Where do you sling it? And why?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by tb-player, May 19, 2021.

  1. As low as I can get it

  2. Low, but vertical. I need to see that neck!

  3. Low, but more around the belt

  4. Covering my belly with the headstock at 45-degrees

  5. Covering my belly with the neck at 90-degrees

  6. Hike it up there. I like to feel it on my chest.

  7. Can't get high enough. There's magic in the bowtie bass.

  8. I like carrots.

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  1. I have freakishly long monkey arms so I keep it low enough that my right index and middle fingers naturally land on the strings with my arm completely relaxed. My main basses are balanced such that they form the 45 degree angle.

    More recently I have experimented with raising it slightly, but generally I keep it low. I play at a church and sometimes use their bass; I almost always have to adjust the strap a lot longer when I play it.
  2. AFRO


    Aug 29, 2010
    when I got good enough to play out: and WAY back when I had the 4 banger.. I was really low sling type. (like that first Doug Pinnik pic...) my gangly XL hands can wrap around the neck pretty good and I can 'thumb-fret' the E and and even A string(s) (kinda Hendrix like) so it didnt really matter how low I could sling it.

    after I got my 5 string, the bass gravitated MUCH higher up the sling line pretty much immediately.

    Now: I am closer to position in posts #19 and #20 <-- Standing pics in this post.

    This lift was mainly because the extra string made the fretboard significantly bigger, so I had to adjust up since I was giving myself some wrist issues with the low sling on the higher strings...the 'Hendrix grip' was less effective on a 5 slung low for me. then I started to go more towards the 45 degree angle as well to get my wrist in most optimal playing position for OFPF (one finger per fret) fingerings.

    Ill highly doubt I will ever go back to a 4 (well at least CURRENTLY I have no plans to ever do so) so I will be in the hinger sling range.

    stay low my friends
  3. el murdoque

    el murdoque

    Mar 10, 2013
    My strap is set so when I sit down the bass is in the same position.
    I have one strap that's a little longer which I use mainly for rock where the playing is faster and more straining for the right hand but the fretting is easier.
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    Dec 19, 2020
    Manchester, NH
    Low, but more around the belt... neck 45 degree-ish. Why? I suppose it just feels like a good mix between looking cool and feeling comfortable to play. I've tried both higher and lower positions but keep coming back to this one. Anyways, snapped a pic to illustrate:
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  5. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Chicago Illinois
    Like this.
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  6. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown

    Feb 16, 2011
    And totally preventable.
  7. Blenin

    Blenin Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2009
    Like this. Can't wear it any lower because I have short little t-rex arms
  8. Basvarken

    Basvarken Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2010
    Velp Rockcity
    Amateur Luthier / Gibson Bass Book

    at crotch height :cool:
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  9. And that's all what I yam!

    Wouldn't have expected many people around here to have remembered that one, except perhaps for the spinach-eaters.
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  10. klaymaster


    Jun 10, 2016
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  11. LBS-bass


    Nov 22, 2017
    In that bunch of pictures, I'm either Geddy or the guy just above him, or somewhere in-between. I will pull the headstock more vertical when it suits what I need to play. What's in my avatar is about right; I don't get much more vertical than that.
  12. ThudThudThud


    Jun 4, 2010
    Based on the OP examples, about the same as Geddy, but without all the genius baggage.
  13. jdthebassman

    jdthebassman play to live live to play Supporting Member

    I wear it the same height standing or sitting check my avatar.
  14. tonedeaf

    tonedeaf Supporting Member

    High-ish, 45-ish

    Used to wear them real low but they’ve risen over time

  15. Belly and 45. It really depends on the length of your arms. If you can touch your knees without bending over, then low slung is probably right for you. Also depends if you use a pick or not.
  16. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Sit down and play with your instrument resting on your leg. Now stand up. The bass should hang in that same spot. Extreme low (rawk) and extreme high (bass necklace) will stress your arms/wrists/hands and result in repetitive stress problems.
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  17. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    A bit lower than Geddy'ish for me I guess and probably closer to 80 degree neck angle as seen in my avatar pic. I think it gives me a nice balance of control of the instrument, looking cool and also being able to move the bass around a bit dramatically if the performance requires. Swing it, pull it to the side of the body, point at the audience, pull the headstock up or down etc.

    I mix it up though. Sometimes I sling it a bit lower (especially playing rock with my P-bass) and the neck angle varies. When I was playing gospel I would hike it up a bit though not as high as the pic in the OP. That does seem to give me a bit more speed.
  18. gmarcus

    gmarcus Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2003
    Off the hip with a Slinger Strap, but really nobody is looking at me :)

    Attached Files:

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  19. Lenny JG

    Lenny JG

    Aug 3, 2019
    received_2992607740963959.jpeg Something like this usually
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  20. Runlikegregg


    Dec 31, 2011
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