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Bones wrote: »
Hi J, not bad but you should break down each element to start. Leave the upstroke out for now. Just play the 1 and 3 at a slow tempo and completely damp the 2 and 4 until you get the 1 and 3 to sound how you want (I'm assuming you are not satisfied with it since you are asking, not sure what ur level or experience is so I'll just try to hit everything). Typically you should damp all 4 beats. The 1 and 3 are kind of a 'rake' followed by damping with your left hand. You are letting the 1 and 3 ring the whole time. If that's the sound you like fine but typically all beats are damped especially for more med/up tempos. Only grip lightly with the left hand so it is easier to damp at faster tempos and it also gives you a drier tone (less ringing). Think more towards the percussion and less ringing. Hit all 6 strings even though you are muting some of them to get more percussion. Rake thru all the strings. I think of the 1 and 3 and kind of a 'woof' sound.
The 2 and 4 are more like a 'chick' sound. Woof chick (1 and 2) if you want to describe it that way. At least that's how I think of it. But don't add the 2 and 4 until you have the 1 and 3. Then just play the 2 and 4 without the 1 and 3. I think of the 2 and 4 more like the pick is gliding across all 6 strings rather than digging in and raking like the 1 and 3. And faster motion with the pick on 2 and 4. Also, damp it even sooner after the pick stroke than the 1 and 3.
Once you get that put them all together without the upstroke. If you like the sound and it is relaxed and comfortable play along with a medium swing recording that you like and see if you fit in. I like to practice with Gonzalo's stuff with Jeff R since their rhythm is very crisp, dry and not busy. Once you can fit in with that you can start trying to add in the upstroke if you want but keep it light and very close to the 1 and 3 or it will sound bad IMHO.
Hope that helps and good luck.