Questions tagged [electric-bass-guitar]

For general questions about the electric bass guitar instrument, and associated equipment such as amplifiers. Specific topics include history, general selection criteria, setup and adjustment, playing methods such as picked, fingerstyle (plucking) and "thumbstyle" (slapping), amplification questions,

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What does it mean for a bass player to play “on the one”?

I do not understand, as a bass player, what it means to "stay on the one", "on the five", etc. What do musicians mean when they tell the bass player to "stay on the one", or any other number?
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Help Identifying this bass

I found this (Vision) bass real cheap, and grabbed it just because I couldn't seem to find anything online , found a guitar that looked identical but nothing as far as a bass, I think its japan made ...
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Bass scale length pros and cons [duplicate]

For the last two years I’ve been seriously learning the guitar as my second instrument. I also bought a used low quality bass that I have been playing for the last 6 months or so. I am really enjoying ...
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Rolling Stones Sway guitar solo chord function

I enjoy jamming over Sway by the Stones. The final solo is C minor pentatonic mainly played over two chords, C major and Bb major. While I understand why you would use a minor pentatonic on a major ...
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Playing with other musicians

This is a soft question. I've been learning the bass for about 6 months now and I can play some odd time signatures with ease when I'm practicing alone. Recently, I've been playing with a couple of ...
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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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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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Why is my girlfriend's flugelhorn a semitone lower than my bass?

Firstly, I'll apologise in advance - I'm a self-taught rock 'musician' and I have virtually no knowledge of music theory (didn't stop me playing hundreds of gigs though!). I have a four-string 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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Muting with right hand fingers when going high to low?

I'm learning bass and I'm struggling to mute strings. I'm right handed. I'm practicing the floating thumb technique. So when I go from a low to high string (pitch wise, example: E to A), I can use my ...
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The secret of Fuzz?

I was chatting with a fellow bass player about my new line-up of effects pedals which my last gig enabled/required, and I commented that I had a "black rat fuzz" and when she looked at it she said, "...
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Connecting bass to a laptop

I'm learning the bass by myself and have been at it for 2 weeks now. I've been using the VOX AP2BS bass amp that goes directly into my headphones. However, I think it'll be more convenient if I can ...
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Amplifier set-up for electric bass if I will pretty much only use headphones [closed]

I recently moved into an apartment, and gave my old amps to a family member. The apartment has thin walls, so I will almost always be wearing headphones while practicing. I mainly play bass, but may ...
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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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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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Bass guitar: Fret distance formula

I just set off a new trip to the wonderful world of fretted instruments. I bought myself an electric bass guitar (cort c4h). My question to you is what is the formula of the fret distances along the ...
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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 identification--No name anywhere

Could someone help me figure out what kind of electric bass this is? I found it in my great-grandparent's attic. There is not a single word on this thing anywhere, and I can't find a similar model via ...
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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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Playing bass over a guitar solo

How does one create a walking bassline over a guitar solo? Certain song tabs tell you what key the solo is in at certain moments, so I can follow along there, but when I try to improve over a solo, I ...
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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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Does the neck length of a guitar affect its sound?

I'm a bass player but I dabble in guitar.If I put a 6 stringed bass neck on a guitar would it affect the sound at all ?
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What is a “horn” on a bass guitar?

What is a "horn" on a bass guitar? I saw a tag at Guitar Center on a bass guitar that said it was discounted because of a "cracked horn" and "reglued horn". I have a screenshot of the tag if needed.
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Electric bass scale length and pickup angle

While shopping for my first bass, I came across a combination I've never seen before: a used medium scale bass (32") with slanted pickups. A medium scale bass might be an easier transition for me ...
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Incorporate guitar amp in my bass rig?

I have a Hartke 30w bass amplifier with preamp-out and speaker-in jacks. It has a decent tone and plenty of bottom and head-room for the space (small theatre). But I also have a new Vox vt20x (20w) ...
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How to play minors and 7th chords using power chords

I'm trying to play various songs using only power chords. I'm curious to know how could I play the minors and the 7th chords using the power chords. Right now, all I do is use the drop-D tuning and ...
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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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How do bass effects differ from guitar effects?

I play guitar and often see people that try to use guitar effects with their basses and then share their thoughts. How do bass effects differ from guitar effects? And when does it not matter?
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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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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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Bass identification

I got a bass from a friend of mine and would love to know the exact model of it. All I know is, that it is an Aria Bass and that I can't find this model on their homepage. Maybe someone can help me ...
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From what guitar tuning downwards do you stop needing a bass player in a metal context?

With people tuning seven-string guitars do Drop G or using 8 and nine-string guitars and the playing in "genres" like Djent becoming more and more rhythm focused I've been wondering about the bass ...
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electric guitar, no noise for family

I played some electric and bass guitar in high school (15 years ago) I am now looking to learn how to play again, so my question is; is there a way to play without annoying the family? As in, can I ...
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How do you control hum without humbuckers?

I have a Hohner Professional B-Bass 4 string bass with 2 single-coils. Controls are neck volume, bridge volume, tone (which I assume is the cutoff on a lo-pass filter). I get serious hum when using ...
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What to use for Electric Upright Bass Amplification?

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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Guitarists: Back Pain After a Gig

I am playing long gigs with my band (6-7 hours long, once/twice a week) and a lot of movement is involved in making a show, also I am constantly "dancing" with the rhythm while playing. Also note that ...
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How to play two simultaneously notes on the bass guitar?

I am learning a song and need help reading the music sheet. I think the bass clef is for piano? Notes show up one on top of the other. I am assuming a piano player would play both notes with two ...
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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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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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DeQuervain's Tensynovitis

This question is for anyone with experience coming back from DeQuervain's. I have had this problem for a few months and generally things have gotten better. I'm noticing a bit of soreness when I go ...
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I play bass and want more from myself & my instrument

What is this the best way to go from an efficient intermediate bass player to a sought after, gigging musician? Also, I really want to get better at slap bass. Suggestions/insight?
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Fingers feel clumsy while playing bass guitar

I have been playing bass guitar again after a long hiatus for a few months now. However, I'm noticing that my hands often 'flub' notes even things that I played before successfully. I'm also noticing ...
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Building up stamina with my practice routine

For reference I'm an electric bass player who played three or so years at age 20. I took four years of hiatus and restarted a couple of months ago. My problem has been lately my plucking hand cramping ...
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Why does the neck of a bass get wider?

I've noticed in many basses (not sure if this happens in all of them), the top of the neck starts at a certain width and towards the bottom, it is wider. Here is an example: This happens to my double ...
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In an active/passive instrument, does the passive mode consume battery as well?

I have a Warwick bass that is both active and passive. For the active mode it requires a battery, while for the passive mode it does not. While I have the instrument plugged in and on the passive mode,...
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How is a jazz bass different from a normal bass guitar?

I'm trying to get a jazz bass guitar (active) and I've been looking at the Ibanez range. The only problem is that it doesn't quite say whether it is jazz bass or not for most of them. For example, how ...
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Bass Guitar Theory: playing with lead sheets

When playing with lead sheets (which is how I always play), I sometimes have a hard time when to go "off script" and go from boring old root-note playing to walking up or down and hitting passing ...