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Why six-string bassists can never explain why that many are needed

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by los100malditos, May 28, 2012.

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  1. Why six-string bassists can never quite manage to explain to anyone else why that many are needed.
  2. I find it somewhat condescending to pose questions like "why do you need so many strings?"
  3. manbearpig97


    Mar 28, 2010
    I don't believe that that's a coherent sentence.
  4. who, me? or OP?
  5. manbearpig97


    Mar 28, 2010
    Not you, the OP.
  6. KeithPas


    May 16, 2000
    Why would anyone have to explain anything? If you don;t want to play a six string then don;t play one.
  7. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    I'll just assume you're asking the question.

    Just in case you didn't know , the first bass in history had six strings.[violone/upright]

    Six strings allow you to play in one position , very helpful if sight-reading.

    Many people just plain can't discern low notes , so you're obliged to take four choruses
    on Giant Steps up the octave :)
  8. SRFSterling5


    Sep 24, 2011
    You get a low B and a high C, which extends range in both directions
    without having to resort to alternative stringing like BEAD and losing
    the upper notes. It may not be for everyone.
  9. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    And to the angry posters, ein klein nacht fingerpochen.
  10. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Always overcompensating Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    I don't need to explain myself, and I don't need 6 strings. Hell, you don't NEED 4 strings either, do you?
  11. f64

    f64 Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Naples, FL
    Many basses from the early 1800's actually had 3 strings.
  12. Two is sufficient:

    Your sentence is incomplete. Needs a few more strings...er...words.
  13. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    Eastern North Dakota
    Not again. This is the last time I respond to a "why do you need" thread. I need whatever because I do. If you don't, fine.
  14. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    I do a lot of upper register chording and double stops, plus I play in a prog rock group, I like to unison/harmony lines without being 2 octaves away.

    I find it is great for fleshing out a trio. Your question is extremely ignorant as I imagine you must be in the rest of your daily life....

    Who owes you an answer for anything? I do my thing you do yours.
  15. 5's and 6ers don't settle for the "standard" 4 string basses. We demand more! We deserve more! We laugh in the face of the "masses" hahahaha silly sheeple, they told you that you only "need" 4 strings and you believe them! hahahaha silly fools.
  16. chubfarm2001

    chubfarm2001 Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2010
    St. Marys, Ohio
    I play 6 strings the same reason I love bacon, because I'm a MAN. :D
  17. f64

    f64 Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2009
    Naples, FL
    Everything has it's place. Session bassists will use a 4, 5 or 6 string depending on what is needed. What you use gigging depends on the songs played and what you need for them. I've switched between sets just to use something more comfortable.
  18. For some reason, 6 string basses appeal to me and I've always wanted to use one. That being said, I've always gone back to 5, and I really probably don't even -need- that many. I've owned two 6 stringers and sold both, but that doesn't mean that some day I won't buy another; they're just plain cool!
  19. throughthefire


    Oct 1, 2010
    Who would you have to explain yourself to?

    Someone in the audience?
    "I use six strings because I need them for this gig. Tell me again, where are YOU playing tonight?"

    The guitar player?
    "Tell me again why you need 48 different distortion pedals on your board?"


    "How many strings do YOU have?"


    "Is that a 12-string guitar? Why do you need so many?"

    The piano player?
    "88 keys? You only have 10 fingers and thumbs! What's wrong with 61 keys?"

  20. britainblues


    Jun 18, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Because I like to work smarter not harder!

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