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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

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


    Never
    Seldom
    Frequently
     
  2. grifff

    grifff

    Jan 5, 2009
    Towson, Maryland
    Seldom, but why not include an actual poll?
     
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  4. CapnSev

    CapnSev

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

    jackajesusfreak

    Mar 5, 2009
    New at this grifff, not sure what you mean?
     
  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    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

    Oct 31, 2005
    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

    Nov 11, 2008
    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

    Mar 14, 2008
    gotta work that neck bruh'
     
  10. All 24 of 'em get used regularly.
     
  11. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    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. 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. somewhat frequently.
     
  14. Jibudo

    Jibudo

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

    johnny rg

    Nov 24, 2008
    Dublin, Ireland
    I kinda prefer to go across the strings than go up the neck, personally
     
  16. 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]
     
  17. elavate7

    elavate7

    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
     
  18. 12+ is good for chords and fills. But I'm usually down the funky end of the board.
     
  19. jackajesusfreak

    jackajesusfreak

    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.
     
  20. Mr wiggl3s

    Mr wiggl3s Banned

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



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