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Is it considered bad technique to clank?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by BusyFingers, Jan 10, 2017.

  1. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    You know, if you hit a note with a certain fervor you get a thump, but if you hit it with a bit more fervor you get a clank. Is that clank considered bad technique, or can you clank as long as you're consistent as to when you clank in a given bassline?
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  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Clank is only bad technique if you are aiming for no clank (within reason). Plenty of guys use clank to their advantage. Mind you, they are primarily rock and metal players. Most jazz cats are anti-clank.
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  3. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Clank is sometimes good and sometimes not.
    If you like clank in your music it is good technique.
    If you can't play without clank when needed it is bad technique.
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  4. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    I see.
  5. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    To be frank, clank can stank but when you spank the plank a clank that stanks may not be rank or tank. Take that to the bank.
  6. pcake

    pcake Supporting Member

    Sep 20, 2011
    Los Angeleez
    often clank goes well with metal and punk.

    are you channeling dr suess?
  7. nutdog

    nutdog when I'm a good dog they sometimes throw me a bone

    Feb 19, 2009
    in the dog house
    just a prank
  8. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
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  9. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Or a bit of a wank. :laugh:
  10. D M C

    D M C Oh good god, this again? Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2015
    North America, Earth
    On the threshold of a verge on the brink.
    Clank is an onomatopoeia.

    Some say I'm delightful.
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  11. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    Anything you don't do on purpose is bad technique.
  12. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    Depends on if it sounds good or not.
  13. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    Clank is technique. Do it when you want to, don't when you don't want to. If you can't clank on command (and only on command), practice until you can.

    Of course, setting up your bass, the strings you have on, it, etc. all affect this. But you are in control of those things as well. I generally don't play out on really fresh strings, as they clank a bit too much - I like at least a week on strings when I play out. I also practice the week before a gig with the bass I'm going to play, so I can calibrate my technique to that bass with those strings.
  14. two fingers

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

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Ask fans of Chris Squire or Gaddy Lee.
  15. ThumbBum


    Dec 16, 2016
    Damn thats funny hahaha
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  16. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    It is and it isn't. I don't care for the clank myself, but it's hard to call it bad technique when Geddy Lee, Steve Harris, Rob Trujillo, and a host of other hard rocking bassists made it their stock in trade.
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  17. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    For the most part, I don't want to clank. I've been working to clean that up with busy basslines, but was just curious what people thought. I used to listen to Iron Maiden and Steve Harris had a nice clank at times.
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  18. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    This is a good point, but though I like to write rock bass lines I am not quite to the clank end of the rock spectrum.
  19. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    Better than "THUD"
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  20. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    I used to be a rabid Yes and Rush fan growing up in the 80's. I should check to see where they clank and how consistently they clanked, or if it just happened randomly because of the fury with which they were playing for the recording.
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