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  • edhornby
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    “My tutor insists on the thumb in the middle of the neck for mobility.”

    Your tutor is right.

    at an advanced level there may be a case for using thumb over in specific situations but it’s really not a habit to be building into a bassist who is learning. How you mute (with both hands) and how you move around the fretboard are all excecuted properly with the thumb at the back

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    Can someone check my working?

    I’m after some new strings for my Mustang bass; it’s a 30″ short scale length measuring bridge to nut or 12th to nut x 2

    However the ball end anchor points (whatever the term is) are through body, so actual string length ball to nut is more like 32, 32.25″

    Do I need shortscale or medium scale strings?

    Edukator
    Free Member

    It’s not a case of advanced or beginner, edhornby, it’s just some things are easier thumb over and there’s not much point making things harder. The thumb can be used for muting or fretting if it’s over the top, muting that way is very convenient when playing with a pick. Tutors who insist on one technique over another are just handicapping their students.

    Watty
    Full Member

    @theotherjonv Have a word with Bass Direct, I had a similar query and they sorted me out. https://www.bassdirect.co.uk

    luv2ride
    Free Member

    @theotherjonv
    https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/pages/bass-scale-length
    This useful resource from Stringsdirect might help…

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    Cheers both, I messaged SD on their webpage and someone came back later with a link to a blog on this, where by luck they’d used the Mustang as their example. It’s not quite as simple as scale length then, rather to find your own actual string length but then they include that info on their string sets.

    https://www.stringsdirect.co.uk/blogs/blog/fender-mustang-bass-strings

    I think the blog might be a bit old because I can’t find the string length filter they refer to (new website maybe?) but narrowing it down to a medium scale and then checking on a few sets from there has found a few options.

    Bass strings can be quite spenny, can’t they!

    Watty
    Full Member

    Yes they can! I’ve just bought some flats – forty five flippin’ quid! They do sound amazing though.

    Edit. This video might help.

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    I was doing a clear out of old bookmarks and happened upon this. It looks like a dodgy site but I haven’t had an issue other than a popup advert from time to time and the sound dropping briefly (may be my chromebook); it’s an archive of a BBC doc (1/3*) that was on a few years back that I enjoyed and then when I took up bassing in lockdown, I went looking for again. Some proper low end legends on there…..

    https://ihavenotv.com/on-bass-tina-weymouth-guitar-drum-and-bass

    (one on drums and one on guitar as well, on the bottom of the page)

    edhornby
    Full Member

    I remember that series it was pretty good – and great to see Carol Kaye on there, it’s crazy to realise just how much she played on (as well as holding her own in a male dominated world)

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    Yep. More than 10,000 sessions, never mind tracks.

    Thinks of something out of the US in the 60’s and chances are…… yep.

    J-R
    Full Member

    Thinks of something out of the US  LA  in the 60’s and chances are…… yep.

    Thinks of something out of the US Motown  in the 60’s and chances are…… JJ or Bob Babbit.

    I though Tina did a great job of presenting and giving a good overview of the great players and the way bass playing developed.  Just a very slight shame that in the bit on Paul McCartney she didn’t mention how he was influenced by hearing James Jamerson – who to me seems the grandfather of great bass playing.

    Scapegoat
    Full Member

    Prepare the brickbats……

    Here’s another Muse cover:

    sharkattack
    Full Member

    Timely thread resurrection. I’ve been back on it this week, playing every day after about a year off.

    I’ve been trying to level up as well after stagnating for ages. I’ve been putting in the hours on some stuff that’s way above my usual difficulty level. It’s so satisfying when you can feel the progress coming as the speed goes up and the mistakes go down.

    I wouldn’t mind filming something. What are people using to record with? I know I could just use a phone or camera but it would sound crap. I’d like to record the sound from the laptop and put it to the video. I’ve got iMovie so I can edit when I learn how to.

    I’ll figure something out and post a video for your criticism.

    chiefgrooveguru
    Full Member

    “I know I could just use a phone or camera but it would sound crap.”

    We sometimes record rehearsals on my iPhone and it works perfectly well. Tons of compression but it’s fine as a document of what you’ve been doing it. The next step up for us is using a Zoom stereo recorder and then the step above that is a Focusrite 8 channel interface and lots of mics and DI into Logic.

    Also for all my songwriting I just use the voice memos app on my phone, 95% of the time with my acoustic bass guitar.

    For guitar or bass videos for work we use a Canon M50 with a Rode VideoMic Pro+ and/or a large diaphragm condenser into the Focusrite into Logic – but the latter is for showcasing the sound of expensive gear with maximum honesty – it’s not necessary for other purposes.

    “My tutor insists on the thumb in the middle of the neck for mobility”

    I don’t teach bass but I think I have pretty good technique. Thumb on the (middle-ish) of the back of the neck is usually best for mobility but a fair bit of the time it’s harder work than a more relaxed hand position and isn’t as good for left hand muting. Muting is such a big part of playing well on bass, even if you’re not going full Rocco Prestia!

    Scapegoat
    Full Member

    I have a Focusrite Scarlett interface.
    In  this instance I recorded the sound of the bass through the amps (this used two amps, one a dry signal and the other a separate channel with some Muff and a bit of drive)  mic’d with a condenser mic.
    The backing track is the studio recording with the bass removed using stem software.  I put this into Audacity and recorded the bass with the backing track in my in ear monitors. This then gave me a bass track which could be tweaked and mixed with the backing to create the audio track you can hear.
    I recorded the video with an iPhone on a tripod.
    The video is then put into Videopad editor. It recorded the bass only as the backing is silent, and you can use the waveform of the bass line to visually sync it with the audio track, then delete the audio from the video. Simples.

    chiefgrooveguru
    Full Member

    “ It recorded the bass only as the backing is silent, and you can use the waveform of the bass line to visually sync it with the audio track, then delete the audio from the video. Simples.”

    A clap – or if you’re only DIing, a slap or pop, gives you a good visual cue and a nice sharp transient to time align everything.

    pisco
    Full Member

    I’ve finally admitted to myself that my big gigging days are over, so am selling my rig on Basschat forum, a Glockenklang Blue Rock head and Barefaced Super Twin cab (Thanks Alex, it was perfect)

    The reason I’m posting here is that some proceeds may go towards a dirt jump bike, so if you need some top bass kit, and have an unused PBJ on the garage, things can be worked out!

    clubby
    Full Member

    Dipping my toes into the murky world of pedals. Full on HX Stomp looked a bit advance for me but the new Pod Express Bass looked pretty foolproof. Just messing with everything at the moment but think I’m loving the Chorus a little too much.

    IMG_9068IMG_9069

    theotherjonv
    Full Member

    I’m loving the Chorus a little too much.

    Tease your hair up, lengthen your strap, and head for Crawley where you’ll fit right in.

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