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how to play the E string more?

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Unemploid, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. when jamming, i hardly play notes on the e string. it's the bassiest notes, so how do i improve that?
  2. Torrente Cro

    Torrente Cro

    Sep 5, 2013
    When I switched from guitar to bass, some notes were too deep for my ears so I avoided them.
    After few months my ears became more "bassy", and it wasn't a problem any more.
    After I bought 5 stringer, I had a same process all over with B string.
    It just takes some time for your ears to adjust.
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  3. Mushroo

    Mushroo Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2007
    Massachusetts, USA
    When you practice, try practicing all your favorite songs, scales, arpeggios, bass lines, and other exercises using only the E string.. Then only the A string, then the D string, then the G string.

    The practice goal is to memorize every note on every string.

    However, there is no prize for using a particular string in performance. The performance goal is to play the correct notes, that sound good, whatever string they happen to be on.
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  4. viper4000


    Aug 17, 2010
    I actually had a similar problem. On 4 stings, I rarely played low E. I did not like my muting options playing finger style and could not develop a proper technique to play open E properly.

    When I switched to a 5 string, the low E is now at the 5th fret on the B string, this allowed me to play the low E as a fretted note, and alas, it became much easier for me to incorporate into my lines.

    Another suggestion is to find a proper bass instructor (not a guitarist teaching bass). They may be able to show you some good techniques and usages of low E which will in turn help you on your journey.

    Good Luck!
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  5. Dogbertday

    Dogbertday Commercial User

    Jul 10, 2007
    SE Wisconsin
    Blaine Music LLC
    Why ihythis a "problem"? You play what you play. If you want to play lower notes, then do it.

    I do agree with the above about ears getting used to lower and lower notes.
  6. Mechayoshi


    Dec 7, 2015
    I'm the opposite, I like most of my notes to be on the lower strings.
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  7. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    could be you are not sure quite how to use the E string.
    So play songs you like that use the E string.
    Learn form the efforts of others that you dig.
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