Low percussive sound?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by zorg, Sep 21, 2017.

  1. zorg


    Feb 7, 2008
    Is it possible to get an extremely low-pitched, percussive effect on electric bass? Say if I don't want to specify a note, just a very low, short-duration percussive sound with indeterminate pitch, similar to a low "chug" noise on a guitar? If so, are there any sound samples of something like this?
    I imagine it would be notated with an "x" notehead or something like that.
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    An octave pedal and ghost notes?
  3. Josh Kneisel

    Josh Kneisel

    Jun 17, 2016
    palm mute with a pic through distortion?
  4. Josh Kneisel

    Josh Kneisel

    Jun 17, 2016
    or just mute the string and play a note so it goes "thuk"
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  5. ba55i5t


    May 24, 2006
    If you use a Rocco Prestia style mute you might be able to get something like this (ie. what he does on What is Hip?).
  6. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    Ghost notes through muting with fingers or pick.

    Correct EQ will accentuate the notes.
  7. zorg


    Feb 7, 2008
    From what you're saying, it sounds like muting the string will produce a "toneless" sound. Thank you!
  8. Badwater


    Jan 12, 2017
    Ghost note?
    OR... Like a stand up double bass attack?
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