Is this possible? (string dynamics)

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by BrandonBass, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    I have found that I prefer to pluck my E string near the bridge, and the A string alittle closer to the neck, D string a step further from the A string and finally the G string somewhere near a jazz neck pickup.

    I like the E string to sound tight, but when I play at the bridge and i skip to the higher strings, my hand will gravitate nearer to the bridge when I play the high strings. This makes the D and G strings sound too thin for my taste.

    But if I play the d and g strings near the neck, my E string sounds muddy in the neck position as well. ANy tips?
  2. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    There's no rule against moving your right hand around to pluck in different places as you play. I use all locations between the neck and the bridge on all strings depending on the sound I want. For fast string jumping passages, you may have to compromise somewhere in the middle.
  3. Skitch it!

    Skitch it!

    Sep 6, 2010
    +1 This.
  4. It is completely understandable: g-string sounds thin plucked at the bridge but E-string sounds muddy at the neck so you gotta compensate.

    I pluck above the neck pickup most of the time (i play PJ-style basses), but if i play G or D string, my right hand moves closer to neck to make sound beefier (if i play bassline, not soloing, of course). Recently i've switched to 5-string and i've found that i have to pick B-string much closer to bridge pickup otherwise it lacks clarity.
  5. I do almost exactly the same thing. I didn't even notice it until my guitarist pointed it out to me :)
  6. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    Actually i do that when i play. But its hard to get it consistent when a more intricate string skipping line is presented. gotta compromise i guess
  7. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    One of the nicer things about a reversed P pickup....
  8. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    how r they different from a normal p tone-wise?
  9. Russell L

    Russell L

    Mar 5, 2011
    Cayce, SC
    Yeah, it's something I've been aware of. I try to do the same thing, basically, but sometimes it's hard to always move for forward for the smaller strings. I mean, it get's hard for me to remember sometimes. Sometimes it comes natural, but not always. I have it bad because I also pick with my nails.

    By the way, I can get my PJ bass (Jazz Bass Special) to sound just like a Jazz if I play both pickups and get at the right place on the string for picking it.
  10. The reversed P tends to have a more balanced tone from string to string when compared to a regular P.