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Re: I'm a guitarist turned bassist and need some help

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Posted by josh on December 21, 1999 at 15:17:30:

In Reply to: I'm a guitarist turned bassist and need some help posted by Celestial80 on December 20, 1999 at 15:41:55:

: Hey all. My name is Ben, and I am an electric guitarist. However, I recently accepted a role in one of my friend's band as the bassist. For years I have toyed with the idea of taking up the bass, but now it seems like I really have to. I am pretty good at coming up with intresting bass lines and unconventional sounds with the bass, but I usually only use a pick (I suck with my fingers unless I try to play it like I would finger pick a guitar which actually works somewhat) as it allows me to translate my guitar skill to the bass. How would using a felt pick w/ steel strings, or a normal pick w/ tape strings do to give my picked lines a more organic, rounder, and less clicky sound? Also, I am very intrested at learning how to do funky slapping stuff (not looking to become stu hamm, just to be able to do basic, cool sounding, percussive slap stuff for the more heavy and percussive parts of the band's music). Can anyone give me some pointers on slapping? Are there any products that can help? I'm not intrested in taking lessons for the bass, as I can barely afford to take guitar lessons (which I probably don't really even need) at this rate. Thanks in advance!

Hi Ben, I think you will be able to get the sound you want if you persevere and
learn to play with your fingers. It may take a while to adjust but it will be
worth the struggle. Try squeezing a tennis ball to build some strength and,
while watching TV, just keep plucking one string, alternating you fingers.
You may also want to try plucking with your thumb as Sting does (its a motion
motion similar to the way Wes Montgomery plays guitar).

Good luck.

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