5/6 String for beginner?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by insomniax2, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. insomniax2


    Jun 26, 2008
    Thanks guys
  2. Wow! good story! I wouldnt bother with a 5 or 6 string. Just get used to playing the 4 in your unique technique. Perhaps grab a 4 string with 24 frets.
  3. Bass4LifeRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    Stingray 5? Tight spacing there.
  4. kaputsport


    Nov 14, 2007
    Carlisle, PA
    Atypical, not a typical...
    If you do go for anything, I might suggest either a 5 string strung E-A-D-G-C, or a six strung normal.

    I under stand the reach problem you have, but the only benefit you are going to have with more strings, is you will be faster moving up 4ths and so on....

    Just practice, and get a slim necked bass... Pedulla maybe?
  5. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I'd go to a music store and try a few basses.

    Do you find crossing the neck to work better than shifting up or down?
    If so, a 5 or 6 string is for you.

    How does the height of action or type of string affect your technique?
    Have you considered going lefty and playing thumb/slap style, which would
    not really use your index finger or pinky on your left hand at all?

    Also, if you describe your technique in more detail, perhaps others could
    suggest some more adaptations/instruments.
  6. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    I'd suggest a 5str. It allows more comfortable positions and it's narrower that a 6 str, (talking about same brand and model between 5 and 6 str)
  7. insomniax2


    Jun 26, 2008
    Thanks for the replies. I have no real style as of yet, but I'd see me going down the road of rock and jazz/blues and heading towards a bit of funk.

    I tried using a leftie but I just had no co-ordination, expecially with my rhythm hand. Might try a 5 string to see how I get on. Might need a few lessons on her!
  8. OK, I have a small hand - I was getting pains in my hand playing a wide-fretboard Yamaha RBX2375, so I eventually found a Hohner Pro B Bass V. This is a decent instrument manufactured by Cort in Korea with a thru' neck and EMG pickups - although it has a pre-amp, but this can be switched in or out.

    I find that playing with the traditional BEADG tuning I can play up the neck, reducing the stretch - eg I can play E on 5th string, 5th fret, G on 7th fret etc.

    This makes working across the neck easier which suits me.
  9. bassalo


    Jan 23, 2008
    Just thinking "outside the box", but have you considered switching to a left hand bass (assuming you are a righty)? I know it's pretty drastic, but perhaps your skill level ceiling would be much higher in the long run. Still able to pluck with 2 fingers (or use a pick) and still able to fret with 4 fingers. It would be difficult at first, I'm sure...I don't know, I'm just speculating.