Re: 4 or 5 string?

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Posted by Pat Harrington on July 14, 2000 at 23:08:14:

In Reply to: 4 or 5 string? posted by Davidnssbm on July 13, 2000 at 12:31:23:

: Alright, listen. im a begginer. and i want to know if i should buy a 4 string or a 5 string. my other friend who plays bass, and is very good at it. has a 4 string and a 5 string. he says he sort of regrets getting the 5 string. he says it sort of gets in the way and doesnt sound as good as the others. but i was watchin some music videos and like all the bassists had 5 strings. and i wanna be in a band with my friends some time in the years. and i dont wanna get a string now and buy a whole new bass later. so what do you guys think about getting a 5 string. but just learning 4 strings, and when i am ready i go to the 5th? and what are your thoughts on the 5th string? is my friend right, or does he just not want me to be as good as him. thanks for your time! i appreciate it!

I've been playing 25 years and I play 4 strings exclusively. I figure
than when I master the 4 string (Sometime in my next lifetime), I'll
move on to a 5 or a 6..The problem with 5 strings is not only carrying
the extra baggage of that extra string (you only get 5 extra notes,
really) and having the amplification to make that low B sound true,
but the strings will cost more too...Before you decide on that 5
string, check out Jaco's first solo C/D, and anything from Jeff Berlin
with the Bruford band...These guys played 4 STRING BASSES!!!!
Makes me almost want to turn my basses into a set of canoe

Pat H

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