Ask Willis: consecutive string crossings

Ask Willis: consecutive string crossings

Hey Willis, How do you play one note per string (going up) with your right hand? This is one that comes up quite a bit so I posted a video demonstration. The first example comes from the first 4 notes of Freedom Jazz Dance which requires an EADG crossing. The second...
GK-3B minimized

GK-3B minimized

Hey Willis, I see that you “minimized” a GK-3B pickup on your bass, presumably to make it look nicer.

Random Groove Generator

Random Groove Generator

Hey Willis, I’m an American bassist living in Germany for nearly 40 years. I teach here at the Mannheim Music school. One question: When you’re playing random (sounding) lines on funk grooves, how would you describe the process of making your...
Ghost in the Machine

Ghost in the Machine

Hey Willis, Good morning, sir. I really like the website and am very impressed both by the attention to detail you give in explaining your playing style, and by your obvious willingness to help out the bass community in general. Excellent job and thanks. My question...
3 against 2

3 against 2

Hey Willis, I’m originally a guitar player and when I started playing bass about five years ago I tried to learn your three finger technique. It did seem a bit complicated at first and I eventually ended up playing with two fingers instead. Do you think it’s...