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Punk players attention

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by russ_4ft, Sep 18, 2001.

  1. Just a few questions,

    Do any of you use your fingers? (i do an i think it's better)

    What type of variations do you use? (i normally stick to a scale, quick and sharp at the end of a bar)

    Do you follow the guitarist most or play the octave?

    just wondering for research purposes!

    - Russ
  2. I use a pick when I when it doesn't sound too high-pitched.

    I will often arpegiate the guitarists chords in my basslines.

    I include some scale-based improv, and some chromatic guitar-chord based improv. I try to stick with what the guitarist plays so it doesn't sound raucous


    Apr 13, 2001
    Kent, England.
    I play with a pick but I want to change to using my fingers, but I can't seem to get the attack I want in my sound.
    When I write punk basslines I rely very much on the song almost already being written. In my punk band the singer/guitarist writes the chord structure and lyrics and we all jam it out until the song is written. This is a lengthy process and it takes about 20 or so times through the song before my bass part is finalised.
    The important concet is to Listen before touching your bass. Just listen to the chord structure and play what you hear. Play fills during breaks in the lyrics or at bthe end of a bar before a key change or chord change.
    Hope this helps.
  4. melvin


    Apr 28, 2001
    Fingers all the way. I do whatever I know fits the song. If I think that I should just hit roots, thats what Ill do. If it needs movement, thats what Ill do.
  5. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I use a pick and I play root notes with the occasional pentatonic (or some other scale) fill. My main influence is Rancid, so I try to play like Freeman. But I use mostly root notes because I am one of the singers in my band.

    I think punk will make another comeback. Its been what... 10 years now? We need another musical revolution. All there is now is corporate teen pop vs corporate nu metal. I predict that punk will be rearing its ugly little head very soon. ;)
  6. Pick, and because I sing, the lines are easy, but the *solos* rawk big time :rolleyes: :p
  7. jvasquez18


    Sep 23, 2000
    S.E. 323, 13

    nah dude, punk lost its cause. probably a new form.
  8. cap


    Aug 8, 2001
    Hickam Hawaii
    punk never had a solid cause...or a smart one...dont get me wrong...its good but not well thought out...but then again...what teenage life style is? The scary thing is...im 15...:confused:
  9. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    I'm not in a ba yet,but when playing at home to songs,I usually play with my fingers.I usually use a pick once in awhile for fun,or while playing AFI songs.It just sounds better with a pick for AFI songs.I think playing with your fingers gives it a more solid tone.

    CAP,I love the last sentence in your signature!I havent understood what it meant for so long but now i get it.ahhh,thats hilarious!
  10. what does that mean? :confused:
  11. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    Octave note of what the geetar is playing?
  12. Zirc


    May 13, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I use my fingers, but not when I'm playing punk. A pick can create way more growl than my fingers. My fingers make the tone sound more dull than a pick.

    I usually hit a root note, then play a little fill in the key (I'm most comparable to the bassist from Anti-Flag)

    Guitarist follows me :p, it varies what octave he plays in. I usually play low - middle octave though, I leave the high one to guitar.
  13. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    Yeah, your age is showing. Go learn something about a life style. Dont give me that rubbish "I hang out with a lot of punks, I know what its all about". If thats your answer than the punks you hang out with are ignorant or you are.

    :Edit: I play with my fingers and a pick, I use whatever I think the song calls for.
  14. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    Punk players attention

    Real punkers ignore people who say attention ;)

    Seriously, I really can't answer because when I played punk full-time, it was all picks. Every other punk bassist I saw as we toured used a pick.

    Bass amps weren't highly developed in the 70's since the bass market didn't explode until the 80's. So, a pick enabled you to compete better with the guitarist's stack by making your tone more cutting.

    I never mirrored the guitarist. He was mainly a chord-slammer and I was actually a better single note player than he was because I had formal guitar instruction.
  15. cap


    Aug 8, 2001
    Hickam Hawaii
    I never said i hang out w/ punks. All i meant was that the over all goal to avoid conformity could never happen. too many people get involved and before you know it you are a part of the newest trend otherwise known as punk. All that stuff about destroying the system, if you were to actually try to think about doing it instead of just talking about it, then you could figure out they could figure out that 1 person on the inside could do so much more damage than the whole group on the outside. this isn't meant to insult you or anything but dont call me ignorant if you dont know anything about me.
  16. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    Conformity is in the mind not in the dress, bro.

    Read my sig...Go educated yourself with some real punk ideas and philosophies.
  17. cap


    Aug 8, 2001
    Hickam Hawaii
    Thats quite possibily one of the smartest things ive heard anybody say in a while.

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