Approach to a 6 string
Just to let you know I am a huge fan of yours
Ive just recently purchased a 6 string and really want to utilise the whole bass when playing. What approach would you tell people to take that are just starting out on a 6 string ?
For me, it's always about increasing my knowledge base(bass). It does matter how many strings, I want to know as much about the bass as I can. And I want to know as much about music as I can. And I let the 2 things work together.
By the way,...
A 24 fret 6 string bass has 150 notes on but only a range of 50 notes.
A 24 fret 4 string bass has 100 notes. But it has a range of 40 notes.
So the 6 string I described above actually only has 10 more notes than the 4 string that I talked about. And 5 of the notes are lower than the lowest note on the 4 string and the other 5 are higher. So it's not really an advantage in the range of notes.
The 'advantage', if you want to call it that, is the options that you get with multiple positions.
The 2nd fret on the C string is a D(146 Hz). The 7th fret of the G string is a D(146 Hz). The 12th fret of the D string is a D(146 Hz). The 17th fret of the A string is a D(146 Hz). The 22nd fret of the E string is a D(146 Hz).
You can only find that frequency 1 time on the piano.
Bass is about options. Piano is about range. And an extended range bass even offers more options.
So I think the advantage that you have with the 6 string is to exploit those options. Sounds exciting to me.
But that's even more options than I want.
Do yourself a favor, learn all 150 of the notes. Learn as much about that bass as you can.
Just don't forget that you're a bass player first(I guess). So many bass players with a high C string play baritone guitar parts and not good bass. It's gotten to the point that I twinge a little when I see a high C string, especially if there's not a low B string on the bass.
Chanced upon this post and it is very enlightening. I have owned a 6 string for close to a year and have been using it as a "range extender" so far, and hence never really inclined to practice on it.
From today on ill pick up my 6 string again and practice with what u said in mind.
Thanks for being such an inspiration.
If nothing else,...I'm always logical and efficient! My girl hates that about me except when I'm talking about music.
Music is an art and a science. It needs to be studied and practiced both ways!
Am doing my slowly I started with a low B 5 string bass and now working on a High C 5 string Bass and next month in a Half going to get my Six string.
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