Once you have established a solid foundation and a fundamental bass tone with the thumb, it’s time to open up a whole new world of possibilities and start getting bass tones with the finger tips. This step brings us closer to unlocking the possibilities of the grid which I’ve talked about in all of the previous blog posts. Your goal is to find the sweet spot in Zone 2 and achieve an equal bass tone with your finger tips as with the thumb. This will take time and requires a lot of patience. Your finger tips will hurt during this process. Cut your nails, roll up your sleeves and get to work!
Your finger tips will still be located at around 2 o’clock on the pandeiro as when you are playing in Zone 1, however you will slightly move your tips to Zone 2 to achieve the bass tone. Remember, keep all of your hand motions to a minimum. In the end, everything should be effortless. I like to use my two middle fingers when striking a bass tone with my finger tips. My pointer finger and pinky just hang out while the two middle fingers strike the drum in Zone 2.
Skip to 3:08 in this video to see me explain the bass tones with finger tips.
Here’s a short exercise to help you move between thumb and finger tip bass tones. This is an excerpt from my Pandeiro Handout packet on page 5. Practice slow! You’re trying to get the sound of your finger tip bass tone to be equal with the thumb bass tone.
B= Bass with Thumb
BT = Bass with Finger Tips