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Is it considered bad technique to clank?

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

  1. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Nothing wrong with that. Plenty of rock bassists don't clank.
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  2. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    Myself? I like "THUMP!"
  3. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016


  4. jgroh


    Sep 14, 2007
    Growing up I considered that clank to be poor technique. I played with a pick for the first 22 years mind you, so my sound was very clean and got me lots of gigs because of it. Now I play with my fingers 99% of the time and can appreciate some hard playing where applicable.
  5. 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.
    When I need to clank, I clank.
    When I need to thump, I thump.
    When I need to mwah, well, I can't really. I don't play fretless.
    crentest, Caloiski, Sartori and 2 others like this.
  6. kulit17

    kulit17 Wal Collector #35 Supporting Member

    Indeed! So funny I laid a stank.
    Roberto Nunez likes this.
  7. mrb327


    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    Thud thump and clank!
  8. lostinjanuary


    Sep 27, 2011
    Irvine, Ca
    As long as it doesn't turn into a thunk with a fizz I think you're good to go ;)
    crentest likes this.
  9. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    Good sir, it was not my intention to offend. If it pleases you,I will delete the original post. A thousand pardons...
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  10. kat888

    kat888 Guest

    Oct 13, 2015
    Depends how long your fingers are...
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  11. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Hee hee...if I'm not mistaken, the bottom blue Jazz is Herbie Flowers' bass, and he is so not a clanker!
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  12. Helix

    Helix California U.S.A.

    May 29, 2015
    Your a good guy @BusyFingers....unlike myself....alway try to show some Class my friend.....and BTW, clank away!!
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  13. BusyFingers


    Nov 26, 2016
    I just chose it from a google image search because... well...
    :hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper::hyper: :hyper::hyper:
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  14. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    The clank that I here from the local talent pool in my area is pretty well all a result of poor technique.
  15. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    Entwistle says "what"?
  16. Grumry


    Jul 6, 2016
    What's the best metal to clank?
    Charlzm likes this.
  17. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    OP - There are clankers who purposely leverage that unique style of music for great effect - think Entwistle or Trujillo. Don't confuse that with a clanker who doesn't know how or when to use the technique properly. That clanker is a wanker.

    If you're currently a clanker wanker and want to leverage the style for effect, then practice the technique with your stubby little fingers. It's both a left hand technique as well as right. And if it helps, don't forget that tone knobs, string selections and even a proper set up can go a long way towards shaping your sound and allowing you to get more tones out of your bass.
    karl_em_all, mrb327 and kat888 like this.
  18. Laurent

    Laurent Supporting Member

    May 21, 2008
    Napa, California
    It's often the symptom of a bad set up unless you're a pro and do it on purpose.
  19. swafran


    Nov 6, 2008
    Paris, France
    Can you clank when you want to, and the rest of the time not clank? If yes then you're using it as part of your sound, otherwise it's bad technique, learn to control it.
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  20. good technique is like good seasoning: if you're good at it, you'll know when to use it and when not to.
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