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Guitarists: Back Pain After a Gig

I am playing long gigs with my band (6-7 hours long, once/twice a week) and a lot of movement is involved in making a show, also I am constantly "dancing" with the rhythm while playing. Also note that ...
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How to play two simultaneously notes on the bass guitar?

I am learning a song and need help reading the music sheet. I think the bass clef is for piano? Notes show up one on top of the other. I am assuming a piano player would play both notes with two ...
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Building up stamina with my practice routine

For reference I'm an electric bass player who played three or so years at age 20. I took four years of hiatus and restarted a couple of months ago. My problem has been lately my plucking hand cramping ...
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Lowered or drop tuning interchangeability

Let's say I want to play "Master of Puppets" by Metallica but I like the heavy sound of D standard. Can I play the riffs in that tuning using the same chord fingerings as in E standard to get the ...
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How do (bass) guitar players stop a note?

I don't play (bass) guitar, nor do I have a desire to. However, this question has been bugging me for quite some time now, as I have yet found the answer myself by viewing guitarists playing, mostly ...
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What are the disadvantages of buying a short-scale bass guitar

I'm considering buying my first bass. I already play guitar, and find that even though I'm an adult, stretching to a fifth is a struggle -- so handling a bass with its more widely spaced frets is ...
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Bass picking technique

I play the bass in a metal band, so I usually need a pick to get both a more fitting sound and reach the right speed. But I cannot find the right technique to use it and I don't have much precision ...
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DeQuervain's Tensynovitis

This question is for anyone with experience coming back from DeQuervain's. I have had this problem for a few months and generally things have gotten better. I'm noticing a bit of soreness when I go ...
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How can an electric bass/guitar without pick ups work?

I have seen electric guitars and basses that don't have any pick ups. For instance, here is an image of two Line 6 electric basses that have no pick ups: How do these instruments work if they have ...
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I play bass and want more from myself & my instrument

What is this the best way to go from an efficient intermediate bass player to a sought after, gigging musician? Also, I really want to get better at slap bass. Suggestions/insight?
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Bass guitar fret buzz: should I care?

I'm a beginner electric bass guitar player. I've been doing a tonne of practice, mainly late at night, so I've been using headphones. Today I tried playing something without the headphones, and was ...
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Fingers feel clumsy while playing bass guitar

I have been playing bass guitar again after a long hiatus for a few months now. However, I'm noticing that my hands often 'flub' notes even things that I played before successfully. I'm also noticing ...
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Why does the neck of a bass get wider?

I've noticed in many basses (not sure if this happens in all of them), the top of the neck starts at a certain width and towards the bottom, it is wider. Here is an example: This happens to my ...
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In an active/passive instrument, does the passive mode consume battery as well?

I have a Warwick bass that is both active and passive. For the active mode it requires a battery, while for the passive mode it does not. While I have the instrument plugged in and on the passive ...
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Why is my bass making a buzzing noise?

I am a vocalist for a band and we use 2 different tunings, so my bassist ends up using my bass for another tuning until he finds a second bass. Last practice when plugging it in it made a very loud ...
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What are some good suggestions for a bass player's plucking fingers?

As a bass player I have run into situations where my fingers feel dry or sweaty and it ends up affecting my playing. When the fingers are dry, I end up getting a lot more friction, which has caused ...
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What type of bass strings produces a very warm and mellow sound?

I bought a used Peavey Foundation bass guitar a long time ago, and I really liked the original strings. The sound was very warm and mellow, a lot like an upright acoustic bass. At one point I ...
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Bass Guitar Theory: playing with lead sheets

When playing with lead sheets (which is how I always play), I sometimes have a hard time when to go "off script" and go from boring old root-note playing to walking up or down and hitting passing ...
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Learning to play bass guitar: Fretless vs Fretted

I took bass guitar lessons years ago, but decided I was going to start self-teaching again. I have 2 basses, a Squire P-Bass, and a Fender fretless J-Bass. I was thinking about teaching myself to ...
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Howto: Electric Bass Guitar - Home Recording

My question should be quite clear from the title, but, I want to know what devices should I look to home recording my bass guitar, I've tried connecting my amplifier output to my notebook's microphone ...
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In a bass guitar, how do I mute the strings that I am not playing?

I am learning Bass Guitar on my own and muting looks challenging. For eg, when I am playing the A string, I find the G string sympathetically humming at times and vice versa. Such humming produces an ...
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Extended range electric basses versus extended range electric guitars

The differences between standard electric basses (four strings) and standard electric guitars (six strings) are very clear: in addition to have a different number of strings, they also differ in their ...
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Playing Pizzicato on an Electric Bass Guitar

I recently received some sheet music for bass guitar with one section having a Pizzicato marking. I know for orchestral strings it means pluck the notes, but how does playing Pizzicato transfer to the ...
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What is the purpose of this piece of wood between the pickups?

I have seen some basses that have this piece of wood between the pickups: What is the purpose of this? If I'm not mistaken, some of the pieces of seen have a plastic piece instead of wood.
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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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Using an electric bass guitar with a guitar amp / hi-fi system?

I understand that you should use an amp that was meant to be used with your instrument, but sometimes maybe you just don't have the money, or your amp is not around when you need it, or for whatever ...
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How to make a bass growl?

There’s a bass tone I really like, that doesn’t quite sound distorted, but instead is sort of a subtle, warm growling noise. I think this might be what guitarists mean when they talk about “crunch.” ...
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How to achieve Jaco Pastorius' percussive effect

An example of what I mean: I haven't been able to find any tutorials on how to get this effect, though.
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How do I play this part in 'Portrait of Tracy'?

I'm trying to learn the song 'Portrait of Tracy' by Jaco Pastorius on electric bass, based on the notation of the book The Essential Jaco Pastorius, but there is this part that I don't understand. ...
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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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Recording an electric guitar and electric bass

I've been searching around this stackexchange subcategory and I haven't reached a solid consensus. What I want to do is in the title. I want to record an electric guitar and an electric bass in ...
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Rocksmith 2014 as a learning tool

I've been using Rocksmith 2014 to help learn guitar and bass. So far it's been great for keeping me motivated to practice, and the riff repeater is excellent for learning difficult phrases. I'd like ...
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What is the purpose of this (?) rubber band?

I have seen many bass players that add this rubber band (not sure what it is) on the top of their basses' necks: What is this and what is the purpose of it? Usually I see it on the top of the ...
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Difference between “hi” and “low” on amps?

What is the difference between "hi" and "low" input jacks on guitar / bass amps? Usually bigger amps have both of them (didn't see them on smaller ones really)..
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Changing from bass to saxophone

I'm a professional, trained musician and yes I know that it's "never too late" to pick up something new. However: I play bass. I started 12 years ago because I actually wanted to play it. But over ...
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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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Do I need an effects loop in a bass amp?

I understand how an amplifier effects loop works and why it’s useful. It’s a good place for modulation and timing effects. But is it essential? I primarily play electric bass in rock and blues ...
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Is there a way to keep my guitar/bass cable from becoming unplugged when I move?

My guitar/bass cable will sometimes accidentally unplug from my guitar/bass when I am playing at a practice or at a gig. It usually happens when I move around or step on my cable. Is there a way to ...
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How I am I supposed to “Properly” follow through to the next string while playing the electric bass guitar?

So, I understand that when playing (plucking the string in particular) that when you pluck a particular string, you are supposed to follow through, and let your finger hit the previous, or last, ...
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What is this bass belt strap?

I have never seen a bass belt strap like this: My guess would be that it is kind of safer than the normal strap, but I'm not sure Can I use a normal belt? Do I need some kind of special belt?
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How do you identify a good amplifier?

I know that the most important thing is to plug in and test drive it, just like you do when shopping for guitars. But what should I look for when I’m plugged in? And what kind of features do I look ...
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Fretless bass buzz

I have a new fretless bass guitar, a new Ibanez SRF700 Portamento, with stock D’Addario Chromes flatwound strings. I am having trouble with string buzz in one specific part of the fingerboard. When I ...
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Basic effects for bass

I’m an amateur bassist looking to get started with effects pedals. Most bassists use effects a lot more sparingly than guitarists, so I’m not sure which ones are common or important. I have AmpKit, so ...
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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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Restringing a 7 string bass: Considerations

I'm considering buying a 7 string bass which is currently strung in standard tuning (B-F in 4ths). I would like to restring it from F# to C, and drop the F# down a step to E. I'm aware of the tonal ...
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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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Getting the right sound from a left-hand percussive when playing slap bass

I've tried learning slap bass on and off over the years, but one area that keeps holding me up is the Left-Hand Percussive technique. In theory it sounds simple, you just mute the strings by striking ...
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Tone knob usage

How do guitarists and bassists use the tone knob? Are certain tone knob settings preferred according to genre or style of music? For rhythm or soloing? For clean sound or dirt? An earlier question ...
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Guitar pickup selection

Most electric guitars and some basses allow players to select different combinations of pickups. For example, modern Stratocasters have a five-way switch between the neck, middle, and bridge pickups. ...
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How does a bass with tilted frets work? [duplicate]

I have seen some basses that have frets that are tilted. Here is an example: How is a fretboard like this functional? Is there any difference between this fretboard and a normal one?