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Bass backup for a Bluegrass Pickup Band

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Cryo, May 15, 2011.

  1. Cryo


    Feb 4, 2011

    Has anyone played bass for a Bluegrass Band?
    Amplification is a single ribbon mike. Any tips on volume?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Cryo


    Feb 4, 2011
    Never mind about the shared mike. Bring your own amp event BYOA.
  3. Billnc


    Aug 6, 2009
    Charlotte NC
    I used an ABG through a Polytone amp I would set the volume as appropriate for vocals banjo and guitars through the PA, or acoustically if only one mic was used. So... go for upright bass volume.
  4. As a matter of fact, I play for a group that does southern gospel and bluegrass gospel. For the bluegrass pieces, I put flats on my J-bass, take a lot of the mids out on my amp, back off on the blend knob and amp volume, and learned some fretboard muting techniques from my bass instructor that are pretty effective. I don't get a pure doghouse bass sound, but it's close enough to blend in pretty well.

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