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Unread 05-22-2003, 10:22 PM   #46
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So my question is, what is a good amount of added notes to a song when your playing, and do most of these notes just come from the scale of the key the song is being played in?
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Unread 05-23-2003, 08:51 AM   #47
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I think what Bossman is asking, and I understand it because I am a fairly new bass player compared to most on this site and had these same questions myself. I have only been playing for a year and a half. And others can add much more than I can. But I digress, I think the question is: How do you play a real bass line and not just hit the root of the chord at the changes? So my inexperienced opinion is play 1/4's or 1/8's so 4 or 8 per bar. If your chruch is like mine you don't get music you get words with chords so stay on the beat usually with the drummers high hat (every other one till you build speed) and that is the right "number of notes" As to what to play. Play the notes of the chord being play. The 1 and 5 are usually safe, the 3 also. You can also throw a passing tone in before the changes, say a flat of the up comming root or 5. When you have minors, 7's, 9's Sus, your options change (expand some) but again the 1 and 5 are pretty safe.

That is how I have been faking it for a while now as I learn the right way. So far no complaints and even a few compliments.
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Unread 05-23-2003, 12:13 PM   #48
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So my question is, what is a good amount of added notes to a song when your playing, and do most of these notes just come from the scale of the key the song is being played in?
You should have no more than 17 added notes per song, all in the same key.
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could someone please, please, please explain what the term "chops" refers to?
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could someone please, please, please explain what the term "chops" refers to?
Skill at playing an instrument. If you have chops, you can play well.
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oh. thanks.
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How about pedals. Could someone tell me what i should get to manipulate my tone (in other words i dont want delay or flanger or distortion, i just want tone shaping). Whats a good pedal to get and how it affects your sound?
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Unread 06-15-2003, 04:37 PM   #53
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I would say get an EQ pedal
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Unread 06-15-2003, 04:42 PM   #54
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Rackmount EQs are much better.
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I just use the eqs on my amp and my basses
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I just use the eqs on my amp and my basses
Once you get a good EQ, I would recommend leaving the EQ on your amp set flat. The EQ on most basses are pretty rudimentary. Bass boost/cut, treble boost/cut, and sometimes mid boost/cut. You can use those to shape your tone onstage as you see fit. Having a great tone onstage really isn't as important as in the studio, but some bassists insist. I personally would have a rackmount EQ on the road as well as in the studio.
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yeah, I haven't touched the eq on my amp in months, I don't even remeber what it is set to, I just use the eq on my basses to change things as I see fit, witch isn't very often
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yeah, I haven't touched the eq on my amp in months, I don't even remeber what it is set to, I just use the eq on my basses to change things as I see fit, witch isn't very often
I just use my bass as well...at least until I get a rackmount unit, but there is more important gear for now. I almost always leave my settings the same anyway.
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I just use my bass as well...at least until I get a rackmount unit, but there is more important gear for now. I almost always leave my settings the same anyway.
me too, I forget what nobs do what on my basses.
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Unread 06-16-2003, 04:25 PM   #60
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I have a Boss GEB-7 Eq pedal. It's certainly not as good as pro rack gear but it's a good quality pedal and it's made specifically for bass. I hardly use it though, I can normally get good tone without a whole lot of Eq.

When I do use Eq, I'm finding that it is much better to cut than to boost. For example: Most players will turn the bass and treble up when their sound has too much mids, I find that if you just cut some mids instead of boosting other frequencies. the sound is more natural, focused and less muddy.

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