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Posted by Allastair Lindsay on February 14, 2001 at 10:36:13:

In Reply to: Re: Bass tone problems posted by Mickster on February 14, 2001 at 08:24:35:

Thanks for replying! I shall try your advice and see how I get on (same goes to JP!). The only thing is that I find it very hard to use my fingers. I have played 6-string guitar for years, so playing bass with a pick is almost second nature. Because of this, I have been reluctant to go from 'okay' to 'beginner'! I fear I won't have time to practice a new style (may be part of a new band shortly). What do you think I should do? Learn to use my fingers now? Or wait till I've got more time? Would you recommend a music teacher even?

: : I am new to the bass world having only started a few months ago. My problem is related to the tone I am getting (or rather, can't get!). Because of my liking for rock music, I play solely with a pick (medium gauge). However, I am not finding the sound that I want: smooth and soft bass. The guitar I've got is a Fender Squier P-Bass, and to get anywhere near the sort of tone I'm after, I have to roll the Tone control right down to zero (cutting out the high-end frequencies). Even then, when I listen to some of my favourite records, I still find that my sound is way off.

: : Can anyone offer me any advice please? it would be much appreciated!!

: Allastair, you will NEVER get a soft tone from a pick. Picks are for cutting
: through, and for a "lively" sound. If you want a soft type tone here's what'll
: work:
: 1) Use your fingers.
: 2) Play over the end of the neck.
: 3) Use flatwound strings.
: 4) Adjust tone control to your liking.

: Also, when sound engineers record basses, they have a dozen tricks they can do
: to alter the sound from plugging directly into the board to custom effects some
: of us haven't even heard about, so you shouldn't compare your bass' sound to
: your favorite bass player's sound. I used to do this and it used to drive me nuts.

: Hope this helped,
: Mickster

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