Should I be humiliated to play a 6 string?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Flatty Banks, Aug 16, 2009.


  1. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    California
    All good bros.
     
  2. Bryan R. Tyler

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

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    There are millions of kids walking around wearing Miley Cyrus t-shirts. Do you feel humiliated for not wearing one?

    Play what you like (unless it gets you fired/not hired). Don't spaz :)
     
  3. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    California
    Haha, you make a point. Also; if you want to give me one of your basses, I'm all ears. :)
     
  4. UncleBalsamic

    UncleBalsamic

    Jul 8, 2007
    UK
    No.
     
  5. Bryan R. Tyler

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

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    While the image of a person composed entirely of ears both intrigues and disgusts me, I'll have to decline :D
     
  6. ga_edwards

    ga_edwards

    Sep 8, 2000
    UK, Essex
    It's all in the mind mate. Like me until recently, you're being overly self-critical. (Having NLP sessions).

    Does it sound good? Does it feel good? Do you get compliments? If yes, stop worrying.
     
  7. NOVAX

    NOVAX

    Feb 7, 2009
    Kalifornia
    Only if you're playing it in front of people:smug:
     
  8. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    California
    Yes, yes, and yes.

    This whole thing just sparked up when some kid at a Reggae festival, playing his 4' Stingray laughed at my bass. I don't know, I guess I'm self conscious. I have to say, though, my skill level in Dub was far superior.

    Judge for yourself:

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    The only thing factory is the body.
     
  9. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I recently did a gig on the Waianae side of Oahu, where every other band was a local Reggae/Hawaiian type deal. Very heavily influenced by dub. All the dudes there were playing really cheap 4 strings. I showed up with my LEJ 6 string, and every other bass player commented that they wished they could have one like mine.

    Play what you've got, and play it well.
     
  10. Craig_S

    Craig_S Inactive

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    Humiliated? I think you should be absolutely destroyed... Burn the Brice, right away, and go buy yourself a cheap Beatle bass! Hurry, before it's too late for you!
     
  11. Bryan R. Tyler

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

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Aw, man- I didn't know that was part of the deal :(
     
  12. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    California
    Your website's pornographic, with all those Elrick photos. :)

    Tell me when you have one for sale, seriously. I can't afford a new one.
     
  13. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    California
    Bahaha.

    I guess it's just the fact that I've never seen a Reggae player EVER play a 6'er or a fretless. Is that because they can't afford more strings?
     
  14. blowinblue

    blowinblue Kind of not blue. Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2006
    SoCal USA
    What a great piece of advice! Imagine how the number of lame and unnecessary posts would be reduced if so many TBers didn't 'spaz'. On second thought, where would the entertainment value be? :rolleyes:

    M. M.
     
  15. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Worrying about another bassist laughing, is a great way to end up making a stupid decision you will regret. The guy laughing is an @$$hole, plain and simple.

    Like another TB'er said, if instrument choice means losing or gaining a gig, that is another issue. The question then is how much does the gig pay, can it lead to anything, and how serious about music as career are you?:eyebrow:
     
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Your response: "Yeah, I graduated from four strings quite a while ago. Sixers are harder to play, but I get a lot more versatility out of it." They're the ones to snicker at.
     
  17. bickele

    bickele

    Dec 29, 2003
    Bergen, Norway
    Should you be humiliated to play a 6 string?

    Only if you play it badly

    b.
     
  18. Flatty Banks

    Flatty Banks

    Oct 26, 2008
    California
    I really don't play it badly; but am I really looking that goofy?
     
  19. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Inactive

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    Custom neck?
     
  20. bassplayeroreo

    bassplayeroreo

    Jun 8, 2009
    Tel Aviv
    why should you care? If the bass sounds great, then the bass is great. If it looks great to your eyes, then it looks great.
     
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