How many of you do this when playing bass?

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  1. AQUANOVA

    AQUANOVA Gold Supporting Member

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    I've noticed that there's something that I do subconsciously when I'm playing.
    I've been doing it a long time and have no control over it.

    Between phrases in a line, I move my left hand up the fretboard and then back, for no apparent reason.
    Just a quick exit from the position I'm in and then back, to start the next phrase.

    I was watching MarlowDK on YouTube today, and I noticed that he does the same thing. :)
    So now I'm rather happy that I do it.

    How many of you do this when you're playing?
    It seem as if it would be counter productive, but I just have to do it.
    Any ideas why?
  2. Plays_For_Dog

    Plays_For_Dog Supporting Member

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    Helps you keep time subconciously. It's like tapping your toe.

    I don't do it that often. I do have restless legs while playing. :/
  3. Salamenster

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    I do it occasionally, but than with the sound included. You know: "WHOOOOooooM". It's cool.
  4. MostlyBass

    MostlyBass Supporting Member

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    It's fun and can also be used as a muting technique. Nothing wrong with UNLESS it interferes.
  5. Tupac

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    I see pros do this all the time for seemingly no reason. Always wondered why they did this. I figured they just do it out of boredom and to look cooler.
  6. Kmonk

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    I do the same thing without thinking about it. I think its something I picked up from the first guitarist I played with. He was a huge influence on me and it was because if him that I started playing music.
  7. mellowinman

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    When my wife plays a rest or open note, she does something that looks vaguely like she's saluting. I don't know why, and neither does she. She just does it.

    I like to pretend it's necessary for my hand to be on the neck, as if playing is actually harder than it is, just like on keyboards, I often pretend to be playing with my left hand, when usually, I am not.

    We all have our ways, I guess.
  8. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

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    Like guitar players that turn up the volume knob between every phrase even though its been up all set?
  9. bobm2112

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    I do it to this day. I cant remember why or when I started. I bet I saw Cliff Burton or Steve Harris do it so I started and its been there ever since.
  10. bluewine

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    I'm not sure, I think I just stay in position.

    Blue
  11. smcfarland1337

    smcfarland1337 Supporting Member

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    Yeah I do it as well.
    I always without fail do it when I play Sunshine of Your Love.

    Da-dada *slide to nowhere* DA daa.

    Every time.
  12. two fingers

    two fingers Loud Mouth Know It All Blowhard Gold Supporting Member

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    I do it too. Especially when I'm playing a funk line or something with a lot of space in it. But people are always fascinated with the fact that I chew gum when I play, but I chew out of time. I get comments on that all the time. They say "How do you play one tempo and chew another?" I don't know. I just do.
  13. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough Supporting Member

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    Relieve muscle tension and reorient to "home"?
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I move my mouth almost like a silent mumbling.
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    Epitaph04 Supporting Member

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  16. david_aa

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    I do that when I'm soloing (I hate this silly movement). When I'm comping, I don't do that. I don't know why. Maybe it's a reminiscent of my past as rock guitarist :confused:
  17. DiabolicLow B

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    Yep me too, I've been doing it for years and when I am aware of it happening it really bothers me but I can't seem to stop!
  18. Gab124

    Gab124 The path is greater than the destination Supporting Member

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    I only seem to do it when I really feel like I am in the pocket. If I have any question as to being locked in or otherwise learning the song I don't.
  19. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

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    I always saw pros do it and wondered why, since it obviously doesn't do anything. Then as I practiced more, it just kind of happened and I figured "Oh...I guess I do that now."
  20. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Gold Supporting Member

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    +1 I was just going to post the same thing about the "Home" position and then read your post.

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