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To rake or not to rake, that is the question.

Matthew Smith (106)

Bass Open Forum · 3/17/2008 4:41 PM
I wanted to get some opinions on the pros and cons of raking vs alternating when moving to a lower string. I realize that it's a matter of opinion, but I'm trying to chose the right technique for me, and would like some input from those more experienced than me. I always thought raking was normal, then heard on some forums that alternating is the "proper" technique, then again read on the ever so popular "Bass Guitar for Dummies" website that you should rake. To me raking feels more natural, but not as easy to stay in time. Thoughts anyone ?
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3/18/2008 7:32 AM

Mike Hokkanen (27059) wrote:

I have acquired too many bad habits to be of real help here, but little things in technique help later when things get tough.

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3/18/2008 8:35 AM

Flint Cowden (2941) wrote:

I've found sweep picking to be much easier to control on downstrokes, probably because the angle of the pick makes sliding over the strings easier. To sweep on an upstroke, I have to change that angle so I don't snag any strings. This isn't yet natural, but I'm working on it. Meanwhile, I tend to sweep on downstrokes more often, and alternate pick coming back up. The exception is a 4-note arpeggio (6 and 7-string basses lend themselves to such chords), when up-sweeping is worth the effort.

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3/18/2008 9:42 AM

Mao Gallardo (1266) wrote:

I usually rake in instances like this: playing a root-5th riff that goes like A-string->8-8-D-string->10-A-8-D-10, stuff like that. I rake so I can play it I-M again and not M-I which feels really awkward for me, I also do it for octaves.

But when I'm doing drills I never rake...I just play with what's comfortable when I'm playing.

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3/18/2008 10:30 AM

Ron Weasenham (1033) wrote:

If you can make the way you play, whether it's alternating or raking, sound good then go with it.

To be honest though, I haven't got a clue what my right-hand is doing most of the time; when I'm playing a piece of music I'm not really conscious of my technique in that hand. If what I'm playing sounds good in the mix, I'm happy.

Just for the record - learned to alternate when I first started playing but started raking not too long after that.

Cheers
Ron



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3/18/2008 5:31 PM

Adam Furay (1778) wrote:

With open strings:
Play GGDDAAEE
then GGAADDEE
For me, the right hand fingering is the same for both. Either IMIM etc or MIMI etc. If it isn't, then you are sending mixed signals to your right hand. I reserve raking for string crossings of 3 or more strings in the same direction.

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3/18/2008 6:11 PM

Barney Brazitis (17810) wrote:

As far as I'm concerned, there is no 'proper' technique. I practiced some Jaco stuff for years trying to alternate and then watched a vid of him playing the stuff I had learned and he raked when decsending, so it's a matter of taste and muscle memory. I find that if I want absolute precision I will alternate, but if I want more nuance I'll rake.



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3/18/2008 8:07 PM

WAYNE ELLIOTT (21625) wrote:

I was taught that "raking" will help with the "S" word (speed),and I understood

that where applicable it is slightly more efficient, [ as others here have pointed out!].

However, I ask semi-rhetorically, what would be raking's counterpart ? How would one

rake "UP" the strings?



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3/19/2008 1:05 AM

Barney Brazitis (17810) wrote:

I usually use my thumb for that sort of thing.



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3/19/2008 1:24 AM

WAYNE ELLIOTT (21625) wrote:

Human thumbs are called opposable thumbs.



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3/19/2008 1:29 PM

Barney Brazitis (17810) wrote:

And you're sharing this because.........?



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3/19/2008 1:57 PM

Nick Odermatt (7542) wrote:

lol that was the most random piece of information ever.. haha



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3/19/2008 6:12 PM

WAYNE ELLIOTT (21625) wrote:

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