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Unread 12-12-2013, 07:31 AM   #1
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Never let it be said I don't like a challenge. For about the last year I've been shopping, studying my theory, and trying to make a decision about picking up a second instrument. I'm primarily a guitar player and intend to stay that way. But in a Bluegrass setting if you don't also have a second instrument you are easily forgotten. It was down to the fiddle or the bass for me.



I'm a pretty fundamentally sound guitarist. I can read music, know theory, and can pretty much jump in to most songs by ear. Wow, is this thing a new learning curve! Anyone out there with fretless experience? Oh, and I'm all ears about quick start tips for a new bass player. My plan is to be playing the thing every once in a while at church by the first of the year. It's too much of a beast to haul every Sunday.


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Unread 12-12-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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Freaking sweet. Those things are super fun.
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Unread 12-12-2013, 01:31 PM   #3
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Sweet...I've played the double a handful of times.

As far as general playing tips, playing the bass is almost the opposite of playing guitar. Whereas the guitar usually a leading instrument, the bass is a supporting instrument. A lot of the time I think of the bass as a bridge between the drums and the guitars. I try to lock in with what my drummer is doing on the kick and stay out of the way of the snare.

Do you have a game plan for amplifying that thing?
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Unread 12-12-2013, 05:58 PM   #5
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I'll probably just play into a condenser for now. I'm looking at pickups so I can maybe sweeten it with a touch of effects. We'll have to wait and see how that goes. I'll go direct at the church. I'll have to talk to the sound guy at the venue we play several times a year about what he likes. I prefer playing into a mic if at all possible.
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Unread 12-18-2013, 09:13 AM   #6
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It is real nice you'll have to post some videos of you jamming out sometime.
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Unread 12-26-2013, 07:47 PM   #7
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Update: I'm coming along. For now I'm cheating on my stop positions with some automotive pinstriping That'll come off soon enough. My wife got me a basic primer on upright bass and a couple of cd's and DVD's. I'm pretty much good to go in the keys of G, C, and D now which covers most bluegrass. A few walking patterns and lots of repetition on chord changes and I'll be playing it in church by late January.

My biggest obstacle is playing time with others.
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Unread 12-28-2013, 04:42 PM   #8
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I'd have to use stripes to mark the right places to play--at least at first.
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Unread 01-13-2014, 08:59 PM   #9
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I'm finding myself not using the stripes much at all tonight. Now I'm focusing on the fact the thing wants to ring forever. It's terribly easy to mush the notes together. And it is LOUD. So now I'm kind of taming the beast so I can play 1-5 patterns quickly and cleanly. It's really a different mind set altogether from what I'm used to with an electric bass. Lots more technique to focus on.

We're going to do a string instrument only service shortly. I'll roll out the bass then.
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Unread 01-28-2014, 03:09 PM   #10
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Update. Added a pickup from JJB Electronics. It's pretty nice. Good sound reproduction with a good resistance to feedback. I'm loving this thing.

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Every time I see this thing I want one a little more.
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Unread 03-28-2014, 07:37 AM   #12
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Latest update. I decided to play around with the bow last night. Wow. For a cheap instrument with a cheap bow all I can say is this thing really growls. I ran through a couple of scales and then had to go to Judo. Maybe this weekend I'll have time to really go through it. Tonight is guitar night...
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