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Posted by El Pájaro on March 17, 2000 at 06:22:29:

In Reply to: HELP! posted by Massimo on March 16, 2000 at 05:32:46:

: Hello everybody, sorry for my english but I live in Italy,I'd like to know
: some information on how to play without using pentatonic scales,if I should improve my skill in using other scales and which are the most usefull scales
: to play pop/rock.Then i need a help to know how I should set treble,mid,low on
: my amp for slap tecnique(i have a ken smith bass,how is it?) for finger tecnique and the right strings for each tecnique.
: thank you very much.

Scales to play pop/rock? It really depends on the tonality and/or chord structure of each song. You may find useful to play the scale or mode from every chord is derived, though this is not the only valid option. For example, the use of the Dorian mode over dominant 7th chords sounds especially cool (check out some Flea bass lines to hear this effect). The same can be said about the use of the Locrian mode over Maj7 chords.
Amp settings for slap and finger technique? Everybody has a different way to do it, an there is no rule of the thumb as fas as I'm concerned. I keep the same EQ curve on my amp wether I play fingerstyle or slapstyle, relying on variating the right hand position for producing the best tone. I'm aware, though, that some people like to roll of the mids and boost the lows and highs for a more modern, punctuating slap sound, so you may want to check this out. And don't ever change strings when going from one technique to the other!! Unless you like the sound of flatwounds in fingerstyle playing, there is on reason to do that. Whatever roundwound strings you use will sound OK when payed fingerstyle or slap.
Hope this helped. Arrivederci!!

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