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The proper way to play a six string bass.

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by gebass6, Nov 4, 2017.


  1. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    Listen and learn.

    Observe the late Dave Carpenter with the late Allan Holdsworth.
    See how Dave plays low bass notes AND executes chords while Allan solos.
    This is one ability of six string bass.
    This is one way that I aspire to play it.

     
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  2. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    I've been working on chords using a method I learned in Holdsworths instructional video. Take a scale for a simple example let's say C Major just because it has no sharps or flats. Using a 3 string fingering pattern lets say 2-3, 1-2-4, 1-3-4 and choose one note off each string say C, E and A there you have a C Major 6. If you move the A up to B you have a C Major 7 etc.

    Here is another 6 sting bass chord master:



    C/S,
    Rev J
     
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  3. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    Another way to go at it is like this. Start with some Jaco/Chuck Rainey type grooves with double stops, then add a 4th on top of those double stops, since you have that extra string to do it with.

    C/S,
    Rev J
     
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  4. Bob_Ross

    Bob_Ross Supporting Member

    Dec 29, 2012
    Have you heard Dave Carpenter rip through "Giant Steps"? Dude definitely knew his way around the entire fretboard...in all registers...simultaneously.

    Two giants in that OP video, gone. :::sadface:::
     
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  5. Perhaps it's my difference in musical background but...





    I may have to disagree.
     
  6. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    In none of the vids you posted are any of those bassist using the G and C strings.
    Neither for chords or higher lines.
    Why have those extra strings if they're not going to use them?

    They could have done just as well on a five string.
    Or a BEAD bass.
     
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  7. Perhaps not in those recordings, but all the guys I posted make full use of their instrument. It just isn't necessary in every song, especially when those bands have 2 or 3 guitarists.

    These absolute monsters of bassists make more obvious use of the whole range, even on a 7 stringed instrument.






    Bonus points for fretless.
     

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