Is this true? Only open strings on metal?

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


  1. That must explain this thing:
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  2. Paul New

    Paul New Supporting Member

    Jun 1, 2004
    deepest alabama
    No way! Metal bassists don't use all the open strings. It ain't jazz!
     
  3. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess Spicy Big Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    What?
     
  4. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    I never realized there were so many strings on a bass!!
     
  5. swarfrat

    swarfrat

    Sep 23, 2014
    Back in the days of rec.music.makers.bass there was a tale of a band not allowed to take breaks, Gloria, and a urinal. I couldn't find it the last time I searched, but I bet it's still out there
     
  6. RichardW

    RichardW

    Feb 25, 2016
    near Philly
    This. I generally try to avoid playing open strings. It makes those rare times I do that much more special. :D
     
  7. lermgalieu

    lermgalieu Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2000
    Mill Valley, CA
     
  8. MF-Winzlow

    MF-Winzlow

    Mar 1, 2019
    Cntrl FL
    I recommend that the guy in the video go STRINGLESS :bassist:and see if that improves his "metal" technique...I suspect it will at least improve his sound...
     
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  9. lfmn16

    lfmn16

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv
    You will see many very stupid things on the internet. This is one of them.
     
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  10. kentiki

    kentiki

    May 14, 2008
    What's the best open string for metal?
     
  11. Black Out Jazz

    Black Out Jazz Suspended Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2021
    location is overrated
    Flat torts.
     
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  12. Tosh

    Tosh

    Jul 12, 2020
    Salem, Oregon
    Definition of open string
    : a string in stairs having its upper edge cut to fit underneath the steps, and its ends overlapping the edge

    that's Heavy Metal - overlapping the edge
     
  13. Herrick

    Herrick

    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    Funny thread. Thanks to the OP and to those who responded with serious replies.
     
  14. RodneyM

    RodneyM

    Dec 9, 2018
    Los Angeles
    Yes! Yes, it's true.
    And it's about time you found out.
     
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  15. Rip Van Dan

    Rip Van Dan DNA Endorsing Artist Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2009
    Duvall, WA
    Still would be only 4 notes though...
     
  16. Remember, ANYONE can make a YouTube video
     
  17. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    With enough strings and mastery of harmonics, many things are possible. But that doesn't make them less silly.
     
  18. swarfrat

    swarfrat

    Sep 23, 2014
    That's how an entire family of instruments works.
     
  19. danbones

    danbones

    Sep 24, 2017
    Los Angeles
    ok so who here plays in the pocket and who here is a total hot dog?

    because i am a conceited show off and i need whoever is going on stage after me that i’m better than them. :roflmao:
     
  20. Sid Fang

    Sid Fang Reformed Fusion Player Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2008
    And some of them can be pretty badass. But not for metal bass parts.
     
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