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Favorite Instrument (Other Than Bass)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Quinn Roberts, Jan 3, 2018.

  1. How's everyone doing today? I've been a little unproductive this morning (or too productive) and decided to bring out the flute, trumpet and trombone and look up some fingering charts for them to see what I could do with them. Then, I diddled around for a couple hours this morning jamming with the three along to a blues backing track in G... Damn was this a fun for a change! :D
    So my question for everyone today is, when jamming and whatnot just for fun, what other instruments do you tend to reach for besides the good ol' bass? Also, what are you favorite instruments to hear live or played on records besides bass guitar?

    Edit: I'll rephrase the title as "... (Other Than Electric Bass)"
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2018
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  2. Blaargh


    Apr 4, 2016
    I've actually come to find that I really like synths, which would have been unthinkable for me when I was younger. I got myself a Korg Volca FM and Beats, they're great accompaniments to bass. You can loop a bassline and add synthy textures, or leave a sequence running and play with it. Bonus is that I can run them through my pedalboard too!
  3. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011
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  4. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Piano. You can play anything with anybody.
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  5. MonetBass

    MonetBass ♪ Just listen ♫ Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    Piano and synth. The textures you can make with keyboards are so unique.
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  6. Was just thinking about bringing out the Kaossilator and MicroKorg myself!! Even a nice "synth bass" is good every now and then. Although it seems to get some flack
  7. I was reading about Yo-Yo Ma's cello last night actually. I forget who they said made it and also played it, but I was blown away!
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  8. I've never gotten beyond my standard triads on piano myself. At one point I had the maj/min/dom chords remembered and their drop-2 shapes, but I let it slide. It's truly the ultimate instrument for accompaniment I'll say though!
  9. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    Kick drum :roflmao:
  10. StyleOverShow

    StyleOverShow Still Playing After All These Years Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2008
    Hillsdale, Portland
    Piano. New, again, to me. Helps me think of melodies.

    Synths are intriguing. Have been thinking about keyboard bass again
  11. planetdrumz


    Jan 4, 2016
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  12. Keys/piano.

    I find this to be a very good tool for improving bass.

    I have bass chord books...but let's take ,say, a C7 chord for instance.

    Any half-decent piano chord book will show you the fingering on keys for that clearly. The bass chord books I have are just a tad more confusing sometimes.

    Simply finger the C7 on keys and match the notes for sound on the bass.
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  13. pbass74


    Sep 19, 2015
    Sunland, CA
    6 string guitar.
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  14. Woofer


    Sep 24, 2008
    Uke. Cheap and cheerful.
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  15. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Rochester, NY
    keys and drums.
  16. Kenova


    May 5, 2010
    Zagreb (Croatia)
    Drums and sitar
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  17. Piano. Playing through chord changes or working out different inversions/voicings, you can’t beat having all the notes laid out symmetrically in front of you.

    Honorable mention for organ... a Hammond B3 nicely overdriven through a Leslie 122 will get me teary-eyed and weak at the knees :D
  18. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
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  19. craig0316


    Jul 3, 2017
    Harmonica(s)...lots of fun
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  20. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Viola da gamba... compared to a modern cello, the sound is a bit on the weak, thin, and reedy side - but hey, IT HAS FRETS :D

    (Luciana is my one and only gamba teacher, I took her masterclass in Milan...)
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