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Poll: Playing Beyond the Twelfth Fret

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by jackajesusfreak, Jul 3, 2010.

How do you play above the 12th fret?

Poll closed Aug 17, 2010.
  1. Never

    5 vote(s)
  2. Seldom

    103 vote(s)
  3. Frequently

    112 vote(s)
  1. jackajesusfreak


    Mar 5, 2009
    How often do you play above the twelfth fret?

  2. grifff


    Jan 5, 2009
    Towson, Maryland
    Seldom, but why not include an actual poll?
  3. CapnSev

    CapnSev Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    I do it sometimes, but I definitely do not ignore the frets beyond 12.
  4. jackajesusfreak


    Mar 5, 2009
    New at this grifff, not sure what you mean?
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Polls sometimes take a minute or so to appear when a new thread with a poll is opened; grifff probably opened the thread before the poll was visible.

    And I play around the 12th fret fairly often :)
  6. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    ***? Compared to brass instrument players, who have to struggle for years to develop high-range capability, do you have ANY idea how cool it is to to have wide-register capability if you simply pick a bass with more frets? How can you be a complete bass player without using the fat sound that obtains when you use the upper frets on your lower strings to get an even fatter, phatter sound? ***!
  7. Wasted Bassist

    Wasted Bassist

    Nov 11, 2008
    Fargo, ND
    I usually stay below the 12th fret unless I'm playing a solo, in which case I like to use all the notes I can find. I had a solo in a piece a while ago that ranged from my open E to the second octave on my G string (24th fret).


    Mar 14, 2008
    gotta work that neck bruh'
  9. All 24 of 'em get used regularly.
  10. Jefenator


    Aug 22, 2008
    Depends on the gig of course, but yeah, those upper frets get used. Not just on the highest string, either (IME the E & B strings can really kill up around the 15th fret).
  11. I play up there quite a bit,but usually just to get a fatter sound on swing tunes while palm muting to get an upright type tone.Never for solos,but I really don't care to take solos for the most part.
  12. wes stephenson

    wes stephenson Supporting Member

    Dec 18, 2009
    Dallas Texas!!!!
  13. somewhat frequently.
  14. Jibudo


    Mar 13, 2010
    Porto, Portugal
    Normally i just go above the 12th fret for some quick fills.
  15. johnny rg

    johnny rg

    Nov 24, 2008
    Dublin, Ireland
    I kinda prefer to go across the strings than go up the neck, personally
  16. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    Frequently - if you don't answer this, why not just have frets from 1 to 12-14 like Scott Ian of Anthrax did with his Jackson "NOT!" guitars in the late-'80s...

  17. elavate7


    Jul 8, 2009
    its all about "THE POCKET"
    i never have to....and i love it. sometimes i never play past the 9th fret lol
  18. 12+ is good for chords and fills. But I'm usually down the funky end of the board.
  19. jackajesusfreak


    Mar 5, 2009
    As the original post guy, I guess I should weigh in. As of right now, I have one song that I play above the 12th.
  20. Mr wiggl3s

    Mr wiggl3s Banned

    Feb 27, 2009
    How can so many people dismiss that sweet sweet tone you get?