Is this true? Only open strings on metal?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Arzakyum, Jun 2, 2021.

  1. Hey guys so i'm saving money for my first bass and I've been looking at bass technic videos and other videos about bass. I came across this video and in the video he says that you can play only open strings for metal? I'm not sure if i understood correctly. On his covers he only plays open strings and doesn't do any fretting. As someone that doesn't even play yet, is this correct? I've never seen this before.

    Thank you guys.
    Last edited: Jun 2, 2021
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  2. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    He is not someone who’s advice I’d take on most things.
  3. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017

    how can there be over 30 ways to play a bass line, when you only have access to 4, or 5 notes?
  4. And seeing as he only plays open strings...He can only play 4 notes.
  5. Nothing about that is true. In fact, I’ve played most metal on fretted notes rather than open notes.
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  6. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    48 subscribers beg to differ with you.
  7. Ok, got it. I'll only play open strings when i start playing.
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  8. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
    30 different ways???? Hell, I've been doing it all wrong!
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  9. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    Why didn't you bypass this schmoe and go straight to the Michael Manring video?
  10. Because i had a feeling this guy was talking out of his ass...but i wasn't sure
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  11. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music. Supporting Member

    What is your verdict?
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  12. Cavemanfrmc


    Apr 11, 2021
    Guess all those guys who play in the middle of the neck aren't good bass players and are wasting their time. Who knew?

    Yeah, I wouldn't take that guy too seriously.​
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  13. stigbeve


    Sep 24, 2014
    Reminds me of a "lesson" I saw on YouTube where they said to never play open strings. :roflmao:

    I'm honestly not sure if he knows the difference between an open string and a root note.
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  14. He is indeed talking out of his ass. ahahahha
  15. MattZilla


    Jun 26, 2013
    Woah, Nellie! Watch out, Scott Devine!

    There are more than 48 people in my village who smoke meth.

    I’m okay with differing with a whopping 48 people who subscribed to a dude who doesn’t care enough about his content or his viewers to invest the cost of a twelve pack of beer on a dang tripod.
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  16. Why put the effort in when you can only play open strings!
  17. At least he has a ton of basses to play all those open strings with!
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  18. Rick_Bass

    Rick_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2020
    Ill let this speak for itself.....
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  19. David76112


    Feb 19, 2012
    If you use altered tunings, anything is possible.
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  20. Erik herman

    Erik herman Gold Supporting Member

    He ain’t no bass player, dead give away, he didn’t have a 9volt to put in that smoke detector!
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