Bass Lesson – Right Hand Technique, 3-Fingers


This video doesn’t cover much material, but it’ll take hours and hours of practice to be able to do the things I’ve mentioned here. Just being able to confidently lead with any of your three fingers is a big challenge!

Of course, you don’t need to have this absolutely mastered to begin using it in songs, but it’s something to keep in the back of your mind.

Soon, I’ll be looking at playing passages that are grouped in twos and fours, and moving up and down the strings with these kinds of patterns.

Check back often!



  1. Hi Michael,

    I am learning from your youtube instruction video. Great work! Thanks a lot. Actually recently I am trying to pick up this 3 fingers skill because I want extra speed.

    But to be honest I do so just because my 2 fingers not fast enough to cover the song I want to play (well… only 120bpm with 16th notes). If i can play in 2 fingers i would prefer doing so instead because the beats are not grouped in 3…

    Can you tell me why 3-fingers skill is useless in professional music? Don’t they need speed as well??

    Also can you tell me the tips to practice the 2 fingers technique to improve the plucking speed?

  2. Paul,

    I decided to create a new post to address your questions.

    You can find it here:

    Let me know if this helps! 🙂

    – Michael

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  4. Hey John,I’m torn between using a pleucrtm and just trying to use the two finger method. I’ve played mostly 6 and 12 string acoustic using thumb and three fingers to pick the strings but I find I can’t match the speed required to play the Metal style required by my current band. Is there a practice drill I can use to improve my speed using the two finger method of playing?Ps I have an identical five string to the one you are using in your demo.Cheers Kev.

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