Is this true? Only open strings on metal?

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

  1. SLPimp

    SLPimp An Injury to One is an Injury to All Suspended Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2020
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    Crap, I use everything EXCEPT open strings. There goes the last 20 years.
  2. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    Don’t fret.
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  3. They might honestly have only subscribed for the lulz, tbh.
  4. No, no it's not. You don't get any more notes per song with altered tunings.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2021
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  5. In all fairness to his bass playing on that performance.... they let him SING LEAD on the song.... so hells yea use a simple bass line for sure :)

    but yea, agreed about him, he's awesome, adn can seriously play, but he did get seriously laaaaazy
  6. David76112


    Feb 19, 2012
    LOL! If I were to go fretless, i could have as many notes as I wanted in the first position. All those quarter tones!
  7. I'm surprised the dude didn't buy a fretless bass because he thinks he only needs to play open strings and doesn't need any frets... hmmm
  8. rtav

    rtav Millionaire Stuntman, Half-Jackalope

    Dec 12, 2008
    Chicago, IL

    It is totally possible to play nothing EXCEPT open strings on a bass, for any song in any key with no detuning.

    With a 12-string bass, each string tuned to standard tuning, a world of non-fretted, difficult to control and quickly mute open string notes are to be had by anyone. Think, "Badly designed harp that no one asked for."

    It could be done...

  9. Really wish I could have seen the video before it got taken down, but then again it sounds like something that would have made my IQ drop.
  10. Aw god dammit, he deleted that video and the one talking poopie about me because i asked why he didn't use the fretboard...
  11. Erik herman

    Erik herman Gold Supporting Member

    The master of the fret less bass!
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  12. David76112


    Feb 19, 2012
    That dude is lucky he never heard any Mark Sandman. Now that was a very unique and effective style of Bass playing.
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  13. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017

    Another win for the cyber-bullies.
  14. MikePlaysBass


    Oct 3, 2011
    Well, that covers B,E,A,D, & G (assuming a 5 string), which actually could work for a lot of songs. I guess if you want to play in a key other than G or Em, though, then you’d need to use a capo.
  15. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    Joke's on him, I know 31ways!:roflmao:
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  16. bobalu


    Oct 1, 2004
    above the 49th
    That's what I initially thought as well. :unsure:
  17. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    I disclose nothing
    I was thinking the same thing
  18. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    Chug on an E!
  19. Wood and Wire

    Wood and Wire

    Jul 15, 2017
    So, who's actually watched his Metallica, Black Sabbath, and Primus videos?

    The guy is a genius (not quite to the same level of commitment as the guy who claimed to be from Manchester, but very clearly wasn't - - but a genius nonetheless).
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  20. QweziRider

    QweziRider Supporting Member

    Sep 15, 2008
    Northern Nevada, U.S.
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