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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 ...
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How to learn to play bass guitar from chord sheets as a rhythm guitarist?

I'm primarily a rhythm (acoustic) guitarist with a little bit of music theory. Mainly I play songs from a chord sheet in my church band, no score. I'm interested to learn a bit of bass as I was given ...
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What to use for Electric Upright Bass Amplification? [closed]

Lately, I've been fascinated by electric upright basses. It started with seeing one in a store, and now I've been looking at EUB's of all price ranges online. I realized, though, that I'm entirely ...
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Bass Guitar rasgueado?

How does Victor Wooten do that super-fast tremolo plucking? It looks like his fingers are always curled and right on top of the strings. Is he slapping with 3 or 4 fingers rapidly or is he plucking ...
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Do I need an amp for my guitar if I have an audio interface?

I've been playing the bass for a few years now and want to start recording some of my songs. I've also just moved cities and am trying to save on space/money/number of belongings, so I'm a bit unsure ...
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Low tuning recording

I play in a band that uses drop A tuning. That's 55Hz on guitar. That'd make 27.5Hz for a drop tuned 5 string bass? My question is, am I suppose to be chasing down studio monitors that can reproduce ...
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Lowered or drop tuning interchangeability

Let's say I want to play "Master of Puppets" by Metallica but I like the heavy sound of D standard. Can I play the riffs in that tuning using the same chord fingerings as in E standard to get the ...
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Could I turn a bass guitar into a large ukulele? [closed]

I'm a massive fan of having larger ukuleles and therefore if I got a bass guitar and replaced the strings and tuned it to a ukuleles standard tuning, would I have a working ukulele ?
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Brand new bass, annoying fret buzz

I know this question has come up multiple times here on this website, but I think that it's kind of strange to have fret buzz with a brand new bass. This happens most on the two middle strings, and I ...
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Plugging an Active Bass into M-Audio Profire

so I'm going to record direct input but apparently this bass is an active bass (which I think means there's a pre-amp built into the bass. Can I just plug this thing directly into my profire? Trying ...
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How do (bass) guitar players stop a note?

I don't play (bass) guitar, nor do I have a desire to. However, this question has been bugging me for quite some time now, as I have yet found the answer myself by viewing guitarists playing, mostly ...
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Bass picking technique

I play the bass in a metal band, so I usually need a pick to get both a more fitting sound and reach the right speed. But I cannot find the right technique to use it and I don't have much precision ...
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Re-harmonize the chord with the bass?

Hi i'm a bass player and as any other bassist i was looking to improve my bass skills and I've always wondered how I could change the root note of a certain chord to give it a different feel. For ...
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Can you strum a bass guitar?

I always had the idea that you can strum a bass guitar. An idea I got from watching Mark Hoppus play. Recently the bass teacher I know told me that you mostly play lead lines with a bass. I'm not sure ...
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Auto-bass accompaniment

Is there any kind of software or a DIY-hack, that can give one the effect of having a bassist, without actually having one. Of course, I do not expect it to be half as good as a real bassist, but ...
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Method Book questions

For those of you who are aware of it, I'm using the Hal Leonard bass method. I've been working on it for several months by myself and got to exercise 75 or so. However, everything feels so ...
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In MuseScore, is it possible to add tab to an existing bass notation so I'd get both notation and tabs for bass?

I'm using MuseScore 2 and I've been wondering: Is it possible to add tab to an existing bass notation so I'd get both notation and tabs for bass like you can have it for regular guitar? Basically I ...
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Lefthand to righthand bass guitar conversion

Can I simply rearrange the strings of this bass to make it right handed, without changing the pickups? Does the position of pickups matter?
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How to transpose music written for bass to flute?

My jazz band is playing a song called "It's About Swing," and I'm playing the flute for this song. However, there is not flute part written in the chart, so my band teacher gave me the bass part. (I ...