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Questions tagged [bass-guitar]

For questions about the bass guitar, whether acoustic or electric.

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Big amp at min volume vs. little amp at high volume?

Tim's answer at Can playing an amp at minimum volumes (<1%) be harmful to it? states that playing a large amp quietly is safe, but that the sound quality is often disappointing. Is the poor sound ...
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Can I play a electric guitar through a bass amplifier?

I am a bassist and I am looking for an electric guitar, but I don’t want to buy another amplifier. Can I play the guitar through the bass amplifier?
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Root notes different on bass [closed]

I'm a beginner on both piano and bass and having some weird issue when trying to play scales. I was playing A flat major pentatonic on the piano but when I tried that on the bass it sounds wrong but E ...
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My hand hurts after stretching exercises. What can I do about that?

I recently started playing the Bass and my teacher gave me an exercise to practice stretching my fingers. The exercise is that I should put my pointer finger on the 5.fret and my pinkie finger on the ...
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Need help identifying Korean-made bass

I am a work buddy who is in wants to sell a bass that he bought while stationed in Korea. Unfortunately there are no brand markings on it, and I have been unable to identify it by its body or ...
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How Do I Adjust The Strings On My Electric Bass?

I have an electric bass that I've been playing for a while now, and the action is very low. Although this can be nice and useful for slapping, it often makes the strings buzz, which is especially not ...
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How to play electric guitar and bass as a duet

Summary: I play electric guitar. My partner plays bass. What is the theory behind playing together as a duet and making it work musically. Please could someone point me to a good resource? I have ...
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Bass is picking up hum - did I damage the pickup?

I have this cheap copy of a 50s Precision Bass, which came with an ugly pickguard. So I made a new pickguard, and in the process of fitting it to the bass, I scraped off the protection tape on the ...
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Electric bass suddenly not transmitting any output

I play on a Carvin 5 string bass with active pickups. The other day while I was playing, my sound became suddenly very quiet and heavily distorted, until it eventually faded completely. I initially ...
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How to write a Swing Rhythm using tabs?

I'm tabbing out a song on bass, which consists partly of a swing rhythm. I'm wondering how to properly convey a swing rhythm (or more generally, triplets) using tabs. Here is the part as I've written ...
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Where do the natural harmonics fall on the bass guitar?

Do harmonics work the same on bass guitar as is the case with a regular guitar (Natural harmonics at the 7th and 12th frets) or is it different on the bass?
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Where should I put my thumb when playing bass guitar?

I just started playing bass guitar one month ago and my bass teacher told me that I should rest my thumb on the pickup. The problem with that is that my thumb slips off the pickup when I play. I find ...
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Bass line for blues in B minor

What are the notes of a generic bass line for a blues in B minor? Should one just play the notes of a B minor chord?
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What are some of the considerations for putting electric guitar strings on a bass?

After watching the linked video it came clear that putting regular strings on a bass has some groovy effects, Im just curious as to how bass pickups are going to work with strings that operate on ...
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Any good source, book, ebook on learning/practicing bass fills? [closed]

Hey Bass players and/or musicians, I am reallly in need of improving my bass fill playing, so I am in need of all sorts of suggestions where to gain knowledge and more practice from? Any website, ...
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Rendering 8va and 8vb with Abc notation?

I'm writing up a sheet of music for bass guitar in Abc notation and I'm getting irritated by having to type so many commas to place the notes in the range of the bass. Is there any way to set the ...
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Any ideas to write bassline for the chord progression [closed]

I want to write a bassline for a musical piece. Any ideas about how to write it along with the chord flow. For Example, the chord progression was Am|Em|F|G
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Fret markers on guitar necks

Given that classical guitar fretboards sometimes have no marker dots, why do virtually all other guitars have them? I guess the basic 5, 7 and 12 fret markers correspond to the first few harmonic ...
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Would it be possible to start learning bass guitar with a fretless bass?

I wonder if learning bass with a fretless is doable, because most of the music I play is Jazz. I have no prior experience in fretless instruments, I have played jazz guitar for 3 years, and want to ...
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Is there a name for when the notes of a bass guitar slowly go up and down

There is a thing I have noticed in a bunch of songs where the bass guitar plays slowly and the notes go up then down and back up again. This is one example I found where it's pretty clear but I have ...
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Tips for beginner guitarists and bass player to practice together?

Once two beginner players, guitarist and a bass player, get together for practice, it can easily end up in disaster. I would like to know how to make it workable, with which easy songs, maybe backing ...
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Practicing triads/sevenths or both?

For eg, if we are learning the key of C, do we need to Learn all triads ie. ceg, dfa etc or can we just learn 7th chord qualities like CEGB, DFAC etc. and those will indirectly give access to the ...
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guitar keys, capos and the effects on playing bass

I am playing bass for a church retreat. The guitar players will change keys by moving their capos. What is the easiest way for me to tell what the new key I should be playing in on the bass. I know ...
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Bass Guitar Metallic Ringing / Resonance?

I have a MIM Fender Jazz bass from the early 2000s that has sounded ridiculously good... until just last night. I noticed that now when I play the A string open there is a very strange acoustic noise ...
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Left hand bass muting when playing the first fret

I've been practising a piece that plays the open A-string followed by the E-string at the first fret. Normally I would just mute the A string whilst fretting the next note, but because it's only at ...
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Walking bass line/chord help

I've been playing bass for about a year, so pardon my question, what is the relation between chords, arpeggios and scales? I always learn and played scales, but in order to learn this new jazz ...
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Is it normal that my bridge is this low the sides?

Since a few weeks ago, I have been noticing that the outer screws of my bass's bridge (the 1st and 8th one in the picture below) are completely "unscrewed". This means that the outer ends of the ...
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Piano questions from a former bass player: Is it better to think in note names or think in intervals?

So I was a (mostly Funk/Jazz) bass player for a long time, and as a bass player, I had a strong understanding of music theory. The reason that I had such a strong practical/intuitive understanding of ...
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Im having issue with my bass guitar

I'm new to bass, and I just got a new 200 dollar fender. The issue that I'm having is a clanging noise when I play in the upper frets. The strings are a lot higher from the upper frets than the ...
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I want to start recording some bass riffs in FL studio to use them later in making songs. What are good practices for this?

I have heard before it is good to record clean audio in a separate track and apply effects later. I am very new to this and any advice would be appreciated.
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Very little time to learn pretty complex songs. What should my strategy be?

I got invited to join this band. They've got plenty more experience than I do, but I've been playing with one of the members for quite a while and, I guess, I wasn't doing so bad, since he's now ...
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What do I need to consider when changing to a Bassist Vocalist from Guitarist Vocalist

I have played the guitar for about 17 years now and I have become quite comfortable with the instrument. I have also been singing for about two years and though its not a very long time, I am okay at ...
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How do I achieve this bass tone?

How do I achieve the bass tone that can be heard at the beginning of this song? What combination of playing technique and equipment is being utilized here? Does this kind of sound have a name?
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Bass buzz how do I fix it?

I’m quite new to playing the bass guitar and I’m hearing a lot of buzz. I mainly play with my thumb. Could that be contributing to it? I do play somewhat hard and I’m trying to calm down with it, but ...
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Approach notes on bass guitar clashing with vocal

When I write bass lines, I find that they sound better with approach notes but I also find that sometimes the approach notes clash with or clutter certain run-in vocal phrases that start with a few ...
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Finger picking on bass vs finger picking on guitar

I'm learning bass after playing guitar for a long time. Anyway, it seems that the bass finger picking style is significantly different from the style I would use on the guitar. The standard bass ...
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Can an F# replace an A?

I play the bass in a band. We are playing Ray LaMontagne's "A Falling Through." The chords for the intro and verses are C/G and F, but our guitarist prefers playing C Cmaj7 Am and F. The problem ...
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How did I make this noise?

This is a really specific question, but I was fooling around on bass guitar and made a really cool (imo) noise which I couldn't replicate afterwards. I happened to record it. If someone could tell me ...
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How to change bass guitar tuning in Sibelius 8?

How can I change my bass guitar tuning? In this case I want to have a whole step down standard tuning (DGCFAD) (for 4 string bass it should be DGCF). How can I do it?
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When creating a bass line, how do I know what notes I'm allowed to use?

I've been playing bass for about two years now. I've learned plenty of beginner/intermediate songs and play with some friends about once a week. I have no problem playing the songs, but I kinda just ...
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Bass Guitar Strings for Chordal Playing

So I play a lot of chords on bass, (I loop a progression and walk over it) my chords sound good besides the fact that my strings are outdated and kinda give them a bad tone. Does anybody have an ...
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Melody vs harmony and context

When a song is playing, what the bass is doing is called harmony. But what if you mute all the other tracks: would the bass alone be called a melody?
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How do I approach music theory practically?

I am an amateur bass guitar player. At some point I decided to do something about my lack of theory knowledge. Now I know a few basic scales and can read sheet music in simple keys (from zero to one ...
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How to cut off a pick noise a little bit using an equalizer?

Maybe this question has an answer already, but search bar didn't help much :( So I have my bass guitar part (in MIDI) and I'm using IK Multimedia MODO BASS as my bass guitar emulator (synthesizer or ...
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How to understand a minor chord using the harmonic series?

I play bass guitar and I have often wondered why a bass note would synchronise well with both major and minor chords of say a piano when we consider the harmonic series. For instance, the C Major is ...
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Practice for skill maintenance with busy life

When I was younger I learned piano to grade 6 level, and I also picked up some bass guitar along the way. I enjoy playing music and composing from time to time. But life is busy (PhD thesis/work/etc.) ...
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Chord chart - who plays what part

When looking at a chord chart like the following, D G/D D Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound Looking specifically at the G/D, is it true that typically the bass guitar plays ...
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Having trouble understanding my homework

I have some questions about this and my teacher is not understandable at all so I came here looking for answers. I am supposed to write a bassline that has C Am F and G chords on a provided ...
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How does a Guitar Sustainer Clamp work?

I've encountered a few stores peddling sustainer clamps, and am absolutely blown away by the idea that they could do anything at all. Can a solid metal clamp on the headstock of a guitar or bass ...
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How do pink floyd create their groovy basslines?

I'm heavily inspired by Roger Waters' basslines, and they are the reason I picked up bass - Yet, there's a problem -- I can't find any tutorial on how to create basslines like they do. For example, "...