Quite Firm by Laurence Cottle – Bass Practice Diary – 1st May 2018
This week I’ve been working on a bass chart written by the wonderful British bass player Laurence Cottle.
The first time I heard Quite Firm was when I was a teenager. I can still vividly remember it because it completely blew me away. Years later, Laurence Cottle was kind enough to give me his bass chart for it. It’s a piece I dig out every now and then when I want to work on my finger style chops and my time keeping. It’s a roast trying to keep up with Laurence’s recording which features his incredible band including some of the cream of British jazz musicians.
When I play this piece I use a three finger technique with my right hand. It features my thumb, which also provides string damping, and my first and third fingers. If you’re interested in learning more about this right hand technique then please click on this link to find my video lesson on right hand techniques.
If you’d like to hear more from Laurence Cottle then check out his website LaurenceCottle.com.