Keep It Groovy: How To Control Dead Notes

This “Keep It Groovy” lesson breaks down the use of dead notes and why they’re such an effective method for adding funk to your bass grooves.

After diving into the general technique for a dead note, I’ll demonstrate a few simple exercises for practicing them with a metronome. Plus, I’ll go into why it’s so easy to get a harmonic when you play a dead note and how you can eliminate excess noise and improve your muting. Enjoy and keep it groovy!

Ryan Madora is a professional bass player, author, and educator living in Nashville, TN. In addition to touring and session work, she teaches private lessons and masterclasses to students of all levels. Visit her website to learn more!

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