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bassses that are easy to play?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dogenzenjisamsa, Dec 28, 2012.


  1. dogenzenjisamsa

    dogenzenjisamsa

    Dec 28, 2012
    hey guys,

    I've been playing bass for about 8 years now, and just recently I've been getting pains in my fretting hand, and I believe that I have lost some strength in this hand :( I had a really bad technique, as I was never given lessons and whenever I stretch my hand over 4 frets (1 finger per fret) starting at the first fret on the neck, I get a sharp pain in the middle of my hand. I have some strain playing when the instrument is tuned standard, and I'm only really comfortable when its flattened a half step.

    I'm thinking about buying a new bass, and I was wondering if you all new any specific model bass that is really easy to play in standard tuning/doesn't require much effort to fret. I heard rick's are good, and i've always wanted one, but I wanted to know if any other ones were good

    Thanks :D
     
  2. jabsys

    jabsys

    Mar 30, 2011
    UK
    If it's fine half a step down, why not just use lighter strings tuned to standard?
     
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  4. Try some short scales with low action.
     
  5. dogenzenjisamsa

    dogenzenjisamsa

    Dec 28, 2012
    It's at the lowest action it can be without buzzing, and i have d'addario super light strings
     
  6. EagleMoon

    EagleMoon

    Jul 13, 2007
    Wexford, PA
    I don't know what kind of strings you use, or how the setup is on your bass. But you might want to try getting a setup and see if your action is high. Or you could try some round core strings, like DR Highbeams or Sunbeams. They're a little more flexible than a hex core string and easier to press down to the fingerboard.
     
  7. Tupac

    Tupac

    May 5, 2011
    -Low Action
    -Thin neck (if you play with the thumb in the back instead of over)
    -Light strings

    Sounds like you need an Ibanez or a Fender Jazz.
     
  8. dogenzenjisamsa

    dogenzenjisamsa

    Dec 28, 2012
    also, I play a fernandes J bass
     
  9. dogenzenjisamsa

    dogenzenjisamsa

    Dec 28, 2012
    how much does a set up usually cost? my friend actually just got me a short scale squier jaguar, but i haven't messed around with it since i'm on vacation at the moment
     
  10. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    76227
    Ibanez SR basses are super easy to play.
     
  11. +1
     
  12. Set your bass up with low action. Use 1-2-4 fingering.
     
  13. RxFunk

    RxFunk

    Dec 2, 2012
    Arizona
    Cost will vary depending on where you take it. I pay $40(without strings) for mine, set up by a professional luthier, but I've seen where people pay more and even some who pay less.Count on paying about $70-$80 if you get strings with it.
     
  14. Tvrtko

    Tvrtko

    Dec 27, 2002
    South of the USA
    Keep working. Pain is good when practice. Keep playing on the first 5 frets (one finger/fret) up and down until you can do it 10 minutes without screaming of pain. Than make break and try again after 1 or 2 hours. Keep playing. You will see after some time you will be superman. It just takes time to make fingers used to unnatural movements.
     
  15. dogenzenjisamsa

    dogenzenjisamsa

    Dec 28, 2012
    are they quality basses though? i always heard they were for beginners
     
  16. sprag

    sprag

    Sep 15, 2011
    Melb Australia
    Maybe try adjusting your strap or the angle of the neck while playing (I get wrist issues if I have the neck too low/strap too long). Also have a look in the technique forum for warm up scales I find I play better, cleaner and have less strain in my hand through longer sets if I do 5 or 10 min of scales before hand.
     
  17. or you'll develop horrible tendinitis. Proper technique makes for efficiency and is much easier on the joints.
     
  18. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike Supporting Member

    May 27, 2011
    I disagree. Pain is not good when playing.

    For beginners, there can be a little muscle soreness just as with any form of exercise, or a little soreness in the fingertips, and that's a sign to stop for the day.

    The OP, however, has been playing for years and talks about a sharp pain in the center of the palm. That definitely sounds like something is wrong.
     
  19. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike Supporting Member

    May 27, 2011
    Ibanez SR series runs from the cheap beginner basses to the Premium series which are over $1000. They make some nice stuff.
     
  20. dogenzenjisamsa

    dogenzenjisamsa

    Dec 28, 2012
    thank you all so much- i really appreciate all of your replies.

    my last question would be, are rickenbackers hard to play? its always been my dream to play a rick, but are they tough on the hands
     



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