How Often Do You Practice Unplugged?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Jaco Taco, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    I've been playing bass for 30 years now, and often when I practice, I don't even bother to plug the bass in, I'm just playing unplugged.

    Is this weird? Does anybody else do this a lot or am I just stupid? :D
  2. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I play unplugged a fair deal. There's a lot in my practice routine that doesn't require any amplification. And when I am plugged in, it's almost always through headphones. Same goes with piano/keys.
  3. AaronVonRock


    Feb 22, 2013
    I do it all the time, especially in the early morning so I don't disturb my wife or my neighbors. And sometimes I'm just too lazy to plug in and turn on.
  4. only used my amp for MAYBE a total of 3 hours, since I got it, last year.
    before that, no amp at all

    3 years, no amp. I play unplugged a little bit.
  5. I almost never use the bass without an amp.
    If it's late I just play quietly, or with headphones.
    Unplugged it's just not that inspiring...
  6. Oddly

    Oddly Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    It's about 50/50 for me right now, but that's mainly because I'm only just starting over (new bass, new amp), and I'm still working out some sounds I like.
    Once that's sorted I'm pretty sure a lot more of my practice will be unplugged.
  7. onda'bass

    onda'bass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2010
    Buffalo Ny
    I play unplugged quite a bit....amplification in practice is optional in the right environment...
  8. MrTaff


    Jan 20, 2014
    I practice unplugged most of the time, it's only when I'm practising a song that I bother to plug in and then it's through headphones.
  9. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan. Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    I practice unplugged all the time. No issues as far as I'm concerned.
  10. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Never. When I practice its always through an amp or my Tascam GT-R1 headphone amp.
  11. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    Interesting, well, guess I'm not as weird as I thought. That's good. :D
  12. punkjazzben


    Jun 26, 2008
    I'm about 50/50. The main reason I plug in is to play along with backing tracks or other songs, or to muck about with pedals and such - even then I'm going through a mixer and headphones nowadays. I just don't feel the need to play through my amp all of the time anymore.
  13. I do it to get out of the closet, my practice room is really just a closet sized space. Once the kiddies are around its impossible to hear myself so I head back to my cubbyhole.
  14. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    Aug 11, 2012
    Upstate NY, USA
    When I was a beginner, I practiced unplugged a lot, and I wish I hadn't. It masked technique problems and stunted my growth in terms of learning to dial in a tone. Mind you, I'm talking about a being a beginner, not a guy with 30 years experience.

    Nowadays, I have about 20 years of experience, and I play unplugged all the time. I just don't recommend it for beginners.
  15. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    All the time
  16. +1, Yep - I do every morning before everyone wakes up. But, later I plug in too.
  17. BassChuck


    Nov 15, 2005
    Never. 99% I've headphones and the old Café Walter. I rarely use an amp and cab. I'll get to the gig early and set EQ.
  18. southpaw723


    Oct 20, 2013
    I do it a lot. I like to chill in my basement and just play, me and the instrument. It's very peaceful to quietly play outside on my porch at night too, it doesn't get much better than that.
  19. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I just bought an acoustic
  20. E-At


    Mar 1, 2010
    What I like to do to get a fuller unplugged sound is to rest the headstock of my bass on a big closet or large piece of furniture, so it acts as the body of an acoustic instrument. It's not very comfortable, though, because you have to play standing up and you can't move around, but it's a nice way of amplifying the sound.