Bassist for KÅ by Cirque du Soleil and Elixir Strings artist Derek Jones breaks down controlling the rake with your ideal hand and muting with your left in this brief bass tip. Learning to “rake” throughout the strings and mute particular notes while fretting others is a great way to add a little more bounce and funk to your bass grooves. String raking and string muting offers a percussive edge and balanced interest to your parts, no matter what style you play.

With some practice, you’ll quickly have this two-part technique down and be adding groove to your bassline. Derek’s go-to bass strings are nickel plated steel with NANOWEB Covering for their feel and long tone life. Discover more:

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