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Biggest bass "ah-ha" moment.

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Sixgunn, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Sixgunn


    Jun 6, 2012
    Colorado Springs
    I don't wait 30 minutes after eating, to go swimming.
    Mine was stainless steel, round winding, electronic bass guitar strings. I didn't even know they existed till I bought a bass that had em. I used nickle plated, round winding, GHS Boomers (electronic bass guitar strings) for years and loved the way they sounded for a week or two, they blah. Dead. Never knew something lasted longer!!
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  2. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Realizing that the P-bass tone is the bass tone.

    YMMV, IMO, BLT, etc...
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  3. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    I don't know if this is really the "biggest", but one of the first Bass Ah-Ha! moments I had was when I was 12 or 13 years old and I'd been listening to some Yes albums for maybe a year or two and it just never occurred to me that that sound Chris Squire was making came from a bass guitar. (It probably didn't even occur to me that it was Chris Squire making that sound.) I'm guessing due to the fact that A) his tone was very unique, and B) his bass lines were very unique, I just hadn't put 2 + 2 together and made that connection. And then one day I was listening to ...um, it was either The Yes Album or Fragile ...and it suddenly clicked. I literally had an Ah-Ha! moment when I realized "holy crap, that's the bass!"
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  4. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    As a young bassist, I used to think my job was to approach every gig with intense focus on perfectly precise playing. I can remember one gig, an outdoor festival where my band was the only originals band on the bill, and the audience was simply not into it. I remember thinking to myself "screw it, I'm not going to go crazy trying to be perfect on this gig. I'm just going to relax and have fun playing with my friends". Once I stopped trying so hard and just sort of let go, I felt something interesting happen. The music started to feel really good, in a way I hadn't ever experienced before. It's a phenomenon we bassists know as "groove", and I had just found it for the first time.
  5. Sixgunn


    Jun 6, 2012
    Colorado Springs
    I don't wait 30 minutes after eating, to go swimming.
    That's a fantastic moment!!
  6. franklindayala


    Feb 8, 2015
    "Ah - Ha" moment: When I saw a Gary Willis video on YouTube talking about differences in note volumes and how they create dynamic... started doing the exercise he was teaching and suddenly it clicked...

    I know, I know... its so obvious to many but for me that I was self-taught at that time, it was as the whole sky would open up and Gods light was coming down to me.
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Not so much a single ah-ha moment, but some time over the last 5 years, I've started to notice more and more often the note I'm "hearing in my mind's ear" comes out my fingers without too much thinking about it. Been struggling for years to get this to start happening, now to keep pushing until it's fully automatic.
  8. ShayEM


    Sep 12, 2017
    Circle of Fifth's
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  9. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
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  10. When I realized you could also use your middle finger to pluck, yes I was a total newb.

    When I realized you can pinch two strings together for power chords.

    The first time I picked up my current Premium Ibáñez I had a Ah-Hah! moment
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  11. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017
    After 45 years of no bass and grinding at my career. When I retired I rediscovered my passion and JACO and Weather Report. I'm back in it with a passion I have not had since I was 12....Im 68 now!
  12. Old P Bass Guy

    Old P Bass Guy

    Nov 26, 2017
    A recent ephithnay has been, the more I improve on my music ability the more I fall in love with the instrument I am playing. Once again is it the arrow or the Indian?. I keep searching for a bass that will make me play like Jaco, Stanley and Marcus. Havent found it yet
  13. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    No matter what materials a bass is made from... or how its put together... or the variety of tones it can supposedly achieve... or how good it looks... or what color it is... or how cool it is... or how expensive it is... or who made it... or where it was made... or what famed bassist plays the same model... or whatever -- some basses simply sound like poop in the studio.

    All that... plus there's a number of very good reasons we've all seen and read about so many old bone stock Fenders with one-piece maple necks and passive pickups being used in recording studios for decades. :smug:
  14. InhumanResource


    Dec 28, 2012
    Turning down the bass knob.
  15. Member8675309

    Member8675309 Banned

    Aug 19, 2017
    Nashville, TN
    When I played my first note.

    More recently, leather picks compiled with palm muting.
  16. backin82

    backin82 Jack of a Few Trades Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2009
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Several for me:
    1. Actually, the very first time I played an electric bass. It was so powerful, and I could feel each note. It was awesome. I've since quit playing guitar, drums, and trumpet in favor of bass. I've never looked back.
    2. The first time I played an all-tube amp. I had been trying for years to make my amp sound a certain way. The first time I plugged into one, I was thinking, "THIS is the sound I've been searching for all this time!"
    3. Trying a bunch of basses, never finding the tone I wanted, selling a bunch of basses, then picking up my old jazz bass and realizing that I just like jazz basses more than other basses. That was a big one.
  17. When I realized you had the same notes two strings down and two frets over.
  18. a-ha didn't have a bass player. It was all keyboards...

  19. Madhouse27

    Madhouse27 Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2016
    I had been playing bass for probably four years. Our band was opening for a more established act at a big local bar. I think I was 18 years old. Anyway, we were all in the dressing room together getting loose and ready to play. I kind of knew the guitarist from the other band and we were shooting the bull. He was checking out my left-handed Rick and asking how I liked it. I told him I was a getting a good sound but was probably going to buy something else. He asked why and I told him that the strings weren't quite close enough to the fretboard for my liking...that's why I got rid of my last bass. He started laughing like I was kidding around. I was like, "what's so funny"? At that point he realized that I didn't know you could adjust the action. He just couldn't believe it. He got me up to speed and even taught me about intonation. Changed my whole game.
  20. CaseyVancouver


    Nov 4, 2012
    Locking in with a great drummer ...the sum is greater than the individual contribution.
    (was about 40 years ago, and it still works)

    Honorary mention to:
    Gary Karr
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