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It's a trick that's been around for ages, with many variations - I've even heard that the use of certain bodily fluids gives good results, but it isn't something I'm about to try. The main reason to do this is to save money, but you should ask yourself whether the savings are worth it. It's generally a better idea to keep your strings in good shape - wiping ...


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Try playings some new styles of music; like funk or jazz or some other area you haven't spent a lot of time in; listen to some new music, groove along to it, Jazz in particular is awesome for this especially for bass. Try mixing up your playing a bit, listen to chords, outline them with arpeggios if possible, all of these things will help.


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When converting a fretted instrument to fret less you have a couple of options if you want to DIY: Modify the current fingerboard in some way. This includes purchasing a fret-puller like @ekaj suggests, pulling out all the fretwires, and filling in all the fret slots with wood putty. Unfortunately you will suffer from the issues that @Alex mentions in that ...


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The technical term is glissando or gliss slide. Whether you're going up or down or both, basically it's a long slide.


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Sure, of course you can. But getting it to playable condition won't be quite so simple. You'll have to re-adjust the bridge to account for the fact that the thickest string is now located where the thinnest string was, and vice-versa. If you don't feel comfortable doing this yourself (although it's pretty easy), any competent guitar tech will do it for ...


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My advice is to learn the bass parts of songs for which you wish you had created that bass part instead of the player who actually did. For example, I spent a good part of my late teens pretty much learning every bass part on Blood Sugar Sex Magik, because I thought everything Flea played was awesome. After that, it was onto Sly & The Family Stone ...


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If you are planning to be a really good player, you should be able to start on either finger. This depending on which string you are starting on and which string the next note is on as well as which brain cell you are using. That last part is a joke however you won't want to make conscious decisions about which finger you start with. This will all be ...


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Welcome to the wonderful world of non-standard intonation. You will like it here. I have answered here on instruments where you have to dictate the intonation: slide and steel guitar and theremin. I haven't mentioned violin/fiddle, because by the time you're good enough for it to be worthwhile to ask questions in this sort of forum, you've already learned ...


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This is not an unusual idea. Any 4-string bass should be easy to set up for B-E-A-D. You (or a qualified guitar repair technician) will need to file the string slots in the nut to make them wider to accommodate the thicker strings, and you will need to adjust the position of the bridge saddles to achieve proper intonation. You may or may not need an ...


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When you fret a note make sure that your finger is as close to the edge of the fret as possible; literally right next to it; this will instantly give you a cleaner sound; the closer to the metal you get the purer the note, this applies to all fretted instruments and all styles of playing. (the edge towards the bridge, not the nut) Do this consciously until ...


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I change my strings when they start to sound stale, about every 4-6 months. As a gauge, I play about 5 hours a week in my church, plus an additional hour or two of practice on top of that. When I used DR coated strings, they would last a bit longer than that, but even with the extra life I had a hard time justifying the extra cost.


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Any answer to this must be opinionated, can't help that. Whilst there are many good basses out there, $500 for your first is more than enough.There is no need to spend that sort of money.I've said it loads of times, but why buy new ? My first bass cost me £15. O.k., I had to mend its broken neck, but it kept me going for the first 8 or 9 years. I recommend ...


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A bass player can easily be the timekeeper for a jazz combo without drums. I'm a bit confused by your question, specifically-- Is it fairly easy to replace substantial portions with improvised walking-bass style lines and still retain the percussive properties of the bass sound? The properties of the timbre are going to be up to your bassist, but on ...


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Tapewound strings are similar in construction to other wound bass strings; the difference is that they have a length (or 'tape') of nylon wrapped around a metal core. This makes them feel less tough on fingers, and the tone they produce does not quickly degrade in time, as standard round/flatwound strings will. The Sound they produce is different as well. ...


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I used to do this with bass strings, and it does make a difference. They'll brighten up and sound like new, but not for as long as they did right out of the package. It's a bit of a pain, though, because of course to remove the strings, you have to fully unwind them rather than simply cut them, so it takes longer. I wouldn't try this with guitar strings, ...


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Be very, very careful. You're worrying about the string snapping. You should also be worrying about damaging the neck of your instrument. A bass string will go very tight without snapping. If it does snap, you risk injury. I've had a nasty cut just from a guitar string! If the instrument breaks, you also risk injury -- and you've broken your instrument. ...


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For windows: The bare-bones way is to use the microphone or the line-in. I found the line-in to be a better choice, but either way, you need to reduce the amplifier volume to avoid clipping. This volume level will be pretty low, and it is specific to your equipment. After you adjust the amplifier volume, you can then adjust the overall volume on the ...


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This is not a common thing. Members of the TalkBass forum discuss it as a novelty. It appears to be a variant of the "Funk Fingers", which is a pair of short drumsticks attached to the first two fingers. It was invented by Tony Levin, while working with Peter Gabriel, as a way to get funky percussive sounds out of a bass. ...


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What you seek, my friend, is "the groove". As you're discovering, there's more to it than the mechanical (or even mathematical) approach of playing certain notes with a triplet rhythm. While your approach is technically correct, I'm guessing it lacks the feeling you're looking for. That's what's known as "groove" or being "in the pocket" or (especially ...


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CADG is the most common way I've heard this term used for basses. It could also refer to the drop D tuning with a low C on the bottom according to Wikipedia, in guitar context: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drop_c_tuning Incidentally orchestral basses fitted with a low C extention have the CADG tuning too, although with the extension no fingering changes are ...


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When we play as our alter ego band Acoustech (we play folk and acoustic blues arrangements of our metal songs :-) , I use a 12 string, my rhythm guitarist has a fairly loud acoustic guitar, but our bassist is easily loud enough to work without amplification. He has a fretless acoustic bass, custom made for him, but the only key point for volume seemed to be ...


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I would focus on hardware, not so much on software. Get a decent digital audio interface; you can find some for under $200 USD. You can use pretty much any recording software, such as Audacity which has already been mentioned. I use an Alesis io|2 for example; very simple, just 2 analog channels, midi in/out, and connects to my laptop via USB. With this ...


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There are a couple of differences between a metronome and a drum machine. A metronome just keeps a regular beat. Some electronic metronomes give a slightly different click to indicate the start of a bar, but that's all. Drum patterns have lots more elements that help keep you in time -- for a typical rock pattern, emphasis on the first beat, snares on the ...


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Maybe checking out some songs with more exotic rythm patterns could be useful. Pretty much anything from a progressive metal band like Dream Theater or Symphony X will do. Also, check out the work of some bass players with elaborate styles, like Billy Sheeran from Mr. Big, Flea from Red Hot Chilli Peppers or Victor Wooten or Jaco Pastorius. Also, you could ...


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In order to sweep-pick, you need to have both an up- and a down-stroke. Fingerstyle bass really only has upstrokes (with the fingers). I think the closest you could get to actual sweep picking on bass would be to imitate Victor Wooten's double-thumb slap technique. In this technique, he uses his thumb sort of like a pick. He slaps the string in a ...


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Play slower. If you are clanging and banging around it means you are playing something too fast. Gotta practice it slower until it gets clean and quiet, THEN get it up to speed. There might be some gear related issues, but if those are taken into account and you are still clanking away, slow down until you can play it without it.


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I'm pretty sure you have to tune your bass to standard tuning. EADG so in order to play the notes in tune you'd have to put your finger on your left hand at the fret bar. If you wanted to play the notes at the center of the fret you would have to tune your bass accordingly, not a good idea IMO. On a standard bass even though you put your finger in between ...


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I agree with @VariableLost as it really doesn't matter what you start with, although to be a truly strong player you should be equally good with all fingers. With bass there is less of a need to develop fingers other than your middle or index, but some of the most amazing bass players are equally strong with their ring fingers and even pinky. I'd say learn ...


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This is somewhat of a shot in the dark, but... Take a look at a Guitarrón mexicano. I frequented a mexican restaurant that had a strolling mariachi band and it was clearly and cleanly audible. The secondary bassist played an el cheapo you'd find on the wall in guitar center and it was not always clean, clear and audible. One big drawback here is that the ...



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