Originally Posted by MrLenny1
Jim K's comment on "...the advanced player will not use open strings.
One reason for that is recording, i.e. over ringing.
Studio cats have to play very clean.
OK...that makes some sense. Although Jamerson used open strings alot (including the D & G)...could be his Labella strings were so dead they were devoid of any ringing.
Just looked it up- Mel Bay Bass Method
1st published in 1963. Did any bass strings "over-ring" back then?
I have that book stashed somewhere; I want to re-read that section & see if I missed an explanation.
I am now wondering if Mel Bay's eschewing open strings was related to "Boogie" patterns...for ease of transposing, it would make sense to play everything in closed position.