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Poll: Playing Beyond the Twelfth Fret

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

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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

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    How often do you play above the twelfth fret?


    Never
    Seldom
    Frequently
  2. grifff

    grifff

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    Seldom, but why not include an actual poll?
  3. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

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    I do it sometimes, but I definitely do not ignore the frets beyond 12.
  4. jackajesusfreak

    jackajesusfreak

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    New at this grifff, not sure what you mean?
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

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

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    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 :)
  6. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

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    ***? 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? ***!
  7. Wasted Bassist

    Wasted Bassist

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    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).
  8. NEGRONOMOUS

    NEGRONOMOUS

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    gotta work that neck bruh'
  9. stepswork4me

    stepswork4me Supporting Member

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    All 24 of 'em get used regularly.
  10. Jefenator

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    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).
  11. 5StringBlues

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    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.
  12. wes stephenson

    wes stephenson Supporting Member

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    frequently...
  13. spade2you

    spade2you

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    somewhat frequently.
  14. Jibudo

    Jibudo

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    Normally i just go above the 12th fret for some quick fills.
  15. johnny rg

    johnny rg

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    I kinda prefer to go across the strings than go up the neck, personally
  16. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge

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    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...

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  17. elavate7

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    its all about "THE POCKET"
    i never have to....and i love it. sometimes i never play past the 9th fret lol
  18. vin*tone

    vin*tone Supporting Member

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    12+ is good for chords and fills. But I'm usually down the funky end of the board.
  19. jackajesusfreak

    jackajesusfreak

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    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.
  20. Mr wiggl3s

    Mr wiggl3s

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    How can so many people dismiss that sweet sweet tone you get?

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