- Elite Carvinite
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As bass players, let's leverage the power of the Lounge for our playing. There are tons of guitarists out there - some bands even have more than one! LOL. But bassists don't encounter each other as frequently.
What are your tips for playing bass?
One powerful tip I picked up and shared with Praiser (hi John) was to play close attention to the END of each note. How does the note end? Is there a crisp conclusion to the note (regardless of note length)? A long decay is not what was meant by this. Rather, the person I heard it from was talking about the leading edge of notes getting all the attention, but with the role of bass, the end of each note deserves equal consideration and deliberateness. When a note played by the bass is ended correctly, it serves the song better, and serves the next note better.
One clip I'll share is an unusual one. This one is all about mechanics, rather than theory. It's for upright, but the information really got me thinking concerning electric.
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- Greg Emm
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Greg Emm wrote:One of the most informative documents I've read about playing bass, one I return to again and again, was penned by gnp:
That entire thread is an excellent resource for bass-playing tips.
I second this, it's really good stuff.
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