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Old 10-08-2012, 11:11 PM
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Default 4, 5, or 6 string

For those who own multiples basses of different strings, how do you decide which one to play? When is a good time for a 4 string, 5 string, or 6 string? Or is it just random?
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:45 AM
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I always felt like more strings the better since you have a few more notes under your fingers & you never know when your going to need to break out some bach cello music while on your rock gig (joking) but as far as slapping goes I always feel like I can comfortably dig in on a 4 or 5 string since the c isn't great for that. On double bass I've never had a 5 string & regularly i don't get to join in when I see that low d & a couple other notes : /
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im sure the 6 string is better for soloing.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:31 AM
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The main purpose of a 5-string (low B) is not the extra low notes on a bass guitar from B to D#/Eb. The main purpose is faculty -- to be able to play patterns and progressions laterally rather than longitudinally (across the fret board instead of up-and-down the fretboard), which is more efficient and precise.

So...if you play repertoire that has technical aspects that would do better in this fashion, then a 5-string is most helpful.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:18 AM
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Not on an upright. No one uses b string past the first few notes
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:39 PM
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Not on an upright. No one uses b string past the first few notes
Agreed. This is the electric bass guitar section of the forum.
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