First post, be gentle. Please?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Mr. Kaizer, Nov 11, 2001.

  1. Hi!

    All right, here's the deal. I bought my bass (Yamaha RBX270) and my amp (Hartke B60) two weeks ago. I'm a true newbie to the bass and to music in general. Over the past week and a half I've built up a 'library' of sorts:

    Talk Bass (Heh, in case you don't know how you got here, or something :rolleyes: )
    mpc Bass
    (My Bible.)
    Cleaning up right and left hand technique
    (By Adam Nitti.)
    The Right Way to Install Strings
    (By Scott Malandrone & Jim Roberts)
    Fretting-hand technique
    (By Adam Nitti.)
    Introduction to Scale and Chord theory
    (By Jazzbo)

    Granted, I haven't read all of these sites too thoroughly, but they seem like excellent resources. Hope some of my fellow newbies find this useful! Feel free to add sites that are not on my list (actually, I'm looking for a site which describes all the 'tech-speak', i.e. slap'n'pop, ghost note, double thumbing, etc. etc.)!

    Now, a question for the veterans. As I mentioned earlier I own a Yamaha RBX270 bass, and I have a little problem (or is it a problem, I'm not sure).

    When I pluck the open A string, I get this annoying 'ringing' sound. I'm pretty sure it's not supposed to be there. It's not too loud, but it's just loud enough to notice it's there. At first when I had my bass plugged into the amp, I thought it might just be the pick-ups being too close to the strings. I turned my amp off, and the ringing was still there. Any idea what the problem is?

    Thanks! :D
  2. Welcome to TB! I can't add any sites to your list, unfortunately. In fact, some of those are new to me. Justed wanted to extend a greeting, so GREETINGS! Glad to have ya.
  3. Hey Herr Kaizer!!!

    Welcome to!:D

    Dang you are making me look bad with all the homework you have been doing!!!!:eek:

    The membership here rocks,dude!You will get lots of info and feedback from your questions.Sorry,I`m a sorta-newbie too......:p
  4. Welcome!
    Regarding your "A" string: you should take your bass to the shop to get it adjusted. It may be the bridge and/or the neck. This is something you'll learn to do on your own eventually, but get professional help for now.
    A word of warning for when you study from your library: get a good music ditionary. Unfortunately many words in music have different meanings and can get you thoroughly confused. Make sure you use more than one source to compare the information against.:cool:
  5. If the ring is only on the open A and not on notes fretted on the A string, the problem is almost certainly the nut. Have a look at it and see if the string looks just right. Loosen the string and look at the notch in the nut. The notch should be a good match to the string, not too wide or oddly shaped.

    If you have a problem and the nut needs to be recut or fixed up, take the bass in to be set up and asl the guy to replace the nut at the same time.
  6. yawnsie


    Apr 11, 2000
    Welcome to Talkbass, Mr Kazier.

    Here are some links from TB that might help you with the above terms: Ghost notes, double thumbing, and slap and pop. I hope they help, especially since I've just spent about ten minutes wading though dozens of slap threads! ;)
  7. Nate Dawg

    Nate Dawg

    Apr 8, 2000
    Denver, CO
    I'm guessing the buzzing problem is similar to one that I just encountered with my bass.

    When I got my Kingston the other day, I was getting a buzz at the zero fret. It turns out that there wasn't enough "downforce" on the zero fret to keep it from buzzing. I had to make the slots in the nut deeper so as to make the string rest on the fret with enough force to stop the buzzing.
  8. This should be over in set up?

    If the nut is not defective, it may be that you are not getting enough angle (downforce as ND called it) across the nut.

    Try this: play the open A while holding the string down above the nut. If the annoying sound disappears, restring and make sure your string is wound to the bottom of the tuner peg. Problem still there? You can get a single string tree to hold it down.
  9. Thanks for all the replies everyone, it's great to be here! I'll try checking out the nut, and restringing if necessary.

    It probably should. I thought since I listed those websites it would be better in here.

    You live, you learn. :p
  10. You're right. I should have said, this part should be over in set up. I've found it's best to break up multi-part posts into shorter, specific ones. The answers you get are more focussed.
  11. jazzbo


    Aug 25, 2000
    San Francisco, CA
    Gentle! You want me to be gentle!? Are you kidding?! You worthless guitar reject, no good for nuthin', wannabe ........

    um, kidding! :)

    Wow! I'm honored Mr. Kaizer. Thank you, and welcome to Talkbass. Just having some fun with your thread title.

    I'm actually kind of tripping over the fact that someone read that lesson I posted! Cool. I hope you find it helpful, and if anything is unclear, please PM me.

    Is there a specific type of music that is a favorite, that you would really love to learn. That might help me with some other links.

    I can say, if you're into jazz at all, spend a lot of time around ED FUQUA, CHRIS FITZGERALD, and DON HIGDON over at the Double Bass section. They've helped me more than I could ever ask.

    Again, welcome to Talkbass.
  12. Don't buy any of this nonsense, Kaiser. Jazzbo only spews this "Oh I'm so flattered" garbage to hide the sound of his ego swelling. :D
  13. hey kaizer, before you fiddle with the nut, try raising the A string a little by adjusting the saddle screws. it could just be a high fret, giving you fret buzz.