Re: the basics

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Posted by PAige on January 13, 2001 at 08:09:04:

In Reply to: the basics posted by Duncan on January 11, 2001 at 15:05:40:

: Hi everyone,

: I'm really new to this whole bass playing thing, and I'd be really greatful if somone could reply to these questions preferably by E-mail with the minimal amount of patronization :-)

: 1) Whats a string gauge (how is it measured, how do the strings sizes relate to the numbers and is there any way I can find out what string gauge my bass has)?

String size= diameter of the dtrings, I believe. Bigger the number, the thicker the string.

: 2) Whats the difference between passive and active pickups and again how do I know which one I've got?

Active pickups require a battery. If you have a battery in the compartment, it's active. The tonal difference.... it's subjective. To my ears, active pickups give a wider range of tone, but to me usually sound more High-Tech. I have a bass with active pickups that I use for contemporary music, and a bass with passive pickups that I use for older jazz.

: 3) does anyone know of a good series of bass lessons on the internet that work in progession, without jumping from the really obvious to all that slap, tap funky stuff?

can't help you there, my friend. I would recommend Carol Kaye's materials. For a beginner she is a great place to start. go to

: 4) How do I minimize fret buzz?

get the neck of your bass adjusted. I would take it to a reputable music store and get it done. Cost is usually minimal. Don't try this by yourself - especially if you are a beginner. You can also raise the bridge in small increments until the buzz disappears. But if the neck needs adjustment, raising the bridge may or may not help.

: Thanks so much in advance - please reply by E-mail

: Duncan


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