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Posted by Tee (22.214.171.124) on July 06, 2002 at 15:09:09:
In Reply to: 5-string...for a beginner? posted by Nick Moore on July 05, 2002 at 10:38:21:
: I have sort of a dumb question, but here goes...
: I want to learn the electric bass and I'm really into the hard metal stuff, like death metal and black metal. because of the extended low tunings this music calls for, I know that I will eventually be playing a 5-string.
: question: instead of the normal route of starting on a 4-stringer, would it be too much for a beginner to start on a 5-string bass?
: could I not just ignore that extra string while I'm learning the basics? or is there more to 5-string basses than just the extra string? (like scale length, etc.)
: your opinions are appreciated!
The one difference ( IMHO ) in playing a 5 string is that the lower open strings can ring out when you play and to eliminate this you will need to incorporate a muting technique with your fingers to eliminate this unwanted sound of the open strings. Otherwise, I see no difference. Good luck!
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