While this riff might sound simple, we’re really using it to look at the subtleties of technique – particularly the way we play a shuffle feel on the 16th notes, and staccato notes to get that syncopated feel. You’re looking to develop a kind of muscle memory so you can play those really sharp, quick notes. This is all very much related to fingering and muting – so hand position on your fretting hand is the key element to think about here.
- Tip #1 – Play fairly hard over the pickup of a Precision bass or neck pickup of a Jazz bass to get that characteristic snap on the upper notes
- Tip #2 – Stab at the notes with the fretting hand finger and quickly move from and to home position to create a more staccato duration on the upper notes
- Tip #3 – Subdivide and count slowly through the bar to gain accuracy playing the syncopated 16th notes