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Tips for playing bass

Postby gumbynotpokey » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:13 am

I know there are some players on here who will gladly share some tips.

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.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHZbSE95HTk
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Re: Tips for playing bass

Postby Greg Emm » Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:49 am

One of the most informative documents I've read about playing bass, one I return to again and again, was penned by gnp:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=49291&p=634505#p634155

That entire thread is an excellent resource for bass-playing tips.

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Re: Tips for playing bass

Postby brento73 » Tue Dec 05, 2017 9:30 pm

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:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=49291&p=634505#p634155

That entire thread is an excellent resource for bass-playing tips.


I second this, it's really good stuff.

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Re: Tips for playing bass

Postby riff » Fri Dec 08, 2017 2:52 pm

Gumby great thread topic. With the home studio being more and more prevalent, many of us have started to play bass too. Note tuning, intonation and getting in that groove is most important to me. Of course I have much to learn, but that the fun of it. Looking forward to other tips from this thread.


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