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How to Position Your Right Hand on the Bass Guitar

Learn how to position your right hand on the bass guitar from musician John Sutton in this online guitar lesson from Howcast.

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When it comes to positioning your right hand on the bass guitar, I like to start with the pick-up that's closest to the middle, between the fretboard and the bridge. On this bass it's easy, because there is only one set of pick-ups. Some like a jazz bass series will have two sets, so you'll have more options. If we move our hand closer to the fretboard, we are gonna get a warmer tone with less attack. If we move our hand closer to the bridge, we get a more crisp, clear tone. That can come in handy, for punk passages or often for really fast passages we have to play quickly.

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