main resource for my learning.

    I found that there’s one thing missing in the video, that I couldn’t hear when I followed the video.
    After each full note pluck (not ghost notes) there’s a slap sound.
    At first I thought it was made by the left hand when you mute the strings, but after a while
    I figured that it is actually made by the fingers of the picking hand.

    After resolving this I was able to play exactly as shown.

    Thanks again, you ROCK!!

    • homroy May 7, 2014 at 3:54 am - Reply

      Very good lesson

    • admin May 7, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

      Yeah, I spotted it while I was editing the video. That’s mainly because of the lack of drums. I subconsciously hit the strings to give that heavy snare emphasis. You certainly don’t need to be putting that hit in there. But you can if you want.

      • Shay Levy May 8, 2014 at 8:50 am - Reply

        Good to know, anyhow, I’ll practice both ways 🙂

  3. Anindya May 8, 2014 at 8:51 am - Reply

    But i love this heavy snare emphasis..actually 4 a while m trying to learn this thing..but fortunately i found it here..thnxz for this lesson..plz upload a lesson on using staccato note..

  4. Chris May 18, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Nice lesson!
    If I could express some constructive criticism. I think you should adjust your string height on that Ibanez. You’ve got massive buzzing on almost every long note. Now, I don’t want to start any brand bashing, but your older tutorials with the Fender didn’t have that buzzing.

  5. Mark Barletta February 19, 2015 at 2:13 am - Reply

    Mark this particular lesson helped me very much with ghost notes,,, I had to slow everything down I’m was so eager to play. First I finger in the notes of what you show us to make sure I have it down correctly then I add in the ghost notes. It depends where I’m at when I find it hard to slip in the ghost notes, usually when changing ,not notes on the same string ,,, but I’m getting there.

    Mark my D string has a harmonic sound to it when I slap it open, plus on most frets up the neck, I’m afraid to adjust the string on the bridge on this new Fender bass , but I think its a easy fix. When does the truss rod come in to play and how does it affect the neck, is it a bend forward and backward .
    Do I loosen the string when adjusting it up or down on the bridge. Well I will look it up on the Fender website.
    Thank you for your terrific bass lessons.

  6. Rains Sun June 7, 2015 at 9:11 am - Reply

    I finally got the fretting hand muting down. Thanks Teach. I think muting is crucial for bass slapping. I’m heading there next.

  7. Tony Vermorgen August 9, 2015 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Thank you Mark for great lesson again and your teaching is amazing and pleasant……….

  8. Kirk Thill August 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Fantastic Lesson Mark. It’s funny how I can get the faster exercises down, but the beginning slower exercises really showed me the right way to play ghost notes. Now my playing has improved and is really starting to sound much cleaner. I cannot tell you how important you are to the bass playing community. You are the Mother Theresa of the bass playing world. LOL

  9. Gonçalo Marques November 16, 2015 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I think this is the best lesson I watched… This and the Blues Rock one… Can you do some lessons on sincopation?
    Thanks for this lessons Mark

  10. Ray Sareth July 9, 2016 at 8:29 am - Reply

    again , a great lesson !

  11. Demir Ateser September 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I’m finding it easier to use the same finger to play the choked note as well as the non-choked note. Will this become a problem for me? Are there benefits to using the other fingers to choke the note?

    Thank you so much for the wonderful lessons!

  12. Demir Ateser September 18, 2016 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    Please be patient with me. I’m seeing more now but still not sure what minimum requirements are needed to just play the ghost and non-ghosted note. It looks as though there are three things going on here. 1. The ghost, 2. The non-ghosted, and 3. The muting. The finger playing the note is handling the ghosted and non-ghosted note. The other fingers are merely there to mute. So, it looks as though just playing ghosted notes involves a single finger – but when you incorporate the muting; the other fingers come into play.

    Am I out in in the weeds?

  13. Tim Fay April 11, 2017 at 8:53 pm - Reply

    Loving these lessons! I thought that your lesson on the cycle of fourths/learning the notes of the fingerboard was one of the best Ever! Thanks for the lessons!

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