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Should Bass Hang Low Or High

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by anon65884001, Mar 8, 2009.

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Should Bass Hang Low Or High

  1. Really High - Bass Almost Touching Your Chin

    2.3%
  2. High - Bass Barely Touching Your Belt

    31.6%
  3. Mid - Bass On Your Belt

    53.9%
  4. Low - Right Arm Strait, Bass Barely Touching Belt

    6.4%
  5. Really Low - Back Bent, Bass On Knee

    1.5%
  6. Doesn't Matter, High Or Low Doesn't Affect Anything

    4.2%
  1. anon65884001

    anon65884001 Guest

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    Hey all
    A question for everyone
    Should bass hang low or high
    Here is my thought on it,
    With low bass, some people find it easier for plucking
    Picking, i doubt
    But the main shortage of this is the left hand technique,
    Like you can feel your wrist having troubles on low strings, high frets
    But, there is a reason why younger people tend to play lower than older people
    Why do we play bass?
    To look cool, that is a huge factor that makes people play low
    Anyway, because of the left hand, some people go a bit higher
    What's the advantage of that?
    Picking is a lot easier now, plucking can be easier or harder depending on people
    Left hand is a lot more relaxed now
    And you still look bit cool
    But even if the left hand is alright,
    Some people go even higher
    When the bass is really high
    Right hand technique, both picking and plucking, can be easier or harder depending on people
    However, left hand probably will feel better for almost everyone
    Again, there is no perfect solution for all
    But there is a solution for me
    Mid, period
    I pluck and pick, so even if i like plucking low, i put it up by a bit for my picking and left hand
    And i pluck with two fingers, one thumb, like mike dirnt, jason mccaslin, or paul taite
    And the pain on my left hand is gone now,
    And i don't look too bad with my fender jazz 24
    What's your solution...
  2. PBass101

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    The most typical, and for most bass players the most comfortable position is to hang your bass at the same height relative to where it's at when you sit down with it. But it's really subjective and each person is going to want it differently, so try it at different heights and see what you like the best.
  3. Amitio

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    I have my strap set ever so slightly lower than where the bass is when im playing sitting down. Just a lot easier to play.

    I used to think haveing it low looked cool, but id rather be able to play well and than look cool! just me though, Im no poser:)
  4. alembicguy

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    High and tight!
  5. Qvist

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    Low for the show!
  6. therex

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    i have a very light touch with a pick so i preffer low, but for slap i put my bass a bit higher
  7. SpamBot

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    I find its harder to play fingerstyle with a high bass, as I come in from above to gallop, with my thumb hooked over the top of the bass. I would call this "Low" but from your descriptions in the poll, its "Mid"
  8. John Wentzien

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    Disclosures:
    Artist:TC Electronic RH450 bass system
    Same height as sitting for me.
  9. rockiezz

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    How could we ever get a good buckle rash without it being straped mid to high, lol.
  10. cnltb

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    The bass should hang at a hight where is comfortably playable up and down the neck.
    All regions should be accessible without too much strain.
    IMO
  11. Jay Bird

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    I find if I play where I sit then my shoulder gets to hurting I prefer around the belt if not a little lower. I pick and pluck, and have no difficulty with either.
  12. stoo

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    How high is your chair though? :D


    I find somewhere around waist height tends to work best for me.

    Any higher is easier on the fretting hand but less comfortable for the other - my hand feels at the wrong angle for slap, and having to have my elbow bent too much makes fingerstyle a pain too.

    Lower is more comfortable for my right hand... well, down to a certain point anyway, but obviously makes fretting harder.
  13. Craig_S

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    Me too. I can't stand it down too low. I have trouble playing that way. Not that I'm a phenomenal player, but I'd rather play well than look cool.
  14. hrgiger

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    Everyone knows, the lower you put it, the more $$$ you make...;)

    [​IMG]

    Actually I like mine mid/low...
  15. cassanova

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    Mine is about the same place while sitting and standing.
  16. chrisisnotevil

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    it depends, my jazz v in my metal band sits just a smidgen below my belt cos that's easier for playing with a plec for me, and i don't really do that much high business up the neck. when i'm playing my sixer i play with my fingers, and mostly totally different styles of music, so it's the same sat or standing cos of the benefits to my left hand technique. different tools for different jobs i guess...
  17. WhiteKong

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    when people wear their bass really low it just makes them look like a tool.
  18. rarisgod

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    See, if you ask me, this alone is proof of why it should be worn higher.

    Anyway, I prefer mine to be high. Not so high I can't play it, but fairly high.
  19. waynobass

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    Kudos for a poll that made me laugh out loud!
  20. cjbhunter

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    i have it high mids its easyer to tap and just do what i do when i play

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