Blisters, sores and on stage volume
Just done another article on avoiding hand damage on stage. I used to get blisters at certain gigs even when playing loads with super calluses. I figured out I was overplaying because of being ever so slightly down on my volume without realising it. Worth considering the next time you can't figure out why you have sore fingers.
I posted this in the Technique forum but figured it might be related to General Instruction. Anyway, hope it helps someone somwhere.
Thank you, Mark.
Just my stage volume issues used to give me more expensive problems than blisters - I used to blow my bass speakers while playing rock/hard rock.
the "dynamically-ADVENTUROUS-Rugged-Mountain-Terrain" technique.
I prefer the "dynamically-rugged-and-more-expressive" bass playing technique.
(I know it will cause a ruckus in the academic bass community)
Different strokes for different folks.
Usually, I assume "a priori" that during the gig, the room filled with audience will provide me with enough the low-frequency sound, my ears will get "tired","other members of the band will start to raise their volume", etc...;
therefore, my EQ looks more like a letter, "A".
What's good, not a lot of musicians want to use/fill those "nasty" mid's.
NB - as you said in your article, sound/volume depends on the venue size/music style/music texture/etc...
Please note, if you are on tour with John McLaughlin, just don't touch that volume or EQ (Just kidding).
In addition, I've dealt numerous times with the following situation:
The sound engineer tells you, "Don't worry about the sound on stage too much. There is a big difference between the sound/tone/timbre on stage and the sound in the audience.
In the audience, your bass is rich, deep, etc..."
P.S. It's off the topic.
Have you ever tried 5 finger picking - thumb, index, middle, ring, and pinky?
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