D. N. A. Of Bass Guitars Part 2
Playing Styles Differ As Much As Players Differ, And how they use their hands on the bass guitar says alot about the sounds they create
There are also variations in how a bassist chooses to rest the right-hand thumb (or left thumb in the case of left-handed players). A player may rest his thumb on the top edge of one of the pickups. One may also rest one’s thumb on the side of the fretboard, which is especially common among bassists who have an upright bass influence. Some bassists anchor their thumbs on the lowest string and move it off to play on the low string. Alternatively, the thumb can be rested loosely on the strings to mute the unused strings.
Early Fender models came with a “thumbrest” attached to the pickguard, below the strings. Contrary to its name, this was not used to rest the thumb, but to rest the fingers while using the thumb to pluck the strings. The thumbrest was moved above the strings in 1970s models and eliminated in the 1980s.
“Slap and pop” and tapping
The slap and pop method, which is a mainstay of funk, uses tones and percussive sounds achieved by thumping (or “slapping”) a string with the thumb and snapping (or “popping”) a string or strings with the index or middle fingers. Bassists often interpolate left hand-muted “dead notes” between the slaps and pops to achieve a rapid percussive effect. Larry Graham of Sly and the Family Stone and Graham Central Station was an early innovator of the slap style, and Louis Johnson of the The Brothers Johnson is also credited as an early slap bass player.
Slap and pop style is also used by many bassists in other genres, such as rock (e.g., J J Burnel and Les Claypool) and fusion (e.g. Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten and Alain Caron). Slap style playing was popularized throughout the 1980s and early 1990s by pop bass players such as Mark King (from Level 42) and funk-rock bassists such as Flea (from the Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Alex Katunich (from Incubus). Wooten popularized the “double thump,” in which the string is slapped twice, on the upstroke and a downstroke (for more information, see Classical Thump).
In the two-handed tapping style, bassists use both hands to play notes by rapidly pressing and holding the string to the fret. This makes it possible to play contrapuntal lines, chords and arpeggios. Some players noted for this technique include Billy Sheehan, Stuart Hamm, John Myung, Victor Wooten, Les Claypool, Michael Manring and the style’s originator, John Entwistle. The Chapman Stick and Warr Guitars are string instruments that are designed to be played using two-handed tapping. Another rarely-used playing technique related to slapping is the use of wooden dowel “funk fingers”, an approach popularized by Tony Levin.
The Bass guitar has changed the world.
As A Very Young Instrument The Electric Bass Guitar Has Made Massive Strides In Changing The Sound Of Modern Music,
More Than Alot Of Other Instruments That Come To Mind,
Just Imagine The Beatles “Come Together” Without Paul McCartney`s
Famous Bass Lines,
Or Try To Picture The Cream WithOut A Electric Bass, All Those Songs We Grew Up With ,
Would Not Have Been Possible
Just 30 Years Earlier When Leo Fender In The Late 40`s,Came Up With The First Electric Bass Guitar.
Here Are Some Examples To Recon With
Just Imagine This Music With No Bass Guitars, Then you realize how
The Bass guitar has changed the world.
The Bass was a huge part of our modern early music
More than anyone else, it was Cream who changed the face of British rock music.
They took the fusion of blues and rock pioneered by Alexis Korner and John Mayall to places where it had never been before. They employed a level of group improvisation
that was worthy of free jazz. In fact, their music had basically three layers:
a pop melody, lengthy solos inspired by free jazz,
and a propulsive rhythm’n’blues beat.By the electric Bass Guitar
They indulged in guitar distortions and dissonant solos that were shocking for an audience raised on the Beatles.
Even the soul-jazz melodies of Sunshine Of Your Love (1967) and White Room (1968), while not revolutionary,
pointed towards a more sophisticated kind of “pop” than the childish refrains of Mersey-beat.
The Bass Guitar Builds Music
Cream was the most successful of the blues revival bands, forcing British rock that at the time still fed on pop tunes, to an abrupt reversal of direction.
The Who had already given it a try, and the Rolling Stones and the Yardbirds had already reformed the blues in a revolutionary way, while Bob Dylan had experimented with long topical songs on Blonde On Blonde.
But it was Cream that made the new genre happen.
Cream was the band that altered the format of the rock song: long free jams recorded live instead of three minutes of verse, bridge, and chorus recorded in the studio.It would have been way too boring without the Bass Guitar.
They sold fifteen million albums in three years, a record that made the Beatles seem like losers.
The members of this power trio, formed in the autumn 1966, were all veterans of the blues revival. Guitarist Eric Clapton was the same prodigy who revealed himself with the Yardbirds,
and who had contributed to the legendary recording of Bluesbreakers with John Mayall. Drummer Peter “Ginger” Baker, skilled at many forms of percussion, had already played, in 1960, with the Nigerian musician Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and in 1962 with Alexis Korner and the Graham Bond Organisation.
Scottish bassist Jack Bruce had traveled some of the same roads as Baker, before joining Manfred Mann. Bruce and Clapton had met each other in the Powerhouse,
A short-lived lineup put together by John Mayall, that also included Steve Winwood at the keyboard.
With Cream these three virtuosos simply brought to fruition the experience that they developed in the London clubs,
bringing to the rock concert stage long, electric, high volume improvisations.
Cream debuted with two singles: Wrapping Paper, that belongs to the early psychedelic era, and I Feel Free, the first taste of Clapton’s solos.
Fresh Cream (Atco, 1966) was an historic event: Clapton’s high volume distortions, Baker’s acrobatic style, and Bruce’s melodic atmosphere raised ordinary and rather poor material (mostly covers, except for Toad by Baker and NSU by Bruce) to the highest levels.
The compositions of Jack Bruce take over on Disraeli Gears (1967), an album decidedly more pop and less bluesy, produced by Felix Pappalardi.
Strange Brew is a typical example of how the group could transform blues into rock for intellectuals who were tired of Beatles pop tunes.
Tales Of Brave Ulysses, Clapton’s tour de force, features the introduction of the wah-wah pedal.
Sunshine Of Your Love, a long collective delirium based on one of Bruce’s catchy and obsessive riffs,
Remains their masterpiece.
And all because of the Electric Bass Guitar
Their fame came with their concerts, which in America instituted a social shock as important as the love-ins of the hippies. Clapton, fast and incisive, Bruce, pulsating and powerful,
And Baker, loud and overflowing, created a new standard for popular music.
Never Too Old To Start Playing Bass Guitar
Picking Up The Bass Again at 60: Bob’s Story
When it comes to the decision to play the bass guitar, not everybody is picking up the instrument for the first time. Sometimes, the person who wants to play already has many years of experience. Maybe you played as a young person and gave it up when job, family and, well, LIFE needed your attention more than your beloved bass?
We all know that players might have to put down their basses to do the things they have to do in this world. But there’s no reason why you can’t come back. Now that your major responsibilities have been met, Are you itching to get back to being a thunder-maker? If you’re a bit nervous or reluctant to take the plunge, read this little fictional story. I hope it will inspire you to do what you know you want to do!
But yet there still are many mature folks that have always wanted to be a musician, But The right perfect moment just never presented itself,
Its Kinda like that business idea you have had for years, And you really feel like its a goldmine just waiting to be opened up. But circumstances have just never been perfect to give it a shot.
But you know what ? Circumstances may never be Perfect, And waiting and waiting for that perfect moment, Is shorting yourself, You need to be positive, You need to forget about failure do not even let failure cross your mind.
And if its a expense issue, Please know with the proper education about purchasing a bass guitar
(Please read our Bass Guitar Buying Guide ) You can always recoup the cost of buying that bass of your dreams (usually 100% ) So put that thought away too.
Bob strolls into the music store. He’s grey at the temples, wears glasses, and has a bit of a stiffness to his walk. In his eyes, a lifetime of experience. He’s been married for thirty five years. The kids have gone on to start families of their own, and Bob’s been thinking about something.
The salesman watches as he makes his way over to the bass guitars. He follows. “Can I help you find something?”
Bob tucks his hands in his pockets and motions his chin at the Jazz Bass hanging on the wall. “She’s a beauty.” I forgot how to hold one of these girls.
The salesman eases the Jazz from its perch and hands it over. Bob lifts his foot to the rung of a nearby stool and rests the Jazz on his leg. He plays a 12-bar walking line with a lot of feeling and groove.
The salesman plugs the Jazz into a floor amp and sets the dials. Bob plays more lines and the now amplified thunder shakes the floor. He`s lost in the fret board and doesn’t hear as the salesman relates some of the features of this particular Jazz. All he hears is the thunder.
When he finishes his demo, he turns the Jazz over in his hands. “I used to play when I was younger. We did school dances, local weddings. Pop, rock, blues, swing from 60s and 70s mostly.”
The salesman asks, “Planning to take it up again?”
Bob hands back the Jazz. “Oh I don’t know. Just looking, I guess.”
“Well, you’re pretty good, man.” He gives Bob his card. “You should think about it.”
When Bob gets home, he takes out his old photo album and does a Memory Lane once-over of the guys in the band and some of their stage gigs. He really would like to play again, but the truth be told, it’s been so long and he knows he’s no Spring Chicken anymore. And anyway, what’s the point of buying a brand new Jazz Bass when he’s probably forgotten most of what he used to know? A few basslines in the music store does not mean he could still play all the songs he used to love.
But wasn’t the thunder great, though? Wasn’t it a genuine thrill to feel the floor rumbling again under his feet?
I’m almost sixty, he reminds himself. I can’t start all over again. He looks at the salesman’s business card.
Bob’s wife comes in and breaks up the reverie. “Where were you?”
He closes the album. “Just a walk to the music store.”
She sets a coffee cup next to him. “Remember, if you get to have a new bass, I get to have a new acoustic guitar.”
His heart beats a little faster. Maybe I could do this, he thinks to himself. His breathing gets quick and the adrenaline rush hits him. He gives her a wink. “Maybe we should take lessons this time.”
She rushes from the room to grab her jacket. “Hurry up. The store closes at six!”
FENDER PRECISION BASS GUITAR CIJ ’04
Fender Precision bass guitar crafted in Japan circa 2002-04 in very good condition. This is a reissue of ’62 thru ’66 era Fender bass.
The Japanese Fender basses are excellent instruments and rival the U.S. made basses for quality.
Plays and sounds great with the classic Fender P-bass tone. Weight is 9.2 pounds.
Sunburst with a Tortoise shell pickguard and the fret board is rosewood (Fender no longer offers rosewood boards). I added a genuine Fender part bridge cover.
1967 Vox Apollo IV bass
1967 Vox Apollo IV electric acoustic bass.
Built-in G tuner, distortion booster –
all work (requires 9v battery).
There is no pick guard (photo shows screw holes where it once existed.
Tone knob is chipped.
Original hardshell case. Made in Italy.
Same owner since 1984.
Fender Bullet Bass Deluxe
Fantastic condition very early release of the Made in USA Fender Bullet Bass Deluxe. E0 serial numbers began in the second half of 1979 and this bass is one of the first 200 stamped with that code.
The bass is in fantastic condition with a really nice setup that is low, in tune, and easy to play. Frets are in good shape and the truss rod has movement left in it and was just recently loosened (yay!). The bass has a few minor dents and dings as pictured and a small spot on the pick guard where the previous owner went for the truss.
I am the second owner and have had the bass for roughly 10 years. The tone pot is wired to be both a high pass and a low pass opening up tonal options for the instrument without cosmetically altering Fenders original intention.
Comes with original case. Pricing higher because of rarity of serial number and 70’s date. E0 SN was used between 79-81 and this is one of the first 200 in the run which makes it likely a 79, hard to say for sure.
Some of you younger Bass Players might not even know Who Jack Bruce is, That’s O.K because I am going to change that now (hopefully) It officially only lasted 3.5 years. It Was the foundation of our Rock And Blues music of Today. It was a combination of arguably one of the best Blues Guitarist of our times . And a new style Hard Hitting Drummer with solo`s so long at times you could forget what band you were listening too. And That legendary Bass Player who showed us all the Bass Guitar was more than a simple fill in background instrument, That failed Guitar Players who wanted to be in a band would grab, So they could stay in the band. We are talking about Cream of course, With
Eric Clapton on Guitar , Ginger Baker on a huge drum set, And of course Jack Bruce on Bass Guitar and vocals. Some will argue the greatest Rock Band of all times. Some will argue the Greatest Blues Band of all times, Mainly because of Clapton’s Guitar Prowess in The Blues . And some will argue a over rated Psychedelic Experience and nothing more.
But nobody can deny Cream`s role in our Rock Music foundation. Dubbed The biggest Trio in music , The sound was huge. And the songs proved to be immortal. “White Room” “Sunshine of your love”, Go listen to “Strange Brew” And that bass line is incredible for the time in history it was recorded. Want straight up Blues ? How about ” Sitting On Top Of The World ” Jack Bruce was Legendary, In that the Bass Player in this band was also responsible for most all the vocals.
And nobody can deny the Standards that were set by Jack Bruce`s Bass Playing. So sit Back take a listen before You Tube takes this down for copy rights violations. And Enjoy
Absolutely fantastic version of Spoonfull by Jack Bruce Ginger Baker and Gary Moore known as BBM at Montreux
Learning To Play The Bass Guitar
Learning to play the Bass Guitar These days is one hell of alot easier than when I was coming up.
And we all know why don`t We ?
Of Course We Do : Its The Internet Silly.
These Days The Internet has replaced Many Music Instructors. Kinda Sad For the Music Instructors.
Because most of them studied hard and made it through university and might even have student loans to pay,
And all musicians know making money from your talents can be brutal.
But at the same time this is about learning to play And the internet has been
Really Good for the Students. When I was coming up, Our choices were few and quite Far Apart.
You either went to a big high school That had a nice music program
Or Your Parent`s had enough income to pay for private lessons.
And I Guess Very few Musicians are so talented , That they easily Just picked up their instruments and started Playing.
We Know those types don’t we? They are called Prodigy`s And once in A While they come along.
Unfortunately most of us are not prodigy`s…..
But most people are capable of learning to play a instrument pretty easy.
And just about every level of player no matter how talented
Have at least some room for learning a little something.
And now Days The New Musicians have So Many options. They Can Pick from the Best musicians on the Planet.
To learn from. And any style of music they wish. 24 hours a day you can take some lessons.And They have the Opportunity to Quickly learn any style they desire.
And alot of times it is totally Free Too. Iv`e personally have picked up quite a few tricks online
That have made me a better bass player.
Some thing thats Really Helped me alot is practicing with backing tracks.
And it really has helped me to use Backing Tracks, Its just like jamming with a band, At least thru my P.A. .
Lot of times i probably would have not practiced if it were not for the fact i remembered i had these backing tracks.
Sometimes its hard to get in the mood to play when your home alone, or any other good time to practice.
But With these Backing Tracks there on my computer and its hooked to my sound system,
And my recording System All on my Computer I can control my P.A. and even my monitors
So you can easily be up and jamming in less than 5 minutes. Nothing at all to setup just grab your bass and dig in —
-to what ever you feel like playing First you got to get your Backing Tracks, And I don`t like to pay much for backing tracks ,
I try and get them free mostly,
I Get them from other musicians when i can.
Guess Im kinda cheap or maybe just Thrifty When i do have to break down and get some tracks on the run
like I have little time to learn some songs or some thing crazy i do know a good site .
These folks are affordable even for my cheap ass. i Dug up the Web Site put a link down below ,
And No I get no money for this so click away.
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Remember Jim Croce
Remember Jim Croce ? Some of you may be too young But have still probably heard his songs, What a great Musician And what a great story teller . I Really love the way his songs told very clear Stories about the people he wrote about.
For Jim Croce A Musical Career Meant Many Days And Long Nights On the road. A lot Of Out of the way College Campuses and playing in small towns. Sometimes close to 200 days a year.
On September 20 1973 in Natchitoches La.
The Small Plane not unlike hundreds he and his band used to get from gig to gig. Somehow caught a tree at the end of a dark runway. The Little plane got hung up crashed and killed the whole band. What A Sad day for music.
No Body could know what this world would be like had Jim Croce Been alive all these years. But we do know something This Man Wrote and sang some great music. In His time he had his share of great songs.
So Lets Remember Jim Croce a little.
Remember Time in a Bottle ?Operator ? Leroy Brown ? I still love those songs today. And Always will, Although when I hear this music I only Think About Jim Croce, And how sad is it he is not still here. What A GUY.
REMEMBER JIM CROCE
Like the pine trees lining the winding road I\’ve got a name, I\’ve got a name Like the singing bird and the croaking toad I\’ve got a name, I\’ve got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did But I\’m living the dream that he kept hid Movin me down the highway Rolling me down the highway Movin\’ ahead so life won\’t pass me by
Like the north wind whistling down the sky I\’ve got a song, I\’ve got a song
Like the whippoorwill and the baby\’s cry I\’ve got a song, I\’ve got a song And I carry it with me and I sing it loud If it gets me nowhere, I\’ll go there proud
Moving me down the highway Rolling\’ me down the highway Movin\’ ahead so life won\’t pass me by And I\’m gonna go there free
Like the fool I am and I\’ll always be I\’ve got a dream, I\’ve got a dream They can change their minds but they can\’t change me I\’ve got a dream, I\’ve got a dream
Oh, I know I could share it if you want me to If you\’re going my way, I\’ll go with you Movin\’ me down the highway Rolling me down the highway Movin\’ ahead so life won\’t pass me by
If I could save Time in a bottle If I had a box just for wishes And dreams that had never come true The box would be empty Except for the memory Of how they were answered by you..
But there never seems to be enough time To do the things you want to do Once you find them
I\’ve looked around enough to know That you\’re the one I want to go Through time with
The first thing that I\’d like to do Is to save every day\’Til Eternity passes away Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever If words could make wishes come true I\’d save every day like a treasure and then,Again, I would spend them with you
Enjoy Jim Croce every time u get a chance it will change your Day for the better….(*!*)
If you young people dont know who is Jim Croce Please do yourself a big favor and Google Jim Croce Name You will be glad you did…
I decided i Would Make That Decision For You Pardon Me But…
sound is low range —
You’re of the rhythm…..
Music Fails To Live …
You Love Company
Not Afraid To Be Alone
The Groove Is
Playing It Jazz,
Make It Rock
Punk, Country, Pop,
Heavy Metal,Its Blues
Its All You
Nobody Can Touch You
You Are The Bass
The Bass Guitar
The electric bass guitar (also called electric bass, or simply bass) is a stringed instrument played primarily with the fingers (either by plucking, slapping, popping, or tapping) or using a pick.
The bass is similar in appearance and construction to an electric guitar,
But with a larger body, a longer neck and scale length, and usually four strings tuned to the same pitches as those of the double bass, or one octave lower in pitch than the four lower strings of a guitar (E, A, D, and G).
Since the 1950s, the electric bass guitar has largely replaced the double bass in popular music.
The bass guitar provides the low-pitched basslines and bass runs in many different styles of music ranging from rock and metal to blues and jazz.
It is also used as a soloing instrument in jazz, fusion, Latin, funk, and rock styles.
A wide variety of different options are available for the body, neck, pickups, and other features of the bass. Instruments handmade by highly skilled luthiers are becoming increasingly available.Bass bodies are typically made of wood although other materials such as graphite (for example, some of the Steinberger designs) And Aluminum have also been used.
While a wide variety of woods are suitable for use in the body, neck, and fretboard of the bass guitar – the most common type of wood used for the body is alder, for the neck is maple, and for the fretboard is rosewood. Other commonly used woods include mahogany, maple, ash, and poplar for bodies, mahogany for necks, and ebony for fretboards.
The choice of body material and shape can have a significant impact on the timbre of the completed instrument
As well as on aesthetic considerations. Other design options include finishes, such as lacquer, wax and oil; flat and carved designs; Luthier-produced custom-designed instruments; headless basses, which have tuning machines in the bridge of the instrument (e.g.Steinberger and Hohner designs) and several artificial materials such as luthite. The use of artificial materials allows for unique production techniques such as die-casting, to produce complex body shapes.
While most basses have solid bodies,
They can also include hollow chambers to increase the resonance or reduce the weight of the instrument. Some basses are built with entirely hollow bodies, which changes the tone and resonance of the instrument.
Acoustic bass guitars are typically equipped with piezoelectric or magnetic pickups and amplified.
Bass guitar necks, which are longer than regular electric guitar necks, are generally made of maple. More exotic woods include bubinga, wenge, ovangkol, ebony and goncalo alves.
Graphite or carbon fiber are used to make lightweight necks and, in some cases, entire basses.
Exotic woods are used on more expensive instruments: for example, the company ‘Alembic’ is associated with the use of cocobolo as a body material or top layer because of its attractive grain.
Warwick bass guitars are also well-known for exotic hardwoods:
most of the necks are made of ovangkol, and the fingerboards wenge or ebony. Solid bubinga bodies are also used for tonic and aesthetic qualities.
The “long scale” necks used on Leo Fender’s basses, giving a scale length (distance between nut and bridge) of 34″, remain the standard for electric basses. However, 30″ or “short scale” instruments, such as the Höfner Violin Bass, played by Paul McCartney,
And the Fender Mustang Bass are popular, especially for players with smaller hands. While 35″, 35.5″ and 36″ scale lengths were once only available in “boutique” instruments, in the 2000s, many manufacturers have begun offering these lengths, also called an “extra long scale.”
This extra long scale provides a higher string tension, which yields a more defined tone on the low “B” string of 5- and 6-stringed instruments (or detuned 4-string basses).
Strings and tuning
The standard design for the electric bass guitar has four strings, tuned E, A, D and G, in fourths such that the open highest string, G, is an eleventh (an octave and a fourth) below middle C, making the tuning of all four strings the same as that of the double bass.
This tuning is also the same as the standard tuning on the lower four strings on a 6-string guitar, only an octave lower. String types include all-metal strings (roundwound, flatwound, groundwound, or halfwound), metal strings with different coverings,
such as tapewound and plastic-coatings. The variety of materials used in the strings gives bass players a range of tonal options.
In the 1950s, bassists often used flatwound strings with a smooth surface, which had a smooth, damped sound reminiscent of a double bass. In the 1960s and 1970s, roundwound bass strings similar to guitar strings became popular.
Roundwounds have a brighter timbre with greater sustain than flatwounds. Flatwounds are still used by some bassists who want a more ‘vintage’ or Motown-style sound.
A number of other tuning options and bass types have been used to extend the range of the instrument.
The most common are:
Four strings with alternate tunings to obtain an extended lower range.
Five strings usually tuned B-E-A-D-G, which provides the extended lower range of “drop tuning” or other down-tunings. Another common tuning used on early 5 string double basses is E-A-D-G-C, known as “tenor tuning”.
This is still a popular tuning for jazz and solo bass. Other tunings such as C-E-A-D-G are used though rare. The 5th string provides a greater lower or upper range than the 4-string bass, and gives access to more notes for any given hand position.
Six strings are usually tuned B-E-A-D-G-C. The 6-string bass is a 4-string bass with an additional low “B” string and a high “C” string. While much less common than 4- or 5-string basses, they are still used in Latin, jazz, and several other genres, as well as in studio work where a single instrument must be highly versatile.
Alternate tunings for 6-string bass include B-E-A-D-G-B,
Matching the first five strings of an acoustic or electric guitar, and EADGBE, completely matching the tuning of a 6-string guitar but one octave lower allowing the use of guitar chord fingerings.
Rarer but not unheard of are EADGCF and F#BEADG, providing a lower or higher range in a given position while maintaining consistent string intervals.
Detuners, such as the Hipshot, are mechanical devices operated by the right or left-hand thumb that allow one or more strings to be quickly detuned to a pre-set lower pitch. Hipshots are typically used to drop the “E”-string down to “D” on a four string bass.
Most electric bass guitars use magnetic pickups. The vibrations of the instrument’s metal strings within the magnetic field of the permanent magnets in magnetic pickups produce small variations in the magnetic flux threading the coils of the pickups.
This in turn produces small electrical voltages in the coils. These low-level signals are then amplified and played through a speaker. Less commonly, non-magnetic pickups are used, such as piezoelectric pickups which sense the mechanical vibrations of the strings.
Since the 1990s, basses are often available with battery-powered “active” electronics that boost the signal and/or provide equalization controls to boost or cut bass and treble frequencies.
“P-” pickups (the “P” refers to the original Fender Precision Bass) are actually two distinct single-coil halves, wired in opposite direction to reduce hum, each offset a small amount along the length of the body so that each half is underneath two strings.
Less common is the single-coil “P” pickup, used on the 1951 Fender Precision bass
“J-” pickups (referring to the original Fender Jazz Bass) are wider eight-pole pickups which lie underneath all four strings. J pickups are typically single-coil designs, but because one is wired opposite to the other, when used at the same volume they have hum canceling properties.
Humbucker (dual coil) pickups, are found in Gibson, Music Man and other basses. They have two signal producing coils which are reverse wound around opposed polarity magnets.
This significantly reduces noise from interference compared to single coil pickups. Humbuckers also often produce a higher output level than single coil pickups.
“Soapbar” Pickups get their name due to their resemblance to a bar of soap and originally referred to the Gibson P-90 guitar pickup. The term is now also used to describe any pickup with a rectangular shape and no visible pole pieces.
They are commonly found in ERB basses. EMG now makes a Soapbar pickup that has both a single coil and a humbucker in the same pickup. The player switches between the two by pulling or pushing on the volume knob.
Many basses have just one pickup,
typically a “P” or soapbar pickup. Multiple pickups are also quite common, two of the most common configurations being a “P” near the neck and a “J” near the bridge (e.g. Fender Precision Bass Special, Fender Precision Bass Plus), or two “J” pickups (e.g. Fender Jazz).
The placement of the pickup greatly affects the sound, with a pickup near the neck joint thought to sound “fatter” or “warmer” (the bass frequencies being dominant) while a pickup near the bridge is thought to sound “tighter” or “sharper” (providing a larger amount of treble).
Usually basses with multiple pickups allow blending of the output from the pickups, providing for a range of timbres. Sound demos for six variations of P-J pickup settings on the Fender Aerodyne Jazz Bass illustrate this concept.
Piezoelectric pickups are non-magnetic pickups that produce a different tone, often similar to that of an acoustic bass, and allow bassists to use non-ferrous strings such as nylon, brass or even silicone rubber. Piezoelectric pickups use a transducer crystal to convert the vibrations of the string into an electrical signal.
Optical pickups are another type of non-magnetic pickup. They use an LED to optically track the movement of the string, which allows them to reproduce low-frequency tones at high volumes without the “hum” or excessive resonance associated with conventional magnetic pickups.
Since optical pickups lack high frequencies, they are commonly paired with piezoelectric pickups to fill in the missing frequencies. The Lightwave company builds basses with optical pickups.
Amplification and effects
Like the electric guitar, the electric bass guitar is always connected to an amplifier for live performances. Electric bassists use either a “combo” amplifier, which combines an amplifier and a speaker in a single cabinet, or an amplifier and a separate speaker cabinet (or cabinets).
In some cases when the bass is being used with large-scale PA amplification, it is plugged into a “DI” or “direct box”, which routes their signal directly into a mixing console, and thence to the main and monitor speakers.
For some recordings, the electric bass is recorded without the use of an amplifier and speakers by connecting the bass with the mixing board using a “DI”, while the musician listens to the sound of the instrument through headphones.
Various electronic bass effects such as preamplifiers, “stomp box”-style pedals and signal processors and the configuration of the amplifier and speaker can be used to alter the basic sound of the instrument.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, signal processors such as equalizers, distortion devices, and compressors or limiters became increasingly popular additions to many electric bass players’ gear.
Sitting or standing
Most bass players stand while playing, although sitting is also accepted, particularly in large ensemble settings, such as jazz big bands, or in acoustic genres such as folk music.
It is a matter of the player’s preference as to which position gives the greatest ease of playing, and what a bandleader expects. When sitting, right-handed players can balance the instrument on the right thigh, or like classical guitar players, the left.
Balancing the bass on the left thigh positions it in such a way that it mimics the standing position, allowing for less difference between the standing and sitting positions.
The electric bass guitar, in contrast to the upright bass (or double bass), is played in a similar position to the guitar; that is, it is held horizontally across the body.
Notes are usually produced by pizzicato, in which the strings are plucked by the index and middle fingers (and sometimes with the thumb and ring fingers as well) or with a pick (or plectrum).
Although the use of a pick is primarily associated with rock, picks are also used in other styles. Jazz bassist Steve Swallow uses a pick for upbeat or funky songs. Picks can be used with alternating downstrokes and upstrokes, or with all downstrokes for a more consistent attack.
A bassist usually holds a pick in a fist like grip with the index and thumb. Also, usually the wrist is used, but sometimes for tremolo picking, and artist uses the whole arm (variations are endless).
Some bassists use their fingernails to play flamenco-style, such as John Entwistle, Geddy Lee and Les Claypool. Lemmy from Motörhead is known for playing with a pick, and would go as far as to have the pick taped to his thumb prior to performances.
There are many varieties of picks available to a bassist, and usually one chooses one for comfort, or for tone. The norm, is to choose heavy picks that range from 1.14 mm – 3.00 mm (3.00 is unusual).
Picks are made with all types of material for tone preference; a fine example would be felt picks, which are used to emulate the tone one gets from fingers.
Bassists trying to emulate the sound of a double bass sometimes pluck the strings with their thumb or fingers rather than a plectrum, and use palm-muting to create a short, “thumpy” tone. Sting performs using his thumb. James Jamerson, an influential bassist from the Motown era, played intricate bass lines using a single finger – his index finger, which he called “The Hook.” Depending on where the string is plucked, different timbres are produced.
Bass guitars come in many variety`s they resemble a standard 6 string guitar in looks only,The bass is very often mis understood because of the resemblance to a regular guitar.
When actually the bass is more related to the percussion or drum section, as to which parts of the musical arrangement the bass covers. The Bass Guitar is very often under rated as far as importance to the overall
sound of the whole band. Many times its the Bass Guitar is responsible for close to 75% or more of the total sound people hear when they hear a live band play, Equaled only by a keyboard setup .
Its hard to find a band that is playing thru amplification or electronic instruments that does not have a bass player,
Or certainly wishes they did. Many times Keyboards will double and play the bass parts for the band
Just because the Bass Parts are very hard to do without. Its said the Bass is the Glue For the rest of the band.
And every since 1951 when Leo Fender introduced the first Hand held Fender Jazz Bass Guitar, Music has never been the same.
Where Rock Music would be today with out the Electric Bass Guitar, We can Only Speculate..
But The odds are it would not be close to the sounds we have all come to know as our favorites.
Just many did not know how Important The Bass Guitar Was and is to these sounds we Love And Live By every day.
In this Website you will find many different configurations of the Bass Guitar, Acoustic And Electric Models, And The Hundreds of Styles and Builders of these fine instruments.
We hope You Enjoy Your Visit
And Stay Long and come back often,
On The First Page Of This Site You Will find links to hundreds of Bass Guitars And about halfway down the page you will find the recent posts of Bass`s Yet to be added to our archive.
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THE RIGHT FORMAT FOR LESSONS
When you are first starting out,Its hard to decide which Bass Guitar books.
Would enable you to progress the fastest to your goal of Playing Bass Guitar
effortlessly, And it can be done without formal instruction.
So we must decide how we will Choose Our Bass Lessons.
A lot of musicians,Started without any formal training,
Or even the use of lesson Books, As we now have the choices The internet provides.
So we must choose The Right Format For Our Lessons
The Internet Makes the Task Of Rounding up Quality Learning Material Way Easier.
Making the task of rounding up learning material a lot easier.
With that said it only leaves a spot open to also mention Another important learning tool
The internet Provides,That’s Online Video Lessons, This type of media promotes fast learning
And takes out a lot of the guesswork,
That you can get with reading alone.
And provides access to ,Valuable material otherwise out of reach.
Video lessons online gives us access to famous Bass Players.
One Video Lesson Maker On You Tube I Really Like Is a guy I Think is in Germany or somewhere in Europe.
This Guy Is Amazing And I Personally spend alot of time on his channel. I have never heard such a Bass Player. That’s all I will say for now.
Learning From Famous Bass Players Is Easy With The Internet
At least in the Bass Guitar World,
Artist like Stu Hamm, Victor Wooten, Patitucci and many more Have sample Video Lessons out Online.
Just search You Tube for Bass Guitar Lessons, You will find hundreds of lessons
from people you have never heard of also along with the more popular and famous ones.
You Tube Has made it Easier Than Ever for Learning to Play The Bass Guitar
And They have a great selection of Bass Guitar Lesson Books, As well as Free Video lessons,
You Can Watch Right There And Learn Some Great Stuff, I have picked up alot of tricks, From These Free Video Lessons,And Still Do All The Time.
Don’t get too hung-up on the fact they might not be all pro teachers.
Just listen to what they are teaching,
If Its something you want to learn , Learn It.
if it sounds right to you, Its Right. For You.
The Right Format For Our Lessons
A lot of times if it sounds right to you, Its Right For You. Don’t worry about learning bad habits.
Its not like you are spending the rest of your life studying with any of these video creators.
Finding Free Bass Guitar Lesson Books Online Can Be Difficult
Take it one lesson at a time.
Getting free Bass Guitar lesson Books online, Is not so easy. But I have found single
sheet music, And a lot of tab,
Finding Bass Guitar Tab Online
Now speaking of tab, Anyone who does not know what tab is,
Let Me briefly explain,Tab or Tablature it is also called.
A Process of music notation
That actually makes reading simple Tablature of musical notes Possible Online its a language sort of a way to communicate Musical Notation By using the internet.
Have you every tried to copy and paste regular music scores or notation
from a website then try to read it after you pasted it into a text editor like note pad or word?
You cannot make out even what song it is most of the time its that bad. The whole composition gets all messed up the scores and staff do not paste back properly. Its a mess.
Some Smart Musicians Came Up With The Idea Of Tab.
So some smart Musicians invented a way that would work to copy and transfer and share songs and notations online and keep it organized so it could be used.
And its known as Tab. Like Guitar Tab, Bass Tab, There are tab for other instruments also.And tab is still being refined.
Not Everybody Writes Tab The Same Way
As not all musicians write tab alike.And it can be tricky to decipher Sometimes, But its getting better as we work our way towards A Standardization of the Tab Alphabet.
And I`m confident Tab Is here to stay and Soon to be much much more Standardized.
Especially Bass Guitar Tab,Above Is a very crude drawing only to give you a
idea of 4 string bass tab.
What Tab Looks Like
As you can see the 4 horizontal lines represent the 4 bass guitar strings. And The
numbers on the lines,
Represent the number of the fret the string is to be played on or fingered on.
With the first fret next to the nut at the headstock end of your neck fret number one.
Some Tab will even have the number of finger too use on each string,
Written down below the strings.
And you would read this left to right and play it the same.
In the tab above the 4 on the G string
is your first note and the 2 on the E string is the last note in this bar or line of tab.
The zeros or 0 `s are strings to be played open No pressing on any frets.
Some Tab Will Leave You High And Dry
Some Tab can leave you high and dry, As for speed, style, rests, and tempo are often left out.
Because most Tab was written just for the internet,
And there are no common guidelines in place or conforming to any standards, a lot of Tab is written in the style of the person who jotted it down.
There for its easy to say no two tab are the same, But not entirely true.
Recent Efforts to Standardize Tab Have Begun
Recently there have been efforts to conform to a Tablature Language With common notations and recognizable punctuations that follow a general code or tab alphabet. This is being more and more perfected.
Tab has made it possible for musicians to share music over a very wide range
of musical abilities and levels of training.
No longer does one have to be a schooled musician to read music, And getting the tab
to popular songs is not that difficult,
However beware some recording labels have waged war on Tab
However beware some recording labels and even
Some recording Artists, View Tab as a copyright infringement issue. And are or going to Plan aggressive action to be compensated for the use of tablature.
In My opinion if the artist already produced a lesson book with the notation to certain
And had it for sale or planned to sell the material. Then I Can see Tablature could have a conflict With those copyrighted lessons.
Bands And Performers Need Tab To Do Their Jobs
But when a couple of Musicians are using Tab to communicate and learn certain music,
Just so they can play a song together.
I Just see no harm in it.
If it were to be that tablature was to be outlawed or ruled a copyright infringement,
how difficult would it be for musicians to be able to correctly
play some popular songs, Because they are surely not all notated in books just waiting to be purchased.
So in my for what it is worth opinion, If you want compensation for work ,
Get The Work Done.
People are impatient and will not wait, If They Need Some sheet music,
They will get it somewhere.
Bass Guitar Lesson Books Remain A Great And Valuable Resource
Bass Guitar Lesson books are a great value also.
No where can you get a whole book of lesson material, Laid out in easy reading form
For usually less than one live lesson costs. And many lesson books these days come with the tab,And usually a DVD
or CD so you may hear how it should sound,Making easier to follow along reading the tab.
Most all lesson books are copyrighted material
Plus once you own it you can refer back to the material For a fresh up course anytime.
Most all lesson books are copyrighted material so take care
how you might come to acquire your Bass Guitar Lesson Books.
Watch out for Trouble When Acquiring Bass Guitar Lessons
You do not want to be in any part of the production companies vision when they go looking for royalties.
Does anyone recall the record industries Lawsuits,
A couple years ago when some parents of teenagers that got caught down loading free music online? And got sued by the production companies ,
And some people had to pay massive Fines in lawsuits claiming pirating of songs online?
I know you don’t want that to be you.
But personally I think the production companies are a bunch of rip-off artists themselves.
Just My Opinion
This is only one guys opinion Mine. And I Have absolutely
no grounds to base my statement on .
But I Just do a lot of reading,And Recall how the big producer
Companies, Like Warner And Sony, And, Arista , Atlantic, Columbia
These Big Companies sometimes Do Not
Treat The Original Musicians Very Well.
I have heard stories of musicians actually dying broke, And almost homeless,While the record Executives are releasing Greatest Hits After Greatest Hits of the artists Music,
Making a bundle of money long after the contract that was paying the artist had expired.
as there is hardly no costs associated with a greatest hits album,
Just a re-release of music recorded in the past.
Get It In Writing
But for some reason the artist I was reading about had no claim to greatest hits as his contract with the producer had ran out.
But The Producer some how still had access to the music the artist made while still under contract. I Think if the Artist Got a better deal from the beginning,
The proper % and proper time frame of the life of the song contract,
Then they would not be so desperate, To go after every dollar they might be able to suit For. The Recording Executives are the ones Putting the Screws to the artists
Not the public. IMO
It actually helps a artists cause to have popular bands play their songs live
You Know the artist can not be everywhere doing shows,
This keeps songs in the mix and flow and keep the Songs from dying and being forgotten.
Some one hears a great song played at a show in Friday night it sticks in their head
Then by Sunday they just might have to go buy that C.D. and the artist makes money
And local bands need a way to get the right music to these songs, To play a song the right way.
I Cannot think there could be any Recording Stars out there that did not start out Playing Someone else s Songs.
And without access to tab we would not So easily be able to pick up these Songs. Personally as a Musician myself I Would be flattered to have local bands playing my music.
Making a couple hundred bucks playing music from 25 different groups on a given night is no way taking away from the Record Companies Or the Artist…………………….. I.M.O.
As its a Market and Money they could Not access Anyway.
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Look for special offers like 90 days same as cash, Or 180 days interest free financing, These offers are out there one just needs to shop around a bit and find the best deals.
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