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Cover songs with a 6 string?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by CodeMonkey, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. CodeMonkey


    Oct 24, 2013
    So, I've been playing a 6 string, and, while I love the room to putz around in the pentatonic for walking lines, I wonder if I should be doing more when covering songs.

    Should I be doing more than grabbing the low E on the 5th fret of the B string?

    Should I be adding lower / higher octaves here and there?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. You are going to get yourself fired. Crazy talk, this "doing more" thing, just crazy talk!
  3. CodeMonkey


    Oct 24, 2013
    Seems weird to only play in the middle :)
  4. Clef_de_fa


    Dec 25, 2011
    You think too much
  5. Roy Vogt

    Roy Vogt Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2000
    Endorsing Artist: Kiesel, Carvin, Accuracy, Hotwire, Conklin Basses, DNA, Eden
    On a cover song I tend to play the "iconic" bass lines in the register written, but I read each situation and play what makes sense for it. Living on the low B string or playing things up an octave because I can only reinforces some people's negative stereotypes about 6 string basses. You have to play the gig first, IME.
  6. CodeMonkey


    Oct 24, 2013
    Thanks guys,

    That pretty much sums it up :)
  7. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Don't play notes just because they exist on your fretboard. Play the music. If the music wants those extra high or low notes, play them. But you've got to focus on the music, not the tool you happen to be playing it with.