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I wouldn't like to say it isn't possible - I'm sure there are lots of videos out there on youtube claiming to feature 'shred' bass. But compared to guitar, there are a few things that will slow you down: To get a full, bassy sound out of a bass string, you need to pick or pluck it quite fully; so 'brushing' it as you would with fast sweep picking won't ...


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As long as you're not expecting it to sound like a loud bass amp., yes, it'll be fine. Obviously you're not going to take it to gigs, but certainly for home or garage practice it'll be fine. Just make sure it doesn't get loud enough to distort - as at that point, it may well not be the amp's inbuilt distortion, but the speaker starting to break up! I'd be ...


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I’d like to add something to the good advice you have already received and offer some specific things you can practice. Some great exercises for learning to make positional shifts are practicing scales and patterns up and down on one string. Fingering depends on whether you are a 1 finger per fret (1-2-3-4) or upright style (1-2-4) player. As an example, ...


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One great skill that helps leaps - and all playing on bass is using all of the digits. Using a pick inevitably slows this sort of playing. You have (in this case) four strings, and five digits with which to play them. If the pinky gets left out of the equation, there are still enough for one per string, and with the hand positioned, one hovers over each ...


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Assuming you play standing up and/or use some kind of strap, make sure your strap setup is working properly. You should be able to remove your hands entirely from the instrument without experiencing the neck diving to the floor, or other movement. In other words, the instrument should be balanced so that your hands can focus on playing the instrument, and ...


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Two things; Turn the bass amp volume up a few notches. Make things louder. You need to hear what you are doing, and make the mistakes sonically, painfully clear. From there, the improvements will also become sublimely, joyfully clear as well. Subtle palm-muting with your right hand will aid immeasurably the quick, dexterous practice motions of your left ...


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