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Could the bassist and the rhythm guitarist be the same person?

Could the function of the bassist and the rhythm guitarist be combined into one guitar player with a guitar like this for instance? Maybe just me playing this thing and a drummer and a regular ...
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Confused what I should be playing [closed]

what notes does a bass player play in relation to the Rhythm guitarist?
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Why do notes played on bass strings on the highest frets sound bad?

I notice that on bass guitars or low tuned guitars, the notes played on the lowest strings very high on the fretboard sound bad. This can be heard, e.g., in this video at 1:01–1:10: It is well known ...
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Am I Doing It Wrong? Why Can't I Use Multiple 5-Line Staves to Represent Guitar's Open Strings?

As a rock songwriter with interest in theory, I sometimes score my music to engage with it differently. I’d open MuseScore, create 3 treble clef staves—one for the voice and two for the guitars—and a ...
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Will a drop Bb tuning damage my bass?

I've been asked to play a gig where one of the tunes is Breaking Benjamin's "I Will Not Bow." The bass tabs I find show the tuning for a 5-string is (low to high) Bb - F - Bb - Eb - Ab . I'...
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Pain in interphalangeal joints of Fretting hand

I'm learning Bass for some months now, and what I noticed is that after practising, I'm having sporadic little events of pain on the sides of my fingers, mostly above and below the proximal ...
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Trouble playing C# on A string with 4th finger

I'm trying to teach my 11 year old son a bit of bass guitar. My main instrument is double bass and my efforts on bass guitar are entirely self-taught. We've hit a roadblock: he cannot get a clear tone ...
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Filtering noise from (bass) guitar headphone amp?

For bass guitar practice, I'm using a headphone amp - or rather a preamp with a headphone out - which I then put through a small analogue mixer or directly to headphones. I like the sound of this ...
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Has anyone tried playing a Fanned Fret guitar/bass? How did it feel vs standard? Did you stick with it? [closed]

The title says it all. I'm intrigued by fanned frets, but buying an instrument like that is a big leap. If you've tried it, I'd like to hear about your experience.
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What do bassists normally tune to in thall or in bands that tune to drop E?

I've started writing and recording some thall style music that is tuned to drop E. This is my first time recoring in drop E so and I am wondering what bands normally do with the bass as far as tuning ...
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Bass-Guitar - How much "Bent Wrist" is still ok?

I'm struggling with a good left hand position, and there are multiple things that I'm not sure about. I will concentrate on one particular element here in this question: What one usually reads (which ...
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Concentric potentiometer: Inner knob is turning outer knob. Is this intended and is there a fix?

I have a bass with concentric potentiometers/Dual-gang potentiometers for some combined tone and volume controls. I noticed the other day that, sometimes, when I turn the inner pot it moves the outer ...
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How difficult is the transition from upright bass to electric bass?

More than 2 decades ago, I started learning upright/double bass (fingerstyle) for a kroncong group in high school. And eventually, after listening folks like Paul McCartney, Bob Babbitt, John ...
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Corridos staccato eightnotes or 16th notes? [duplicate]

La mesa del rincon is a song I am transcribing bass for. It is by Los tigres Del Norte. I am wondering if it is ok to use staccato eighth notes for the bass part, or are they actually supposed to be ...
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What stretches can be done to prevent wrist cramping?

When playing Bass, sometimes my left wrist starts to feel a little crampy- especially when practicing modal scales and chord arpeggios at slightly faster tempos. My right wrist also sometimes starts ...
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Practice routine as a self-taught, I have about 1000 hours to invest, what to focus on? [duplicate]

Assuming that talent does not exist and that the skill of a musician is directly related to the time spent learning, it follows that investing 1000 hours into learning, with a daily practice routine ...
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My Ibanez TMB100 sounds input cut in and out and fuzzes

For some reason after not playing my Ibanez TMB100 bass, the sound cuts on and off most especially playing the lower strings. I checked the jack cable but with a different one it doesn't fix anything. ...
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Anatomy of plucking hand's motions for a bass guitar

The (following) questions came from analyzing my plucking hand technique. Consider playing 16th notes on one string with two fingers. It is accessible for me to play 8th notes with one finger (...
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How to adjust my bass guitar bridge

I’m trying to adjust my bass guitar bridge but my bridge is quite different compared to the bridges in online tutorials. I tried to find the name of my bridge but I can’t seem to find it. If anyone ...
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Does playing vocals, instruments and bass in different speakers at the same time give a better experience to the listener?

Does playing vocals, instruments and bass in different speakers at the same time give a better experience to the listener or does playing it whole as a song in multiple speakers?? I recently got ...
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Is it possible to record direct from an amp to Audacity?

Recording my bass amp's output via an external microphone results in subpar sound quality. Is it possible to record direct to my computer (I use Audacity for recording audio) from my amp?
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How do I learn to sight read?

I started my school’s jazz band recently and I really struggle playing with them. It’s just really different to playing by myself alone, where if I make a mistake I can just go back and keep repeating ...
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Six string bass and Guitar Technique

I know some stuff on guitar. By stuff, I mean scales/chords etc... I would like to have some knowledge for the bass. Maybe for home recording, enriching my sounds. The bass is a four stringed ...
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Tips on finding notes corresponding to a bass line

I'm a drummer who knows very little about stringed instruments (I can play some basic stuff on the ukulele, but that's about it). I have "written" a bass line for a song I'm working on. By &...
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Could someone explain slapping?

I have tried to mimic the slap/thump sound. It feels like I don't understand what slap is, even after spending almost an hour watching tutorials. Is any of the below on the right track? I tried ...
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How to use pentatonic scale(s) for bass lines

In creating bass lines using pentatonic scale, do you use the pentatonic scale of the key you are in or of the chord you are playing?
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Bass G string making loud buzzing noise

My bass recently started making a very loud buzzing noise when ever I play the G string open. That is the only time I hear it. My band director says that my headphone speaker is blown, but I hear it ...
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Which instrument is used in beginning of Make you mine (by Public) [closed]

In the very beginning of sound I hear piano and hi hat probably, but there is still a 3rd humming kind of sound which follows the chords I think what is it? I'm trying to make cover for the song and I ...
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Bass Guitar Nomenclature for Intermediate Players

My call for advice involves music nomenclature of intermediate-level bass players who can’t read sheet music. I am such a bass player, self-taught and want to take my playing to the next level. My ...
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Do electric bass players commonly play the notes of the current chord? [closed]

Do electric bass players commonly play the notes of the current chord? I'm assuming pop genres, rock, folk, etc, where bass is typically electric.
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Harmonic Slides on Bass Guitar

I recently saw a video where bassist Adam Neely did a harmonic slide on a fretless bass, and he said it was also possible to do on a fretted bass. I have attempted to do them but I cannot figure it ...
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E-bass tuned correctly but E string too loose

I'm self-taught and new to bass, and I tuned my bass today (E-A-D-G, E being the lowest), but the E String seems a bit loose (It hits the neck sometimes, and I can bend it much further than the other ...
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Exercises for Faster Fretting

I am learning the bass guitar and was wondering if anybody had any good exercises for faster fretting? I can read bass clef well, but getting my hand to accurately move between neck positions fast ...
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Box shape for diminished scale on bass guitar

Does anyone have a box shape for a diminished scale so I can find it quicker on the fretboard?
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How to write down slap bass on score?

How could I write down slap bass (slap and pop) on sheet music?
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Help me identify the bridge on this Cort GB series bass guitar

UPDATED TO CLARIFY A COUPLE OF POINTS: The bridge has caused issues and failed in the same way before (note the slightly different saddle and tensioner screw on the A string). The teacher/parent has ...
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Is it possible to play an electric ukulele slap-bass-style?

I love the sound of slap bass and want to get something like that out of an electric ukulele, specifically a Risa Solid. I tried techniques from slap bass tutorials and can't get much sound out. Is it ...
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Calluses - are they really a necessity for guitarists?

Quite a few times I read on this site about calluses. How they are an important part of being a guitarist. How they help one's playing, how they really can't be avoided. Fair enough, when I started ...
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Low Eb on electric bass

I'm arranging a piece where the electric bass plays a low Eb on the recording. I think it's probably unfair to expect a bass player to perform in an alternate tuning just to appease this demand. ...
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Is there a name for music where only the bass instruments are used

I just love the bass, there are youtube channels with bass players that just do bass solo. Is there a name for this. I can't find anything on spotify that resembles for example this:
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Is Iron Maiden's "The Trooper" bassline hard to learn, or is it very hard to learn?

A little history - I started playing the bass in high school, but when I moved out of my parent's house for my studies I couldn't keep up practice. During the first bout of quarantine, I was itching ...
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My B string on my bass keeps hitting the pickup

I went to record bass for my band a while ago and in some fills or moments I use the B string on my 5 string Sire Bass. Sometimes though, the Low B accidentally hits the pickup which makes a loud ...
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Bass guitar strings

I am playing my bass for the first time in two years. I got it out yesterday to prepare and the g-string was loose. Should I change the strings? It has been stored in its hard case and indoors. Please ...
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Determine Bass Fingerboard Position without Tab

If you are sight reading a piece of music from standard notation, without the tab, how is it possible to work out the position? I'm wondering if there is a trick, as I want to be really good at sight ...
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Why do the bass lines of some songs sound sharp to me? [closed]

I'm listening to the radio. Bob Marley's "Three Little Birds" came on and I was reminded that every time I hear this song the bass guitar, on the lowest note of the backing lick (or whatever ...
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Bass - Is it broken!

I’ve just bought a second hand Squier bass. When it arrived I immediately restringed it and that was when I noticed that the action was extremely high - Almost half an inch! I adjusted the saddles to ...
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A flat question [bass guitar]

What note is the note under FNG: 4? It’s A flat, how do you play A flat on the A string?
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How would you properly fret G and C on fret 3 of a bass guitar?

Looking at: 1 I have an exercise which requires me to play fret 3 G followed by fret 3 C at a tempo of 130. My natural inclination is to use finger 1 on G and then, without moving finger 1 (leave the ...
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Unintended chorus like effect when recording Fender P bass through Behringer Xenyx Q502USB [closed]

I'm relatively new to the home studio game. I have started recording demos using my Behringer Xenyx Q502USB as an audio interface. It mostly works fine - but when I record bass through it the sound is,...
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Mixing question about sidechain compression in the low range with the bass and the kick frequency

I have a mixing question. So I have a kick that's got a pretty good sub frequency, but I also have a bass line that does too. I'm struggling to have both parts hit the way i want. I've been ...
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