5 to 4

Discussion in 'Ask Michael Dimin' started by sams, May 17, 2001.

  1. sams


    Mar 20, 2001
    East Orange, NJ
    I started playing on a 5-string now I want to go back to a 4 to see if I can enhance my technique. Do you think that is a smart move? I also bought a Lark bass online and I want to basically make it over. It has constant ringing and the preamp seems weak. It is a passive bass (no battery?) and I think they would have to cut it more to add any kind of preamp inside of it. (wood) Can you comment on my situation? thanks
  2. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin

    Dec 11, 1999
    Clinician: EA, Zon, Boomerang, TI. Author "The Art of Solo Bass"

    I don't thing going to 4 will enhance your technique. I would stick with the 5 and develop a regiment of exercises that will help. You need to stick with it though. The other thing that is most important is, as you remake this Lark bass, to have it set up so it is easy to play, provides little stress on your fingers, hands and wrist, and allows you to develop the techniques.

    As for the details of making over a bass -that is NOT my forte. I would do you a disservice if I tried to comment