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FRANC O'SHEA
FUSIONMEISTER FRANC
CONTINUES TO MIX IT UP
FOR ADVANCED BASSISTS
I
n this month's column I will
continue looking at how a
fusion solo can be effectively
devised. For the past couple of
issues I have been exploring
raking techniques, first by
focusing on the right hand and
then how to combine right-
hand patterns with various
left-hand patterns. I then looked
at combining picked notes with
hammer-ons to create fast
ascending scale patterns. In this
month's column I will be looking
at co-ordinating both hands by
combining raking with hammer-
ons and pull-offs.
Example 1
shows the two most
basic raking patterns, which are
groups of three notes that cross two
adjacent strings. They are divided
into two groups (A and B), and
there are three variations shown
for each pattern, which cover all
the possible starting points for the
same sequence of numbers. Since
each of these patterns contains
three notes, they can be combined
with the possibilities of using three
fingers of the left hand, as shown
in
Example 2
. These patterns
condense the possibilities by
assuming that the number 2 can
represent either the middle or ring
finger of the left hand and that the
EXAMPLE 1
EXAMPLE 2
EXAMPLE 3
A
1234
2341
3412
4123
В
1432
4321
3214
2143
C
1324
3241
2413
4132
D
1423
4231
2314
3142
E
1342
3421
4213
2134
F
1243
2431
4312
3124
EXAMPLE 4
EXAMPLE 5
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