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Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by 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?
most electric basses use cords. Oh, you mean chords? "How bad would it really be??" Well, I gave it a try...
(sorry bout the spelling)
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.
Also, stay away from close intervals down low, those do get muddy (though good clean amplification helps somewhat).
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!
i mostly like letting a note ring while i'm playing other notes in the chord
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.
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.
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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
Yeah, uh-huh, that's the stuff... ...an' I gotta go practice a lot more!!
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.
I've always preferred a cord over a wireless.
sorry couldn't resist
One of the big pluses to having a 6 string. So many chord possibilities.
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.
This very talented TB user has tons of YouTube uploads that employ lots of rich and beautiful chords, such as:
Most of us use "cords" to connect to an amp. Or did you mean chords?
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.