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12-string bass playing style

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Silverstar, Sep 17, 2002.


  1. Is it possible to play a 12-stringer fingerstyle or is it impossible to do this and play it with a pick.
    I really like 12-stringer but I do not like the tone of playing with the pick
     
  2. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    12-strings sound much better with a pick. If you play fingerstyle, the thick string will overpower the skinnier ones.
     
  3. masaru

    masaru

    Aug 8, 2001
    Okinawa, Japan
    Definitely need to use a pick. I've been 12 stringin' for 7 years and found it nearly impossible to play the beast fingerstyle. Try using a different EQ setting or stomp box to get the sound you want.
     
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    It's not impossible to play a 12 string with your fingers, but to really get those shimmering harmonics to come out, you probably need to use a pick.
     
  5. hey. just a little question. Whats the tuning for a 12 string?
     
  6. It's usually EeeAaaDddGgg--standard tuning with two octave strings.
     
  7. But isnt it more like

    eeEaaAddDggG

    Questioning the Smug Bastard, I am
     
  8. I have a friend who sets up his 12 string bass deE gaA eeD ggG, it sounds pretty cool, once you learn how to harmonize correctly