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Bass guitar - One finger per fret or not?

I have seen a few questions about this on guitar, but none on bass. When I started guitar, I instinctively used my four fingers to play stuff (five if you count the thumb for over-neck awesomeness) ...
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In a Rock/Blues band who dictates the groove?

The song is Superstition by Stevie Wonder. The song sounded out of sync and rushed when we were playing it. I play guitar and try to lay back and play behind the beat, but should the bass player play ...
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Music Notation for Bass - Unknown Symbol : Slash with two dots

I have checked through music notation lists and have asked a number of musicians but nobody knows what this symbol is actually supposed to mean. It's from the sheet found here.
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What is a 6-string bass guitar with normal guitar tuning called?

As I know, there're 6-string bass with B – E – A – D – G - C tuning. But, MusicMan release kind-of 6-string bass with guitar tuning which is E - A - D - G - B - e. You can see the bass here. Is it ...
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What is the technical term for Bass 'growl' or 'roar'?

I've been looking everywhere for the past 2 days for the terms of these two awesome electric bass techniques and couldn't find 'em. I want to know their technical or common names.. When you slide ...
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How high can I tune my G string without it breaking?

I've been learning this bass solo by Jean Baudin. And he has an 11 string bass. I have a 4 string. Only at a few parts in the song, he plays notes higher than my highest F on the G string. So my ...
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Boiling/washing used guitar/bass strings - is it worthwhile?

I've read that some people boil their strings from time to time to make them sound again like they were new (and save some money). Is this really worthwhile, or are there any disadvantages to this?
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What is a “flat wrist”?

Bass legend Carol Kaye writes that she uses a "flat wrist" technique when playing bass with a pick. What does she mean by this?
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What was Randy Coven's gear

I've been googling for it. He uses a Pavel "Randy Coven" signature series fretless bass and GK heads with ampeg cabs. Does anyone knows which effects and strings did he use?
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Are there any resources to self-learn the bass guitar for those who already know theory?

I am a Music teacher. I hold a Ph.D. in Music Composition, studied piano for several years, and now I want to play the bass. My concern is that every resource I find to become self-taught ends up ...
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Exercising fingerstyle bass technique

I'm looking to improve my fingerstyle technique on the bass guitar. I'd like to develop good habits, especially regarding alternating my fingers, as I currently tend to overuse my index finger and ...
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How to tune a guitar/bass without a tuner?

When I'm trying to tune my guitar/bass without a tuner, if a single string is in tune, I can tune the rest of the strings based on the tuned one, using the harmonics over the 5th and 7th frets. But ...
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Tips and tools to help transcribing a bass line in tablature

I'd like to transcribe a song that I couldn't find a proper version of on the Internet. Transcribing the guitar and drums (I'm a guitarist and beginner bassist) was not really difficult but I find ...
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Expand Bass Guitar Playing Beyond Root Notes

I am fairly new to the bass guitar and I'm in a band. So far, I almost always just play the root note of the chord. I sometimes hold it until a new chord and sometimes repeatedly play this same note....
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bass technique for 4th and 7th jumps

Playing a melody with fourth or minor sevenths jumps on a bass guitar is usually a purely horizontal movement on the fretboard, staying at the same fret and just switching strings. It's not a problem ...
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What to look for in a bass amp for extended range bass guitars?

I was doing some research on extended range bass guitars and it seems like there's not really any amp/cab than can handle the F#0 of a 7-string bass guitar particularly well. Be that as it may, it ...
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How important is string-muting when playing the bass?

I'm mainly an acoustic guitar player, branching out into electric guitar and (a bit) bass guitar. I don't know much of anything about bass technique - I just have one lying around and muck about on ...
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Would it be worth buying better pickups for a cheap bass guitar?

I bought a really cheap bass guitar second hand. It works fine, but I'm wondering if it would sound better with more expensive pickups. Since I got it at a market for around £20 I'm guessing that the ...
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Intonation problems with a low b string

I just got a Warwick Thumb NT 6 and my b string is still sharp on the 12 and 24th fret but I cant tighten the screw anymore. What should i do? is it normal for the top few frets to be really out?
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Improving bass transcription skill

I’m trying to get in the habit of transcribing music. I don’t have a lot of experience, so my ear isn’t very good yet, and in particular I often have trouble distinguishing parts of the bass line from ...
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Strap button repair

One of the strap buttons on my bass is stripped. I’ve seen several methods for repairing this, all of which involved filling the hole with some bits of wood. Insert matchsticks, toothpicks, or a ...
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Bass-guitar online exercises for not-beginner

I'm an intermediate bass guitarist, and I want to improve my left arm fingers work, and improvisation during bass solo. I think I should learn not only by simply remember some tabs by famous bass ...
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Switching from a short-scale bass to a 'normal' one - Tips please?

I've been playing bass in my bedroom for a while now. I have a pretty but pretty crappy 1970s Yamaha semi-acoustic (SA70, I think). I've been thinking of branching out into some new styles and ...
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How to hold a bass guitar while playing

During some research I've found out that some guitarists use different position of bass-guitar during play: Play while sitting: Play while standing, high position: Play while standing, medium ...
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Bass fret board position knowledge

I`ve been playing 6 string bass for quite a while now, but during live performances with low light, l sometimes find it difficult to find the right notes on the fretboard, esp C on the E string ...
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New set of strings on (bass) guitar with no adjustable intonation

When I restringed (re-strung?) my electric guitar, I had to take it back to the store because I belatedly realized that the intonation would have to be corrected. Now, I have two acoustic guitars and ...
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Any heads-up tips for recording bass guitars?

I'm getting myself into recording (bought several equipment already) and I'm really having fun! I've only tried the drums yet and it goes well so far. I want to move on to the bass guitar next. ...
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Achieve samplepad/keyboard synth sound with a bass guitar for playing live?

I play bass in a pop band and for a new song we want to add a synth bass similar to the one in this song: The estudio recording part is easy, so the question is if ...
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String configuration on a bass guitar

Having swapped my 4 string bass about 12 years ago,for a 5 string, I'd never go back. Lots of players love them, but some hate them. The advantage for me is having an extra low string, not necessarily ...
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Where along the strings to pick?

How does picking position affect a guitar’s sound? I can make some general observations – the strings are brighter near the bridge, and they can be more percussive near the neck – but I’m not sure how ...
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Guitar Pro 6 – electric bass is quiet

First time I'm trying to write music in GP6 with bass track and I noticed that I cannot hear the electric bass. I checked out a many of its settings, but nothing helps me; all I can to check that it ...
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Fingertip care for guitarists

I have built up calluses enough to avoid most fingertip pain from playing guitar and bass, but I have rough and slightly cracked fingertips. My fretting hand isn’t bad, but my right hand is very rough ...
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Risks of adjusting a truss rod?

I know that you can break a truss rod by over-tightening it. Repair guides warn not to tighten the rod if you meet excessive resistance or hear squeaking noises. For example, from the Fender Bass ...
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Guidance on buying a bass guitar amp

I'm looking for basic guidance on buying a bass guitar amp. I currently own an Acoustic B200 and I've tried other small learning amps. I would like to find one that matches the sound I'm going for ...
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Alternate picking for fingerstyle bass

I’m familiar with the different approaches to alternate picking with a plectrum, from economy picking to strict alternate picking. I personally prefer to use down-picks for downbeats and up-picks for ...
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Where to rest your thumb when playing bass: Pickup vs. Strings vs. Thumbrests

I'm a beginning bass player with a couple months' lessons under my belt. I haven't gotten far along enough yet to solidify a playing style, so I'm still able to change my habits if I want to. I was ...
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Can a walking bass line be sufficient percussion for a (guitar) bass-brass-brass trio when playing blues?

We're experimenting as a Brass-Brass-Bass combo, and wondering what we can do to make the bass's job more interesting (besides throwing in more solos). Is it fairly easy to replace substantial ...
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Bass guitar shifting vs pinky emphasis

I'm learning to play the bass guitar and I've come across a lot of phrases that span 4 frets (call them 1,2,3,4) where notes on 2 and 4 are emphasized. I've played these using two methods and have ...
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How often should I wax my bass?

When I bought my bass, it came with a surface finisher (beeswax). I've been waxing my bass about once every month/month and a half. Why should I wax my bass and how often is it recommended I do it?
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How to learn Jazz Bass Guitar?

I have been learning bass guitar for one year. I have the basic in the major and minor scales. Basically, I am able to figure out the bass line of a song I hear, like pop song or rock song. But, when ...
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Should my first bass guitar be expensive? [closed]

I want to start learning bass. I'd like to buy an inexpensive bass, because I'm not ready to spend 2000$ on a new guitar. But I often hear opinions that it's better to buy the most expensive ...
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Bass guitar amplifier [duplicate]

I have a guitar amplifier at home and I am playing bass in a band. I am practicing at home and I wonder if I can use the guitar amplifier with the bass or will it damage the amp?
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Learn bass consistently

What would be a consistent way of learning to play the electric bass guitar ? I aim to play jazz/blues and some funk, i would like to be able to do more than just learn tabs which I think I already do ...
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Why should you begin plucking with the index finger when playing the bass?

According to this question and answer and elsewhere I've seen and read online, you should start the plucking action with your index finger. Naturally, for me, middle then index is more comfortable ...
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Thumb tension while playing bass guitar

I am doing "spider exercise" from JOHN PATITUCCI Bass Workshop 1 3 Left Hand Dexterity Builders chunk 1, After a couple of minutes I start feeling increasing left thumb tension, in 10 minutes it ...
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Connecting Roland vb-99 to Personal Computer (USB)

I have a Roland vb-99 and I'm trying to use its default editor (vb-editor). When I open the program it asks me to perform the midi setup but when I open it I can't find the vb-99 in midi in or out. I'...
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What do you use to train your sense of rhythm?

I am a keyboard player and recently decided to study bass guitar playing. I cannot spend much time for practicing - approximately 40 min a day, so the most of that time I am doing "spider exercise". ...
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Varying rhythms on bass

I've gotten into something of a bad habit in which I either play things in a steady rhythm, in triplets, or galloping, but without much variation, and I feel like I'm stagnating. What are some good ...
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Bass pickup height adjustment

I've recently set up my bass with the help of this youtube video: I'm really happy with it but one question remains. Fender recommends 2mm space between the underside ...
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Is loosening the truss rod of a bass the correct thing to do after changing to a lighter string gauge?

I bought some new strings for my bass and was informed that 40 is what you find on most basses when they come out of the factory. I restrung my bass today and the stock strings are actually thicker ...