Jimmy Haslip: “I know I don’t play the instrument correctly! I've just tried to find my own way of expressing myself“

Jimmy Haslip
(Image credit: Andrew Lepley/Redferns)

We’re so used to thinking of our fingers moving towards the floor when we play an ascending bass part that it comes as something of a shock to see the unique former Yellowjackets bassist Jimmy Haslip in action. 

Not only does he play a left-handed bass guitar, he strings it upside-down – in other words, his low B string is physically lower than his high C. Add to this his phenomenal ability when it comes to fast soloing, and your brain ends up tied in knots.  

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