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Posted by paige on January 21, 2000 at 14:09:56:
In Reply to: Re: why I play my 5 strings and my 6 string posted by Steve DePra on January 21, 2000 at 10:31:26:
: : Paige responds:
: : I have no answer for you on that one. I have no problem thinking of the 4,5,6 string as bass guitars, but for me the line is drawn at the 7 string and above.... to me they become too impractical to play and like you said, they are starting to infringe on the guitars frequency spectrum. To some extent, so does the 6 string, I will admit, but I don't spend much time there because the gigs I play don't call for it. To me the advantage of the 5 and six string is, as I have stated before, the ability to stay in position.
: Steve responds: Changing position allows the player to change the feel and texture of tone as opposed to the sterilization of playing mechanically in one position...
Awww, cmon, Steve......
I have been playing over 30 years, and I find nothing sterile or mechanical about my playing when I take advantage of the nuances afforded by the 5 and 6 string basses. I can tell you don't like them - that's fine with me. In my professional gigging life I have found a very real place for them. For me, the most telling point is the fact that the people I play for in the clubs and the occasional Bar Mitsvah (sp?) like what I do. I do solo work, and I play in a Big Band, 3 piece Jazz ensemble and currently a Pop/Rock band. Hey, buddy, let's agree to disagree. I like what I am doing on the basses I own (4,5,and 6) and you like what you do on your instrument. No biggie. Have a great day!
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