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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, "...
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Help with string gauges for my vintage bass

I need help with my vintage 1956 Danelectro bass, its in a baritone style body and i believe its either a short or a medium scale neck. I'm just terrified of what gauge strings to give it, cause i ...
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Pain in hand while playing bass and hand positioning

I have been playing bass/guitar for around 2 and a half years, and still my left hand (fretting hand) hurts while playing and i need help with hand positioning my hand and wrist have to go to a 90 ...
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Fret buzz-Harmony H22

So I've been trying to look at ways to find fix fret buzz on my Harmony H22 bass guitar; it doesn't have a whole lot of buzz and I find it be on multiple frets. I'm not sure if it's just me or if it ...
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What is the difference between the speaker in a bass amp and sub?

I have a 12 inch 100 watt speaker in my bass amp and no subwoofer. The subwoofer I am looking to buy is also 12 inches 100 watts. Is there a difference between the actual speakers found in a bass amp ...
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Bass line melodies

Can a bassline act as the melody of a song or be the focal point over a melody in a song? Listen to the instrumental below for example. It sounds like the bass-guitar is the lead tune throughout the ...
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Bass guitar: how to avoid sound when string hits fret

I picked up the bass a few months ago, and I've noticed that when I'm playing something, the strings make loud clicky sounds when they hit the fret. This happens especially when I'm trying to play ...
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Bass needs a cleanin'

So I bought a used bass and I can tell the previous owner has stickers on it because the pick guard is an eggshell color and the shape of the stickers is still white. Any idea on how to clean this?
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Using a bass guitar on a guitar amplifier through a bass pre-amplifier?

I've read that plugging a bass guitar into a guitar amplifier is not advisable as it can fry the speaker. However, could a pre-amplifier solve this problem (adjusting output power and impedance). I'm ...
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Should I be worried about buzzing on my bass?

When playing the 4th fret string D there is a buzzing sound. You can't hear the buzzing when the bass is plugged into my amp, only when the bass is alone. Should I be worried about this? Any solutions?...
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String ordering - Top vs bottom?

I've always been dyslexic when it comes to this turn of phrasing - Top strings connote the strings at the top of the fret-board in my mind. Even after years of playing, I sometimes have to wrench it ...
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How much common ground is there between applied theory on guitar vs bass guitar?

I'm currently just getting into playing bass, as a guitarist. I've noticed that a lot of the online lessons I see are very similar to guitar lessons e.g: You MUST know all the notes on your fretboard ...
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How to get Steve Harris' bass tone?

I've recently tried a bass amp (without using a pedal) at a shop and it really sounded like Iron Maiden's Steve Harris' tone, so I bought it. When I tried it at home with my bass it still sounds just ...
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How to understand which bass strings are best for my Yamaha RBX 170?

I need to do my first strings change on my RBX 170 and I don't know which kind of strings I have to buy. How can I understand which one are best for it?
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My wrists hurt after playing bass for a long time

I've been playing bass for about 3 years, but only as a hobby. I've never had a teacher either. Usually I play for around 1 hour a day, sometimes up to 3 hours, but now I've got a gig coming up, so I ...
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How can i add simple bass guitar in my simple songs?

Hello i play guitar and sing for 1.5 year. I know the very basics of music theory, and i am writing and recording (with an audio interface) simple songs. With simple songs i mean just a guitar playing ...
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How to tell what is broken with my bass guitar

I have a weird problem with my bass guitar and I wanted to have some sort of background knowledge before I bring it in so I understand what the repairman is saying and/or so I don't get taken. I have ...
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What are the advantages/ disadvantages of 4 or 6 string basses for a beginner?

I've been researching the topic and I like the 6 string bass, but looking on YouTube, Yousician, and other resources, most guides on how to play the bass are for 4 strings. Even Yousician, which I was ...
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Active Bass with circuitry removed?

I have bought a 1989 fender MIJ Lyte bass. The owner took out the active wiring saying he likes the sound better. He offered to put it back. Whats the best advice here? Thanks in advance, Cheers alf
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Bass playing additional fifth below what it should

I have a Squier affinity j bass V that I bought about 9 months ago. It was working great but the last couple days for some reason when I play there hear a low fifth playing under the note.
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How do I try out a new bass before buying?

I am in the market for a new bass for myself (Schecter Stiletto 5-Studio), and none of the retail music shops (Guitar Center or Sam Ash) carry it because it's not a new model, and of course the ...
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Ridge along the backside of the neck of my bass guitar

Three months ago I purchased a Warwick Pro Series Thumb BO 4 string from my local music store and recently I've discovered a ridge that runs along the grain on the back of the neck. It appears the ...
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Do Scale Shapes change with different tunings?

All the scale diagrams I've seen are shown in E standard tuning. Would the scale shape change in another tuning, like Drop D for example? Alternatively, do I just keep the same scale shape regardless ...
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How is the “fuzzy” effect in Funk bass achieved?

I'm curious about the bass in the Funkadelic and Alegria songs. It sounds fuzzy to me, but when I search "fuzzy bass effect" I get videos that give a more rock/static sound than the warm/fuzz I'm ...
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open tunings for bass?

Long time bass [hack] player, also play a little bit of guitar, working on learning some music theory to expand my understanding of the mechanics of creating music. I'm curious about open tunings on ...
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Do the note positions on a U-bass correspond to a Bass guitar?

I can't find any images of the layout of notes on a U-bass fretboard. Would a fretted U-bass play the same as a bass guitar, but with a shorter scale? As far as I've found, the 4 strings share the E-...
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Can a U-BASS be considered a serious bass replacement in a band?

I'm quite taken with the idea of the Kala U-Bass - it's a bass in the form-factor of ukulele using special super-thick rubber strings. They look pretty well-built and the price suggests they are not ...
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Why are eighth notes seemingly so important in bass guitar?

In an effort to push through a plateau in my playing, I've started really digging into method books and even getting lessons (I'm mostly self-taught). Quite a few books, and my instructor have all ...
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Hum from amp when strings left open

I've started playing bass using an old one my father owned. It has not been serviced for ages as far as I know. I've plugged it in to a new Vox Pathfinder practice amp with a new cable. I notice that ...
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What should I consider when buying Bass pedals? [duplicate]

I've been playing guitar for some time, and recently switched over to bass. I've picked up a decent practice amp and have been diligently plucking away. I want to start digging into the different ...
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Should a new player start with flat or round wound strings?

This question discusses the differences in sound between flat/round bass strings: Flat-wound vs round-wound strings However as someone who doesn't yet play bass this doesn't help me too much. Are ...
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Why is it so uncommon to see electric basses with flat fretboards?

I am interested in this as I build my first bass and it took me the whole summer, so any ways to make the handbuilding process simpler, faster and still reliable. Classical guitars have flat ...