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Heavy gauge back to lighter gauge for practice (?)

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Bruiser Stone, Dec 16, 2019.

  1. Bruiser Stone

    Bruiser Stone Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2017
    I briefly put on (and intend to keep handy) a set of Fender tapewounds on my P bass with a gauge of 58-110. Granted, tapes are not as stiff as flats, but moving back down to a 40-100 set of Rotos rounds, it feels almost effortless playing fast runs and moving around the frets.

    Does anyone use a heavy set of strings for practice to improve performance on a lighter gauged set? Any pros/cons? I’m stunned at least by the short term results, but I don’t want to inadvertently develop a bad habit.

    Sidenote: when moving from flats to rounds, I haven’t had the same results. Something about the tapes, for lack of a better term, feels confidence building. My fretting feels secure, like I’m focusing less on hitting the right spot and
    more on coaxing the tone I desire from the string. The tapes, as thick as they are, feel very responsive. They are in contention with my favorite flats (TI, LaBella 43-104, GHS 45-95).
    Last edited: Dec 16, 2019
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