Poll: Playing Beyond the Twelfth Fret

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by jackajesusfreak, Jul 3, 2010.


?

How do you play above the 12th fret?

Poll closed Aug 17, 2010.
  1. Never

    5 vote(s)
    2.3%
  2. Seldom

    103 vote(s)
    46.8%
  3. Frequently

    112 vote(s)
    50.9%
  1. jackajesusfreak

    jackajesusfreak

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    How often do you play above the twelfth fret?


    Never
    Seldom
    Frequently
  2. grifff

    grifff

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2009
    Location:
    Towson, Maryland
    Seldom, but why not include an actual poll?
  3. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2006
    Location:
    Coeur d'Alene
    I do it sometimes, but I definitely do not ignore the frets beyond 12.
  4. jackajesusfreak

    jackajesusfreak

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    New at this grifff, not sure what you mean?
  5. Register to disable this ad
  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002

    Joined:
    May 3, 2002
    Media:
    1
    Location:
    Connecticut
    Polls sometimes take a minute or so to appear when a new thread with a poll is opened; grifff probably opened the thread before the poll was visible.

    And I play around the 12th fret fairly often :)
  7. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2005
    Location:
    Los Angeles
    ***? Compared to brass instrument players, who have to struggle for years to develop high-range capability, do you have ANY idea how cool it is to to have wide-register capability if you simply pick a bass with more frets? How can you be a complete bass player without using the fat sound that obtains when you use the upper frets on your lower strings to get an even fatter, phatter sound? ***!
  8. Wasted Bassist

    Wasted Bassist

    Joined:
    Nov 11, 2008
    Location:
    Fargo, ND
    I usually stay below the 12th fret unless I'm playing a solo, in which case I like to use all the notes I can find. I had a solo in a piece a while ago that ranged from my open E to the second octave on my G string (24th fret).
  9. NEGRONOMOUS

    NEGRONOMOUS

    Joined:
    Mar 14, 2008
    gotta work that neck bruh'
  10. stepswork4me

    stepswork4me Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Mar 29, 2010
    Location:
    Across the creek from Cinci
    All 24 of 'em get used regularly.
  11. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2008
    Location:
    Oregon
    Depends on the gig of course, but yeah, those upper frets get used. Not just on the highest string, either (IME the E & B strings can really kill up around the 15th fret).
  12. 5StringBlues

    5StringBlues

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Location:
    Here we are...
    I play up there quite a bit,but usually just to get a fatter sound on swing tunes while palm muting to get an upright type tone.Never for solos,but I really don't care to take solos for the most part.
  13. wes stephenson

    wes stephenson Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2009
    Location:
    Dallas Texas!!!!
    frequently...
  14. spade2you

    spade2you

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2007
    Location:
    somewhere in middle America
    somewhat frequently.
  15. Jibudo

    Jibudo

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2010
    Location:
    Porto, Portugal
    Normally i just go above the 12th fret for some quick fills.
  16. johnny rg

    johnny rg

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2008
    Location:
    Dublin, Ireland
    I kinda prefer to go across the strings than go up the neck, personally
  17. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge

    Joined:
    May 11, 2001
    Location:
    Evansville, Indiana
    Frequently - if you don't answer this, why not just have frets from 1 to 12-14 like Scott Ian of Anthrax did with his Jackson "NOT!" guitars in the late-'80s...

    [​IMG]
  18. elavate7

    elavate7

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2009
    Disclosures:
    its all about "THE POCKET"
    i never have to....and i love it. sometimes i never play past the 9th fret lol
  19. vin*tone

    vin*tone

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Location:
    Ballaarat, Ostraya
    12+ is good for chords and fills. But I'm usually down the funky end of the board.
  20. jackajesusfreak

    jackajesusfreak

    Joined:
    Mar 5, 2009
    As the original post guy, I guess I should weigh in. As of right now, I have one song that I play above the 12th.
  21. Mr wiggl3s

    Mr wiggl3s

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2009
    Location:
    Bismarck
    How can so many people dismiss that sweet sweet tone you get?

Share This Page