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Practice mute as performance accessory?

Discussion in 'Accessories [DB]' started by Harry D'Agostino, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. Harry D'Agostino

    Harry D'Agostino

    Jan 24, 2015

    I just got off a tour where I brought along a practice mute to try not to disturb others while I practice when staying with hosts on the road.

    I noticed it gave a nice muted percussive sound to my pizzicato, like when you stuff a sock near the bridge on an electric bass.

    For the kind of group I play in I thought it might be useful to try to use it in a live setting to recreate that effect.

    I'm wondering if anyone has tried this before and what their experience has been? I bet it has the added bonus of busting feedback on a festival stage

    Thanks, Harry
  2. tmntfan


    Oct 6, 2011
    Edmonton canada
    I've used the little orchestral mutes on a gig before to help with feedback.
    Not really tired for different tones.
    DB is pretty dead anyways so i imagine it makes more sense to try different strings instead, but if you wanted to try playing more of a slap type thing on upright it would tighten up the high end for more of a sharp sound. might wreak havoc on your finger board though.
  3. Harry D'Agostino

    Harry D'Agostino

    Jan 24, 2015
    In my head, it would be to try and mimic like a James Jamerson electric bass tone
  4. bengreen


    Jan 26, 2016
    San Diego
    For me the big change is in the arco.

    Most of my practice is with the mute for the same reason as yours.

    I love the sound with the heavy rubber mute (dark, mellow, old!) and the bow articulation feels significantly more positive and forgiving. When I take it off, I feel like I'm playing on roller skates until I get reoriented.

    Wish I could keep that sound and response and have the volume too. Might be time to explore setup again but hate to experiment during playing season.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017
  5. sevenyearsdown

    sevenyearsdown Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY

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