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How to Tame Your Slippery Instrument...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Greywoulf, Apr 12, 2021.

  1. Greywoulf

    Greywoulf Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Freehold, NJ. USA
    (And no, this ain't about sex...) :smug:
    If you have to (or just like to) play your BG sitting down without a strap it's not uncommon to have problems with it slipping loose across your lap...
    However a good trick that classical guitarists use (and I use on my basses) that prevents slippery instruments from sliding off a lap is to place some 'grip' style tape on the instrument's bottom edge. You can get the tape in different colors (I use a less severe transparent type), and while it can sometimes leave a residue when and if you remove it, this can be cleaned off fairly easily with a guitar cleaner and polish such as Dunlop's G5.
    Another option is to place a small piece of rubberized cloth in your lap. A good lap cloth is the rubberized drawer and shelf lining stuff you can get from any dollar store.
    And of course the most secure option is to use both... I've found that when I sometimes use a bass mounted tape and a rubberized lap cloth together I can usually rest an unstrapped bass in my lap so solidly I can let go of it's neck for a few seconds w/o it slipping or diving.
    Of course another option would be to always play naked in a well air conditioned room. But then that's not always feasible, and sometimes it disturbs others on the premises.. o_O
  2. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
    But in today's mad world that would probably guarantee one an audience...of sorts!

  3. WrapRough


    Jan 26, 2021
    Yeah been using the shelf liner trick for years, it really helps. I was searching for some magical mystical specialist instrument slip protection device, and my mate said "dude it's just shelf liner" :)
  4. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Why would you not use a strap while sitting?
    It solves all the problems you mentioned.
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  5. Greywoulf

    Greywoulf Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Freehold, NJ. USA
    Well you look pretty young and healthy and sturdy in that there photo, so you could legitimately ask that question I guess..??
    But remember you won't always be that way. (If you're lucky..) As an older bass player with arthritis and back and neck problems, a strap hanging offa me with any kind of weight on it is only something to be avoided! :eek:
    Same goes with hearing problems... I never much liked wearing ear protection when younger so I mostly didn't, but thank God for the VA now because they keep me in good hearing aids. (A word to the wise which I'm guessing you'll probably ignore...) :wideyed:

    But all in all I still feel really blessed to be able to still enjoy bass playing (even seated, strapless, and half deaf) in my octogenarian period, all you *%[email protected]&* young whippersnappers..........!! :p
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2021
  6. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    At the time of that photo I was 60.
    I'm 61.
    But be Blessed and in peace.
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2021
  7. AGCurry

    AGCurry Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2005
    St. Louis
    Yeah! Even an hour playing guitar or bass hanging on a strap is enough to make my neck and shoulders cry uncle. It's ONE of the reasons I now play double bass much more than Fenders.
  8. Greywoulf

    Greywoulf Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2000
    Freehold, NJ. USA
    Thanks... You too!
    But from my perspective 61 is young!!, -and I sincerely hope 20 years from now you'll still be able to enjoy strapping on 6-stringers! Yas!!
    (And as my favorite chanteuse Dinah Washington usta sing, "What a Difference A Day Makes...")
    Peace Bro,
    Last edited: Apr 13, 2021
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