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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Choosing a (baritone) guitar for stoner rock

I would like to buy a baritone guitar, but I can't figure out a way to choose the 'best' (with a 700e budget approx),also I am not sure if its a good idea to purchase one. If I could try such guitars ...
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No sound from bass guitar unless strings are hit very hard: dead preamplifier?

My electric bass guitar (Yamaha RBX374, active pickup) suddenly stopped producing any sound. Only if I play the strings very hard, I do get some noisy tone. Here's what I tried: I suspected it was a ...
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Why are notes always written in all-caps instead of C..B and then c..b for the next octave (E-Bass)

According to the positions of the notes on the sheet, the plain strings of an electric bass should be E,A,d,g with the latter two written in lower case because they belong to a higher octave. ...
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Will using flatwound bass strings take emphasis off of my slap tone?

I've never gotten a chance to play a bass that has flatwound strings, but I've heard from people who have. They usually say that it completely changes the sound, but that they feel amazing for your ...
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How do you play bass guitar with headphones?

So I own an audio interface, and the headphone jack is massive. My headphones are the kind that you can plug into an Iphone (3.5mm?) so I put an adapter over it. I then plug my bass into the interface,...
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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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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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Simple Recipe for Guitar-Piano Duo

I would like together with a friend and play songs together. I play both the piano and guitar, and he only plays guitar. I tried it first by recording myself playing a pop song on the piano (only ...
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Headphones impedance for bass guitar combo/DI box

I used to practice my bass through my pair of old - trusty - worn Grado SR80 headphones which sound amazing, but they are 8 years old already and seem to have a blown dynamic (buzzing on low ...
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Are straplocks better than a locking strap for performing?

I have a really heavy (I mean really heavy) bass guitar. I currently have a strap that locks onto the strap holder, but I'm worried that that could cause problems. When I perform, I like to do lots of ...
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Bass neck have a crack, following wood lines

First a couple pictures: I have a bass that has a crack on the neck. It looks like it follows the wood pattern, but since it's so clean, I think it's more glue related. This happened after transport ...
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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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Why Does Overdrive cause Low End to lose?

When running the bass signal through the OD pedal, the signal gets compressed and this adds harmonic overtones and increases the level of highs and mids to the signal. Q: When people say the ...
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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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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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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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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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Bass amp combo for open mics and acoustic gigs? [closed]

I'm buying my first bass amp combo. My band plays in open mics and acoustic gigs. Drummer is playing a cajón. I'm not looking for a specific model although that would be helpful. Shopping around, I'...
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Difference between “hi” and “low” on amps?

What is the difference between "hi" and "low" input jacks on guitar / bass amps? Usually bigger amps have both of them (didn't see them on smaller ones really)..
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What factors contribute most to the tone of an electric guitar?

This question may appear slightly open ended, so I'm trying to word it as carefully as possible to keep it on track. Looking to change pickups in my basses lead me to looking at Seymour Duncan ...
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

I just need your thoughts regarding left hand guitar players. I come from a piano- and xylophone-playing family. I am the only right hander in my family (my father, mother and 3 brothers are all left ...
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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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Why is my bass eating up 9 volt batteries like candy?

My Ibanez Soundgear SG6 is eating through brand-new 9v batteries in a matter of days... I've been testing it for a couple weeks now. I'll replace the battery (right out of the package,) and after 2 to ...
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Bass sound in “Hero” by Mariah Carey [closed]

I really like the sound and liveliness of the bass at some points in the song Hero by Mariah Carey as heard on her Music Box album. Here are the main moments where it happens in the official album ...
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Night practice - Electric Bass or Guitar - Which one is quieter

Background I have been a harmonica player for about 2 years now, and used to play the guitar. But since having children I have only free time at night. That's why at first I decided to retake guitar ...
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How should I think when I arrange music for tuba AND electric bass?

I'm arranging a lot of music at the moment, and I find it difficult to combine tuba and electric bass. For most parts, I just make them equal with very few exceptions. For example, I do make them ...
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Bass guitar fret buzz: should I care?

I'm a beginner electric bass guitar player. I've been doing a tonne of practice, mainly late at night, so I've been using headphones. Today I tried playing something without the headphones, and was ...
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What to expect in a jazz audition

Context: In my city, the government is going to open a music school for free. In two weeks they going to make auditions for the jazz class for beginners, intermediate and advanced players. I play the ...
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What are some good suggestions for a bass player's plucking fingers?

As a bass player I have run into situations where my fingers feel dry or sweaty and it ends up affecting my playing. When the fingers are dry, I end up getting a lot more friction, which has caused ...
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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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Acoustic guitar chords' positions vs those of a Bass guitar

I will appreciate who can acknowledge me about the differences of chords on an acoustic guitar's fret board with that of a 4-string Bass guitar. how could we perform one's chord on another's and how ...
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Why can't I hear fret buzz through the amp?

I could hear the fret buzz when playing bass unplugged. But once plugged through the amp. I could not hear the fret buzz anymore. Why are pickups not picking up the fret buzz? Or do I have to crank ...
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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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Lowering the action on a bass guitar

I have obtained a rather cheap P-bass imitation bass and, while it plays well in the lower register, about the 9th fret the action starts to rise and after the 12th fret it's in to the "wow, this ...
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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 pickup height adjustment

I've recently set up my bass with the help of this youtube video: I'm really happy with it but one question remains. Fender recommends 2mm space between the ...
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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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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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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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Fix loose bridge saddle screw

One of the bridge height adjustment screws keeps coming loose on my Precision Bass (leftmost screw in the picture). The screw doesn’t feel loose when the height is properly adjusted, but the E saddle ...
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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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Bass-guitar online exercises for not-beginner

I'm an intermediate bass guitarist, and I want to improve my left arm fingers work, and improvisation during bass solo. I think I should learn not only by simply remember some tabs by famous 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 sound in Ride the Lightning

I have listened to Metallica's Ride the Lightning over and over again, but never paid an attention to the crunching bass sound Cliff Burton uses at some places in the song. Any idea how does he get ...
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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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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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What are the disadvantages of buying a short-scale bass guitar

I'm considering buying my first bass. I already play guitar, and find that even though I'm an adult, stretching to a fifth is a struggle -- so handling a bass with its more widely spaced frets is ...
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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 ...