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Re: why I play my 5 strings and my 6 string

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Posted by Steve DePra on January 20, 2000 at 22:43:03:

In Reply to: why I play my 5 strings and my 6 string posted by paige on January 20, 2000 at 19:40:23:

: The reason I use my 5 string is simple.... the Low B string.
: Ther reason I play my 6 string is simple..... the Low B string and the High C string.
: These extra strings do two things for me
: 1: Obviously the extra notes. Being able to use a Low D or a Low C is really nice on a ballad. The High C string gives me added range for solo work.
: 2. The ability to stay in position longer. On my 6 string, the high "G" (found on the 12th fret of the G string) can now be found on the 7th fret of the C string. This allows me the ease of not having to jump up to hit that high G.

: Now... most of what I play centers around the traditional 4 strings, because that is where the "meat" of the bass resides (IMHO). But I truly like the ability to go higher or lower if the need arises. I am gigging with a pianist and a drummer in a jazz gig and the extra range allows me to solo up in the guitar range. Also, the 6 string affords me the ability to use a wider variety of chords as I accompany the piano player.
: I am not offended by your comments, but these are my reasons for my owning these basses. To be honest, if I were only doing an R&B gig, I would probably be very happy with a Fender P Bass.
: Regards,
: Paige Thank you Paige for your eloquent response. I agree with your thoughts however, I simply wonder why we call instruments that have more than four strings (5,6,7,8) a bass, and not invent a new name when we invent a new instrument. Including a four string electric. What would we call a "bass" that had twelve strings or more? Steve DePra

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