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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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Is shredding on bass possible? [closed]

I am just asking if guitar-style shredding is possible on a 4-string electric bass.
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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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Am I going to be handicapped for attempting to study theory with a monophonic instrument?

The instrument that I intend to learn is the bass. The bass is what gets me excited to study theory in the first place. I've done a bit of reading on theory and I find it's fun to practice it on the ...
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Is the quickest way to learn a song to access the bass tab, rather than improvising?

I’ve been playing bass for nearly 2 years. I have an understanding of thirds and fifths. My music theory knowledge is very basic. I rely on bass tab to learn new songs. Is this acceptable or should I ...
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Wiring two pickups to a single volume pot on a bass guitar

If I wire two pickups to a single volume pot: Will they both work? Will they be wired in series or parallel? I suspect parallel but am hoping someone with more knowledge about this will know for ...
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How to create bass tabs based of guitar tabs

I have been learning Drawing Board by George Ezra on my Guitar. My friend plays bass but we can't find any tabs, so I was wondering if there is a way to match guitar chords with bass notes? Its a ...
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Is there a mistake in the begginning of September's bassline?

I love focusing on the basslines of the songs I like because I used to play the bass. While listening to September by Earth, Wind & Fire, I noticed that around 0:15 the bass is a bit off. My ...
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Is there a name for this common bass line?

I've heard this bass line in a number of songs, including Billy Joel's "Piano Man", "One Day More" from Les Miserables, and "Rambling Through the Avenues of Time" by ...
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I want to learn bass guitar

I'm a seventh grader and I want to learn how to play bass, and while I already have a guitar I need to learn how to play. I recently got invited to a friend's band because they need a bass player and ...
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Reliable or Repairable Ampeg amps

I've had an Ampeg SVT-7Pro for a few years and one of the ICE2A165 chips overheated. Apparently this is a common problem with earlier models of the amp. I took the amp to my repair man and he ...
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Does the Thunderbird actually need special strings?

I just got myself a brand-new Epiphone Thunderbird bass. I tried to get some new strings along with it, but was told it needs special (extra-length) strings due to its fairly big headstock. That seems ...
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Definition: Three ascending half steps as a phrase?

Is there an official definition used to describe a phrase constructed by playing three ascending half steps in quick succession, e.g. for a bass fill? I hear this used by a lot by John Taylor from ...
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Celtic folk music bass technique

Few days ago I joined a Celtic folk music band as a bass player. I've never play that kind of music, but I found it very different to play compared to rock music, especially with the right hand. ...
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Is it common for a 5 string bass to have a high B?

My school jazz band's bass player has a 5 string bass but it is tuned like a guitar with a broken 'E' string, but an octave lower. This means that the highest string is a 'B'. Is this common? I know ...
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Behringer Xenyx302USB (mixer) vs Behringer U-Phoria U2 (audio interface) [closed]

I am a bass player who is considering purchasing one of these. At a first sight, the Xenyx is just like a better U2, with more channels a controls. Is there any reason why it would be better to get ...
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What did I do wrong with the bridge of bass guitar when restringing?

I had my dad's bass guitar lying around (I play with it, but don't play it, if you know what I mean - I'm a drummer myself). I believe that it is a Stagg B300-SB Standard J. It had been lying unused ...
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Why does my bass buzz so much when plugged in

I plug my bass in and it starts buzzing right from the start, it plays, and sounds great, but buzzes...I tried different cords, and even different amps, same results..I plugged another of my basses in,...
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Do I need some amplifier for my VST instruments Ample Metal Eclipse and Ample Metal Rays to get the tone of Metal?

I want to tune these instruments to get the tone of metal especially metalcore tone. Here is my guitar Ample Metal Eclipse : and here is my bass :
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Is it OK to just replace the first 4 frets instead of all 24 on an Ibanez SR-300, because the first 4 were the only ones damaged by my negligence?

Ibanez SR-300 4 String bass guitar re-fretIbanez 4-String Bassneck DR-300
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How do I properly support a bass solo as a keyboard player?

As an amateur keyboard player, I am used to comping with (or against) a guitar solo, sometimes staying out of the way, other times harmonizing against it, or even just "responding" to its calls. On ...
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Using 3 fingers to mute particularly intense harmonics — is there a better way?

When playing the bass, I'm noticing a lot of hard-to-mute harmonics at certain points. Most of the time I can stop a note by easing off but still applying pressure with my fretting hand, and muting ...
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Sore fretting hand muscle

When I play basic major scale from 8th fret, as I go up the tempo my left hand starts ache. The muscle that is tight is the base of the palm, the one that's used by Karate masters to brake bricks :-) ...
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Is the main role of the bass guitar to give a pitch to the kick drum?

I was reading how the drum and bass are related in a band. Especially the kick. I think it's the main drum part the bass is listening to (?). My understanding is that the bass is giving the kick a ...
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Is it OK to have a missing ground wire in bass guitar output jack?

I was fixing some bad connection in a bass guitar output jack and realized that there seems to be no ground wire. Not sure because it's my first time but a short research seems to indicate that it is ...
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