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5 String or stick with 4

Discussion in 'Ask Anthony Wellington [archive]' started by scottie65, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. scottie65


    Jul 31, 2013
    Hi Anthony,
    I think I had seen you and Victor on a video once and all I can say is that you two are awesome. My question is that I am wondering if I should try going to a 5 string bass and if so what are some of the advantages of having the low b note. Is there that much music out there that one would use it or is it something just good to have in case a person wanted to do more solo playing? Just trying to get a little advice.
  2. Ant Wellington

    Ant Wellington

    Jan 4, 2011
    Hey Scottie,

    I guess everyone's reason for playing extended range basses is different. I don't think play a 5-string with a low B for soloing. I think people general add higher strings for soloing and chording. But the role of the instrument(and it's name) suggest 'foundation'. The low B is conducive to the role of the instrument.

    But adding strings also add options. You more places to play the same notes(frequency).

    I started play 5 string basses to cover the synth bass in a lot of Pop sings. Then I got used to the benefit of having multiple versions of the same notes. It's actually 'harder' for me to play a 4 string bass than a 5 string bass.

  3. Bassman197835


    Oct 31, 2013
    I just swapped a few weeks back after 15 or so years with nothing but a 4. It was a touch tricky for me! at first cause I kept hitting G for a C,B for E and so on. Habit was telling me the B was my E string. But I'm getting more accustomed and although I'm not using the B string that much yet!! I dont think I'll be going back. After a few weeks I already put the 4 down pretty fast when I pick it up.