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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by whitehawk55, Sep 20, 2019.


  1. whitehawk55

    whitehawk55

    Sep 20, 2019
    i know that there are very few people who use cords on a base, but how bad would it really be?
     
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    most electric basses use cords. Oh, you mean chords? "How bad would it really be??" Well, I gave it a try...



     
  3. whitehawk55

    whitehawk55

    Sep 20, 2019
    any tips?
    (sorry bout the spelling)
     
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Seriously, chords have their place on bass, depending on what you're doing, but more solo, not so much ensemble, unless the ensemble allows lots of room on the low / middle ground. Chords on bass take up sonic space.
     
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  5. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Also, stay away from close intervals down low, those do get muddy (though good clean amplification helps somewhat).
     
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  6. fretter

    fretter

    May 24, 2012
    PA
  7. ballroomblitz69

    ballroomblitz69

    Sep 20, 2019
    I seriously adore chords on bass! I love the way they sound. I often spend some time just strumming my bass like an acoustic guitar haha!
     
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  8. whitehawk55

    whitehawk55

    Sep 20, 2019
    i mostly like letting a note ring while i'm playing other notes in the chord
     
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  9. I can't say I'm a frequent user of "chords" but I will use a root/5th configuration to add some fullness to the sound of our 3 pc during a guitar solo. One that comes to mind is during Heartache Tonight.

    And as has been said, I play them higher up the neck to decrease muddiness.
     
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  10. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    Here are a couple of examples of the chordal work I do on bass. These are from my "Stream of Unconsciousness"™ series.

    Bass Noodle #1215 Copyright © Jeffrey P. Scott 2016 All rights reserved.

    Bass Noodle #1486 Copyright © Jeffrey P. Scott 2017 All rights reserved.
     

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  11. whitehawk55

    whitehawk55

    Sep 20, 2019
    toughs are both really good, but i personally only like giving support to the people i'm playing with since i'm still pretty new to bass
     
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  12. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Yeah, uh-huh, that's the stuff... ...an' I gotta go practice a lot more!! :thumbsup::D
     
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  13. idorky

    idorky

    Dec 27, 2006
    yes sir,..... utilize your mediant (3rd) and leading-tone (7th) in addition to your tonic (1) and you'll be on a glorious tonal sound.
    use of our mediant will dictate your major and minor chords.
    combining the root and the high third on a three piece during a guitar or horn solo fill out emptiness.
    hope this helps.
     
  14. I've always preferred a cord over a wireless.

    sorry couldn't resist
     
  15. Thumpin6string

    Thumpin6string Supporting Member

    Apr 25, 2013
    Redding CA
    One of the big pluses to having a 6 string. So many chord possibilities.
     
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  16. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    To elaborate:
    On guitar, you play chords with notes on adjacent strings. With the higher frequency of guitar notes, this sounds good. On the lower frequency of low bass notes, this sounds like mud.
    Fewer notes in the chord, spaced widely apart, are your friend. So for example, root on the E string, third and octave up on the G string. That sounds pretty great.
     
  17. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    This very talented TB user has tons of YouTube uploads that employ lots of rich and beautiful chords, such as:
     
  18. Sue Egypt

    Sue Egypt

    Apr 19, 2019
    Cleveland, OH
    Most of us use "cords" to connect to an amp. Or did you mean chords?
     
  19. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    Full chords are less common than double stops. I've also heard a lot of lines using an open string drone under a melodic or walking line (such as Mike Dirnt's line on Geen Day's Longview). True chordal work is more the province of savants like Les Claypool (check out Jerry was a Race Car Driver by Primus) and Jeff Scott (posted above). It works best in a sparse context - such as a trio.
     
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