a bonanaza of questions from me

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by red-hot-bassist, Nov 21, 2001.

  1. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001

    thnaks a lot for helping me out with my last thread (about the double poopity thingumjigger), i was hoping you lot (being waay more experineced than myself) may be able to help me out with my next query.
    since i got my bass ( a good few moons ago now) i have been doing somehting with say the D and the G string. i have been plucking the 2 of them at the same time!!! sometimes in the same fret, sometimes in a diffirent one, i also have a crappy ear and can't tell very well wehether or not stuff is out of tune (i try hard at reading music i really do!!)
    i was wondering if you lot have tried this and what you think of it, i think it makes a pretty nice sound and you can get some very haunting melodies from it, but hey, I'd like your opinion :p

    thnaks again guys!
  2. You can have a lot of fun with D and G doing harmonics , 5th's. My favorite sounds are D string on any fret and the g srting 2 frets higher. Its a simple 5 cord I think. Other one is 2 string any fret above the second and g string 1 fret lower.

    You can also play in octaves by adding a root note on the A sting and playing a note 2 frets higher on the g sting.
  3. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    thanks a lot you gallient knight you!! i am quite illiterate when it comes to musical terminology but i do my best, also my typing sucks, but hey..!!
  4. Really cool sounds though. Jason Newstead was the person that inspired me to look at those things but as I listened to more people I have heard alot of cool things like that
  5. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    What you're playing is commonly referred to as a "double-stop" in bass. There's been much discussion here about whether or not it's technically a "chord" as you're only playing two notes. I am inclined myself to call it an "interval" instead, but who really cares, it's not about what you call it, but how you play it, and how it sounds.

    Gallient Knight described one possibility, the fifth. He's playing a note on the D string, and it's fifth, which would always be two frets higher, on the G string. You could also play the fifth of the note your playing on the G string, by playing the note of the same fret on the D string.

    You can really play any interval that you want, and it's up to your ear to tell you if it works in a particular context or not. You could also play a 3rd or minor 3rd. Play a note on the D string, and another on the G string two frets lower for the 3rd, and 3 frets lower for the minor 3rd.

    Also, don't forget the tritone. Play a note on the D string, and on the G string play the note 1 fret higher.
  6. red-hot-bassist


    Sep 18, 2001
    thnaks jazzbo, i shall definately be experimenting tonight, although the tangelwood is broken :(
    and one of my leads is busted,,so no zoom:(