NEXT LEVEL BASS TECHNIQUE with Billy Sheehan

Published January 8, 2019 in Interviews

So 2019 is here, and my plan was to kick it off with something awesome…

So I’m sticking to it.

In this video you’re going to see Billy Sheehan (yep… I finally got him, whoop whoop!) break down how he’s developed one of the most insanely dialled in bass techniques of anyone on the planet…

Here’s just a snap shot of what you’ll be checking out today:

  • You’re going to see how he’s been working slap bass into his technique arsenal (I’d never even seen him play slap bass before!)
  • How he learned how to play super fast 16ths… with just one finger (this’ll blow your mind it’s so freaky)
  • Why he regularly practises without an amp
  • How he found the balance between his string action and the tone he wants - there’s a fine line you should know about
  • How (and why) he developed the best 3 finger plucking technique I’ve ever seen
  • And WAY more…

Also… in the comments under the video lemme know what your biggest struggle is with your technique right now - I love hearing from you guys and specifically what you’re struggling with, as it helps me make sure I’m creating the best lessons possible for you. If you could leave a comment it’d mean the world to me.


Lesson Summary:

  • Today, we’ve got the amazing Billy Sheehan in the house!
  • We talk about his ferocious 3-finger technique.
  • How he hits hammer-ons super hard.
  • Why he likes to practice without an amp.
  • How Tim Bogart influenced his raking technique.
  • And why Victor Wooten made him up on slap bass!


Key Quotes:

“When I teach I talk about the mechanics of my technique because few people do.”

“I could spend hours thinking about it and figuring out different patterns. The mechanics of how you actually move your fingers is so important.”

“You can use light strings and have the bass play as easy as a ukulele if you want, but you’ve got to find the right balance between your action and the strength in your fingers.”


If you enjoy this lesson, you'll really dig these courses:

1. Technique Deep Dive for Bass
2. Slap Bass Fundamentals With Phil Mann: Volume 1
3. Essential Slap Bass Rudiments with Phil Mann: Volume 2


As always, see you in the shed...

Scott :)

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