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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
    I prefer corn, it's tastier.
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  2. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Playing Punk Rock fingerstyle I use a lot of clank. Thank heaven clank exists.
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  3. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    He is the bass player from Korn.
    I think of Steve Harris, Geezer Butler, or Geddy Lee when I think of "clank", but you be the judge.

  4. socialleper

    socialleper Bringer of doom and top shelf beer Supporting Member

    May 31, 2009
    Canyon Country, CA
    You are missing out. That cartoon was super funny, although many of the jokes would go over the heads of non-metal people. Think of it as an updated version of Spinal Tap.
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  5. Based on most of the isolated bass tracks I hear, clank is far more common than most of us realize.
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2017
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  6. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    I love clank, like one big $%#@&(*^ angry piano please.
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  7. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    No effect or stylization can be considered "bad" if you're doing it intentionally - and you can control it.

    Sometimes intentional "mistakes" can make a song.

    (For the record, I don't care at all for clanking. But saying it's not my cuppa isn't the same thing as calling it poor technique. Something worth keeping in mind. Because half the arguments that break out here come down to differences in opinion over personal playing styles rather than actual substance.) :thumbsup::)
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2017
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  8. I hope not...I love to clank! :bassist:
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  9. ctpunk

    ctpunk Guest

    Jan 30, 2014
    If it is bad technique, then I am one bad motherf$!*#%
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  10. whatizitman


    Sep 9, 2014
    I think clank is hard to avoid if you have a less-than-light touch (like me), but also difficult to make it sound good.

    If you can make is sound good, I'm all for exploiting it. Paul D'Amour?

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  11. Wolfenstein666


    Dec 19, 2014
    Clank is 100% essential to my tone.
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  12. morgansterne

    morgansterne Geek U.S.A.

    Oct 25, 2011
    Cleveland Ohio
    I cringe sometimes listening to old recordings of mine, when I clanked like crazy. Not as an intentional thing, but just because I was really getting into it and playing way too hard. It was certainly bad technique for me at that point.
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  13. ficelles


    Feb 28, 2010
    Devon, England
    My bass won't clank. Do I need those metal stripey bits down the long wooden part?
  14. Robert Sperling

    Robert Sperling Crazybassman72

    Jan 26, 2016
    Long Island, NY
    Chris didn't clank much at all, as he was primarily a pick player, Geddy used to clank a lot more,
    but since he started using his 1 finger plucking method it seems a bit tighter and more controlled
  15. My two bits: clank can be a technique but more than likely its a result of bad habits starting in lazy practice. Ive noticed as ive gotten older that posture in both hands is so important to articulating tone and dynamics, but I never paid attention to either as a teenager. Ive since started using a limiter that smooths out a lot of the rough edges in my playing style. But developing a more controlled right hand is still essential to getting the best sound. And that goes for deliberate clanking too!

    Look at the best agro bassists and you'll see that they all know when to let the thunder roll and when to hide behind the rhythm guitar player.

    Tl;dr get a man that can do both!
  16. physics


    Aug 7, 2009
    Berkeley, CA
    I like much of what I hear from Geddy Lee and Chris Squire, so I can see where clank could be used to good effect.

    However, my tone goals, at this point, are for precision and good clean note formation; hence, clank for me is a sign that I'm pushing myself beyond my skill level and it's something that I avoid.
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  17. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    Clank good ...

  18. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist ZOMG! I'm back from the dead! Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    I prefer grindy pick tone to clank, but that's just my taste. With anything you'd want to be consistent (clank with each hit, and not every now and then, that comes off as bad technique).
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  19. DiMarco


    Feb 4, 2010
    the Netherlands
    It is only bad technique if it hurts your fingers.
  20. zoonose


    Apr 4, 2005
    Alexandria, LA
    They sure do help!