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digging into low action

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by JWC, Apr 28, 2001.

  1. JWC

    JWC Banned

    Oct 4, 2000
    How do you dig into strings with low action without getting nasty fret buzz or hung up on the strings and stuff???
  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    you can do a couple of things.

    make sure you're plucking the strings in a horizontal motion, parallel with the fretboard/body of the bass, as opposed to pulling the strings up, away from the body.

    also, pluck real close to the bridge - within an inch or so of the saddles - there you can get a really plucky, diggin' in attack without too much fretbuzz or without letting your dynamics get away from you.

    i like the tone i get when i dig in right by the bridge - it's hard on your fingers until you get used to it, but it really does give a unique tone.
  3. JWC

    JWC Banned

    Oct 4, 2000
    Thank you JT. It works, but yes, my fingers will have to toughen up to play so close to the bridge.

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