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R&B on a 4 string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stupidnick, Aug 20, 2002.

  1. Stupidnick


    Mar 22, 2002
    ...my room...
    most of the R&B and soul guys i see on tv all have 5 or 6 strings..
    i was just wondering if you could get a low deep grove on a 4 stringto go with a nice drum track.
    i wanna get a 5 string soon for that low B for stuff like this .. but..i dont have one now..
    I was just wondering though i know it sounds like a retarted question..

    i have a friend who sings like soul music.. very powerful voice.. i was going to invite him over sometime to record a track.. just smooth slow bluesy soul stuff..
    like i know you can get a low low groove.. its just.. would it sound okay in a mix.. say with the bass all the way down
  2. steveg


    Feb 26, 2002
    Try a set of flat wounds. You loose the overtones and get lots of fundamental, which to me makes it feel lower.
  3. ldiezman


    Jul 11, 2001
    I do Some R&B stuff with my band and I only play on a 5-string.. 4-strings are fine as well.. but I don't just see R&B bassist playing 5 and 6-string basses.. I see a good number of them who play on 4-stringers...
  4. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    wasn't motown _the_ r&b? james didn't play no 5 string :D.

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