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Do you play differently when you're angry?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by villarddefender, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. villarddefender


    Nov 21, 2017
    In my case yes I pop every notes :bassist:
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  2. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    I cannot focus when I'm angry.
  3. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Not really. I am a pretty physical bass player already. If I played harder when I get angry I would break B strings. :D

    So watcha mad at @villarddefender ?
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  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    Do you play differently when you're angry?

    sure. IMO: we do just about everything differently when we're angry. that's the problem with anger.

    pop every note when you're not angry = doesn't sound right! ;)

    keep us informed. thanks.

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  5. Yes... I have a tendency to swingbash my bass against the doorway post..
  6. thewildest

    thewildest Supporting Member

    May 25, 2011
    I may play the same, but I am sure I will perceive that I am playing different. As with everything else, being angry does not really change the chaos of the universe, only your perception of it.
  7. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Dunno,never tried it......
    I do play differently if i drink beer instead of vodka.....
  8. I can't really play at all when I'm livid.

    All focus and thoughts of music are gone..replaced by fuming anger.
  9. I play more like a noise rock rhythm guitarist and less like a pure bass player. But to be fair, my happiest medium (pumped/engaged/whatever, but still passionate without being angry) is still a fairly aggressive mix of bass riffs and rhythm-esque chords. Sometimes I scrape up my knuckle picking too aggressively as well, or catch my nails under strings on upstrokes which absolutely kills and probably keeps the anger going. It's a cycle.
  10. BassAndReeds


    Oct 7, 2016
    I play more notes when I'm mad. I try not to do that though.

    (The assumption is mad at my band mates, like when the get too comfortable and sloppy drunk onstage. Maybe at a venue or crowd, but that doesn't usually happen.)
  11. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
    Yes. So, basically the final four gigs my band had. :/
  12. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Yes I did :D

    but better avoid fear and anger...:laugh::laugh::laugh:


  13. Lownote38


    Aug 8, 2013
    Nashville, TN
    I don't know. I don't play angry. If I'm mad about something, it gets put aside once the music starts.
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  14. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017
    From a cognitive behavioral standpoint: I don't play angry music or hate music because, I avoid that kind of negative thinking and behavior. But I do play other types of music with the blues mentality which is emotional and with feel.
  15. Being and Bass

    Being and Bass

    Apr 9, 2017
    Yep. And that isn't always a bad thing. I try and change what I am playing based on mood: when angry (or, more often, frustrated) I really dig into the frets and it is the only time I can really play convincing thrash metal. It has me paranoid about switching to a fretless, however, as I am sure I would just murder the fretboard.

    But on stage I am usually pretty emotionless. Between performance anxiety (I teach and preach as well, it isn't going away) and my poor memory, I have too much to focus on to feel much else. Works REALLY well as a bassist, but horribly for vocals.
  16. Whitenoise17


    Aug 6, 2016
    East Side
    Yeah, I always play pretty aggressively, because I like the punchy sound I get out of it, but when I’m angry, I hit the strings REALLY hard.
  17. Frampton

    Frampton Supporting Member

    Oct 9, 2010
    Is there another way?
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  18. Yes, if I'm angry I tend to grab my Rickenbacker rather than my Jazz bass. That brings out a different approach already, playing more with a pick than fingers, and then I tend to attack things with more aggression, and push the tube pre harder getting a much more agressive tone.
  19. Lachlan Legge

    Lachlan Legge

    Jun 5, 2017
    Western Australia
    May rant on about certain subjects
    I just smash the thing regardless. My fingerstyle playing is quite percussive and I also slap a lot. My basses all get put through their paces with me. I have dragged my first bass around like a battle-axe, punched it, kicked it, thrown it across a room, hit it with a baseball bat and many other things. Surprisingly it still plays really well and I nowadays play with a fender p bass that's just a dream to play. Haven't done much to that YET but you never know.
  20. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    You’re still young. There’s a chance that you’ll mature a bit before you wreck your stuff. Especially if you are the one buying it.

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