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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by BusyFingers, Jan 10, 2017.
I prefer corn, it's tastier.
Playing Punk Rock fingerstyle I use a lot of clank. Thank heaven clank exists.
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.
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.
Based on most of the isolated bass tracks I hear, clank is far more common than most of us realize.
I love clank, like one big $%#@&(*^ angry piano please.
No effect or stylization can be considered "bad" if you're doing it intentionally - and you can control it.
Sometimes intentional "mistakes" can make a song.
(For the record, I don't care at all for clanking. But saying it's not my cuppa isn't the same thing as calling it poor technique. Something worth keeping in mind. Because half the arguments that break out here come down to differences in opinion over personal playing styles rather than actual substance.)
I hope not...I love to clank!
If it is bad technique, then I am one bad motherf$!*#%
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?
Clank is 100% essential to my tone.
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.
My bass won't clank. Do I need those metal stripey bits down the long wooden part?
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
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!
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.
Clank good ...
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).
It is only bad technique if it hurts your fingers.
They sure do help!