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Made my First Rookie Mistake Today

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by Klaxxi, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. Klaxxi


    Mar 6, 2017
    Beaumont, TX
    Well I've been playing bass about a month now, can play a few easy songs, scales, etc. Today I decide to play around with some Tool songs so I need to tune to drop d. Well in my mind I figure that since the e string has the lower sound, I need to tune UP to D, and since you tighten a string to get a higher pich, well...

    So now I no longer have an E string and have to make a trip to Guitar Center and drop 20 bucks because I'm an idiot and forgot that you can actually tune up or down to reach different notes on the musical alphabet. Oh well, at least it'll be funny to look back on in a few years. :facepalm:
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  2. Six weeks since joining. Not a bad run.
    You really "needed" new strings anyway, right? RIGHT?.:smug:
  3. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    That's ok...some people cannot count to four
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  4. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    I've done exactly what you've done and I'll bet that we're not alone!....:D:thumbsup:
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  5. Klaxxi


    Mar 6, 2017
    Beaumont, TX
    Well, I just put these on about 2 weeks ago.. at least I'll have spares :D
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  6. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    By the next time you break a string, you will have plenty more "spares" :D

    (BTW, add me to the list of snapping E doing something similar)
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  7. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    I once broke a 0.026" string on my guitar by trying to tune it to B# :banghead:
  8. The good news is you tuned your bottom string up around 10 semi-tones higher and your bass took it like a man.

    Yes, most of us have done something similar, myself included.
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  9. dtripoli

    dtripoli SUSPENDED

    It's better to ask a dumb question here on TalkBass than spend money on a stupid mistake.
    Very few of us are well versed in all aspects of bassmanship, be it repair, amps, set-up, tabs, notation, technique, etc. That's why we ask dumb questions, ignore any snarky comments and save money or wasted hours in the process.
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  10. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    Also, don't use your fist when tuning, use an open hand.
  11. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    I can relate. I started playing in the early 1990's. The concept of tuning was lost on me when I received my first bass. For whatever reason, I got it in my head that you were supposed to tighten the tuning machines as tight as they go to get the instrument in tune (i.e. Like tightening a screw or nut). As you can imagine, that didn't go over very well. The neck had permanent issues and the G string managed to strike my right forearm and left a scar that is still present today.
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  12. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Not the first or last mistake you will make.
  13. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    That is pretty funny though. Bet you won't do that again!
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  14. Corevalay

    Corevalay Supporting Member

    Sep 10, 2009
    New Jersey
    I wouldn't worry about it too much. My first band in high school didn't even realize that there was such a thing as dropped D. So when the guitar players learned tabs for a song in D, They just played the bar cord while still tuned to E! Everything is a learning experience.
  15. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth

    Jan 2, 2015
    heart of darkness
    Could have been worse, a novice bass player I know was turning the wrong capstan. She was looking at the tuner not change, but plucking the wrong string.
    basically the string she was adjusting was not the same string the tuner was recognizing
    so she just kept turning it until actually breaking the tuning machine
  16. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016

    Be aware... be very aware.
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  17. edencab


    Aug 14, 2013
    Toronto, On
    been there done that, 1st bass :banghead:
  18. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    Now that I've done. Not to the point of breaking anything, but tuning and thinking "why the hell isn't this changing?". o_O
  19. Steadfast


    Sep 28, 2015
    Los Muertos
    Improving one mistake at a time.....

    Hey...I admire you for outing yourself and taking a walk of shame!

    When I first starting playing I had the strap on wrong....got laughed at.
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  20. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Welcome to TalkBass!

    I have been playing for more than thirty years. So any rookie mistakes I made (and I'm sure there were plenty) are distant memories....or can't rememberies. :D What ticks me off is when I make a rookie mistake thirty years in. :banghead:


    P.S. We like gear pics, new guy. Post some pics of your stuff, broken string and all, when you get a sec.
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