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Teeth Picking a la Yngwie; Possible on bass?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by soong, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Just wondering if teeth picking has ever been successfully attempted on bass before and if so, a little direction and how to?

    - Daniel
  2. Jonyak


    Oct 2, 2007
    Ottawa, Ont
    teeth picking?? like jimi hendrix did?

    wouldn't you just break all your teeth out?

    and to answer your question I have no clue.
  3. gre107


    Dec 25, 2005
    What would you possibly gain from that?
  4. Personally I have no idea how/why this would be done, but please post a video when you do.
  5. onlyclave


    Oct 28, 2005
    You would gain the same thing from that as practicing sweep arpeggios.
  6. dj150888


    Feb 25, 2008
    Belfast, Ireland
    No you wouldn't, sweep picked arpeggios, though they're showy, still have a purpose other than showing off (no, its not a technique I use). A better comparison would be "You would gain the same thing from playing with your toes". Picking with your teeth? Its just a "look at me" technique, which goes against what I see the role of a bass player to be. But if it floats your boat, go for it.
  7. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com
    I wouldn't, but then again I like my teeth. Think about the dental bills on that , If you did it on a regular basis > Instead, take that money and do something smart or stupid with it, whichever works for you.
  8. bassmanslap


    Jun 21, 2008
    Are you an idiot? Do you want to break your teeth? :eyebrow:
  9. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    Yngvie picking with teeth:

    Since you can't see it, it is hard to say exactly how he is doing it, but it seems he is keeping his head somewhat stationary and mostly moving the guitar with his hands.

    As far as the consequences for your teeth, meh. The things you gotta do for show biz... :D
  10. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    It sounds like a$$, trust me................

    Damn' guitarist, look what I can do, can you?!

    Turns out I could, and it sounds like a$$, not ever gona do that again.:rollno:
  11. Rickett Customs

    Rickett Customs

    Jul 30, 2007
    Southern Maryland
    Luthier: Rickett Customs...........www.rickettcustomguitars.com


  12. CraigG


    Mar 14, 2006
    Mechanicsburg, PA
    I have long considered picking guitar with one's teeth to probably be the most pointless things that I have ever seen a guitarist do. Personally, it strikes me as being more goofy than impressive. Please don't take bass playing down to that level.
  13. MrLenny


    Jun 10, 2006
    So. N.H.
    I work with a guitar player who solos with his teeth on select songs.
    It sounds great and he flies on his solos. Yes, he grew up with Hendrix.
    yes, he is showing off, but the crowd loves it night after night.
  14. Muss


    Nov 20, 2007
    you can just play behind your head like the guitarists do, it's the same show off effect and it's really not that hard
  15. soong


    May 10, 2007
    Gosh you guys are really pouncing on me for this one!

    Just a thought, nothing serious!
  16. I played with my genitals once for kicks. [In private of course.]
  17. Joel S.

    Joel S. Reserved for future witty use...

    Jul 9, 2008
    I could imagine a bass string breaking while teeth picking could have painful results.
  18. mambo4


    Jun 9, 2006
    Its easy! I learned form a guitar player i used to jam with. It's really a 2 step process::

    1.) hold instrument up to your face
    2.) cheat: play with a pick any way -nobody can see

    it sounds stupid, i know, but the first time the guitarist tried it, we all went "holy cr*p!" and were totally fooled.

    My guess is that anybody of a mind to be impressed by teeth playing is not going to notice it's a trick anyhow :bassist:
  19. mutedeity


    Aug 27, 2007
    Why would you even bother making this thread, unless it was to give onlyclave yet another chance to impart his immense wisdom once again?

    By the way that whole thing of playing with the teeth is commonly a trick where the notes are tapped with the fretting hand while the loser doing it tries to look convincing to the 12 year olds that buy it.
  20. Sifl


    May 14, 2008
    Seattle, WA
    You should pick with your tongue.

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