No reason to play beyond the 5th fret ...

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by vintage saddles, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. vintage saddles

    vintage saddles Supporting Member

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    Just a little tidbit I picked up today from my friendly Guitar Center. Too important not to share.
     
  2. BluesForDan

    BluesForDan Member

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    but in which direction, Mr Paul John Jones? Which direction?
     
  3. wynsmth

    wynsmth Supporting Member

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    Yet another "one size fits all" piece of advice to be completely ignored.
     
  4. RickC

    RickC Gold Supporting Member

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    The more common version is "no money above the 5th fret". Not to be taken word-for-word literally, but a gentle reminder that keeping the bottom solid as a bassist is generally a good practice.

    /rick
     
  5. olejason

    olejason Supporting Member

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    Totally depends on what you're playing. If you're thumping along in a bar band sure. In other avenues you will be expected to have chops and be able to play whatever is asked of you, including solos.
     
  6. Jeff Scott

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    Oops! :bumpbump
     
  7. gumtown

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    Damn, I am going to have to pull the rest of my frets off my bass.

    I must be doing it all wrong then,
    have been known to run out of fret board after No#22,
    have even had to fret notes on top of my front pickup.
     
  8. bob-i

    bob-i Member

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    Frets? Please explain.

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  9. AXEnGEAR4J

    AXEnGEAR4J Supporting Member

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    love it!.....haha

    Now I know why Mesa pull their contract.....:nono :crazy
     
  10. gpro34

    gpro34 Member

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    Sure, if you're taylor swift I suppose that holds true.
     
  11. Gotham City Blues

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    Gotta love 'em.
     
  12. s2y

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    You need to take that GC employee's advice. He's going to make it big you know and perhaps in the next year or two.
     
  13. royd

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    this made me think of the 10 commandments for the bass player


    1. Thou shalt not *%$* up the groove. *%$* up the notes if thou must but not the groove
    2. Thou shalt not lust after the guitar player's part. He keepeth the fun. Thou keepest the groove.
    3. Be thou not swayed by a drummer with crappy time, for thou art the keeper of the beat.
    4. Be thou not led into temptation before the gig. After is cool.
    5. Thou pushest thy luck with 5 strings. 6 is a mortal sin, for thou hast no business in the upper register.
    6. Thou shalt not thump with thy thumb nor honk with a pick when thy fingers are the way of truth.
    7. Thou shalt not fear whole notes for they can be the way and the light.
    8. Thou shalt leave the fancy #$@% to thy bandmates so they might wrestle with their own bad taste.
    9. Thou shalt change they strings once a decade whether they need it or not.
    10. Thou shalt tune thy bass before each and every gig even though it was in tune when last thou put it away.
     
  14. geek-mo

    geek-mo Supporting Member

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    These are going up on my wall! :dude
     
  15. RickC

    RickC Gold Supporting Member

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    Nice looking bass

    :aok
     
  16. s2y

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    Sounds like a very narrow way to look at the bass. Even Sir Paul played a 5 string once or twice and used a pick.
     
  17. TolerancE

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    That just shows their level of intelligence. It's also the reason they're working at Guitar Center and not cutting million platinum selling albums or embarking on world tours.
     
  18. s2y

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    Yet. They'll make it sooner or later. The old guys simply missed their big break. :aok
     
  19. suckamc

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    Greatness
     
  20. Igotsoul4u

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    Funny. When playing 4 string I rarely play below the fifth fret on the D and G string. I need the fatter tone of the thicker strings.
     

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