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Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by grrg63, Dec 8, 2016.
Im a middle man.
When I started I was definitely the 'High Tower' guy (thanks to Mark King!) Now I'm 'Middle Man' - 'plays anything, with a smile'. Yup, that's me!
Hmm... I always thought strap length was inversely proportional to shoe size?
I try to have the strap adjusted so that the Guitar is in the same place whether I am standing or sitting. (Sorry, I can't claim to be a bass-player...All I play is a 12-string guitar, a six-string baritone, and various violin-family instruments...and all of 'em just by ear. I don't claim to be a real musician at all.) Cute post, though.
Somewhere between low and middle. I just make noise in my bedroom.
Low rider here.
bad right shoulder, playing in the middle..
I'm confused. If I play slap for metal songs, what strap length do I need?
Obeyer bordering on folkie?
I tie my strap around my waist like Steve Albini .
Was a low-rider for years, but old age and tendonitis have made it creep upwards over the last decade.
Always middle for me, for purely ergonomic reasons. I'm a strong believer in keeping both wrists as straight as possible. A low-slung bass makes this easy for the plucking hand but impossible for the fretting hand, and vice-versa for a bass worn too high. The sweet spot for me is right in the middle, with the headstock angled 20 degrees or so upward (and often outward, away from my body).
I keep it where it is most comfortable to play. For me, different basses may require adjustment.
Like @samson3382, I too am an "Obeyed bordering on folkie." It's comfy and allows me to access the whole neck without feeling like I'm resting my chin on my bass.
Chris from Muse and Justin Chancellor look so cool playing The Low Rider. Wish I was as cool using The Obeyer, but that's where it's comfortable to play.
Straps are for sissies, I hold up my bass with just my fretting hand.
The rule for guitar players is you start with the guitar at your knees at 14 and hike it 1/2" a year until it chafes your nipples.
I use a Slinger hip strap. I graduated HS in '71 with a 32" waist. I now have ballooned to 33". As long as my hips stay where they are, my bass will remain at the same height.
Defo Low Rider, I may even brush up against knuckle dragger now and then, but full up knuckle drag I don't find comfortable, nor anything above a medium hi Low Rider, if you follow...
But when I switched to bass from guitar, the straps all got cinched up at first, but now...every strap I own is set for it's longest length...
I think I'm a middle man (possibly bordering with low rider) but with guitar I keep it up probably at obeyer just because it's easier while I'm learning.
<------ Middle Man, always have been, always will be. The characterization provided in the OP is just about accurate.
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