How many of you do this when playing bass?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by AQUANOVA, Dec 8, 2012.



    Sep 13, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    I've noticed that there's something that I do subconsciously when I'm playing.
    I've been doing it a long time and have no control over it.

    Between phrases in a line, I move my left hand up the fretboard and then back, for no apparent reason.
    Just a quick exit from the position I'm in and then back, to start the next phrase.

    I was watching MarlowDK on YouTube today, and I noticed that he does the same thing. :)
    So now I'm rather happy that I do it.

    How many of you do this when you're playing?
    It seem as if it would be counter productive, but I just have to do it.
    Any ideas why?
  2. Helps you keep time subconciously. It's like tapping your toe.

    I don't do it that often. I do have restless legs while playing. :/
  3. I do it occasionally, but than with the sound included. You know: "WHOOOOooooM". It's cool.
  4. MostlyBass


    Mar 3, 2002
    Oak Park, IL
    It's fun and can also be used as a muting technique. Nothing wrong with UNLESS it interferes.
  5. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    I see pros do this all the time for seemingly no reason. Always wondered why they did this. I figured they just do it out of boredom and to look cooler.
  6. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I do the same thing without thinking about it. I think its something I picked up from the first guitarist I played with. He was a huge influence on me and it was because if him that I started playing music.
  7. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    When my wife plays a rest or open note, she does something that looks vaguely like she's saluting. I don't know why, and neither does she. She just does it.

    I like to pretend it's necessary for my hand to be on the neck, as if playing is actually harder than it is, just like on keyboards, I often pretend to be playing with my left hand, when usually, I am not.

    We all have our ways, I guess.
  8. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    Like guitar players that turn up the volume knob between every phrase even though its been up all set?
  9. I do it to this day. I cant remember why or when I started. I bet I saw Cliff Burton or Steve Harris do it so I started and its been there ever since.
  10. bluewine

    bluewine Banned

    Sep 4, 2008
    I'm not sure, I think I just stay in position.

  11. Yeah I do it as well.
    I always without fail do it when I play Sunshine of Your Love.

    Da-dada *slide to nowhere* DA daa.

    Every time.
  12. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    I do it too. Especially when I'm playing a funk line or something with a lot of space in it. But people are always fascinated with the fact that I chew gum when I play, but I chew out of time. I get comments on that all the time. They say "How do you play one tempo and chew another?" I don't know. I just do.
  13. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Relieve muscle tension and reorient to "home"?
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I move my mouth almost like a silent mumbling.
  15. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
  16. david_aa


    Feb 9, 2010
    Madrid - Spain
    I do that when I'm soloing (I hate this silly movement). When I'm comping, I don't do that. I don't know why. Maybe it's a reminiscent of my past as rock guitarist :confused:
  17. DiabolicLow B

    DiabolicLow B Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Ontario, Canada
    Yep me too, I've been doing it for years and when I am aware of it happening it really bothers me but I can't seem to stop!
  18. Gab124

    Gab124 The path is greater than the destination Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2006
    I only seem to do it when I really feel like I am in the pocket. If I have any question as to being locked in or otherwise learning the song I don't.
  19. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast

    May 7, 2010
    I always saw pros do it and wondered why, since it obviously doesn't do anything. Then as I practiced more, it just kind of happened and I figured "Oh...I guess I do that now."
  20. Stewie26

    Stewie26 Supporting Member

    +1 I was just going to post the same thing about the "Home" position and then read your post.