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Found this minty spider resonator today.
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Not a great pic but I'm too lazy to go get a good one.

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my bass also uses that bridge ! is that burgundy mist or car ?

you are a converted guitarist iirc ? I'm interested in your right hand approach , are you picking or fingerstyle or maybe slapping ?

rn i'm hunting tone / characterization while I get up to speed . I sort of like the fingerstyle sound best , i'm not really pursuing slapping ( it will be there later ) and I feel very comfortable picking in time and very comfy to palm mute so I can get reasonable tone altho I feel I am picking too hard .

fingerstyle bass is not intuitive for me . I do a lot of pick-free stuff with the guitar ( frailing and Travis picking are bread n butter , am very comfortable with Atkins style picking ) but I find none of that really translates to the role and architecture of the bass so i'm figuring it out I guess .

i'm leaning towards a one-finger approach a la jamerson . there is very little footage of him playing . it's like trying to parse Robert Johnson . i deeply suspect he uses the back of his pointer finger to push for instance 16th notes where most fingerstyle players would use the middle finger . maybe I will try pairing my first two fingers as a reinforced hook . lol . we will see what sticks

 

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so far i'm really enjoying developing right hand for bass and focusing on fingerstyle .

i've abandoned the one-finger idea , I can see it being a natural step from upright bass but maybe not for me as a new bassist on an electric .

for now i'm focusing on developing the middle finger as the main quarter-note attack with the index filling in on the 'and' and as needed . looking around it seems like most players favor the index on the 'one' but it's making a lot of sense for me to flip that .

I'm also checking out a lot of other players . I think my all time fave bassists are jamerson and Eric Wilson of sublime .
 

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so far i'm really enjoying developing right hand for bass and focusing on fingerstyle .

i've abandoned the one-finger idea , I can see it being a natural step from upright bass but maybe not for me as a new bassist on an electric .

for now i'm focusing on developing the middle finger as the main quarter-note attack with the index filling in on the 'and' and as needed . looking around it seems like most players favor the index on the 'one' but it's making a lot of sense for me to flip that .

I'm also checking out a lot of other players . I think my all time fave bassists are jamerson and Eric Wilson of sublime .


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Are you watching a lot of this guy?

I started playing recently as well, just after finding the exact arcane One Bass I’d been lusting after for years.


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It’s a 25 year old recreation of a ‘73 jazz bass that is now vintage itself. (The color: a once subtle “vintage white” that is now legitimately yellowing.) Made of Japanese swamp ash — a tree that is only felled at night — in the factory known to interwebs detectives as the best in Japan.

I just love it. I was going to change out the pickguard to off white, but this one’s kind of got an ugly beauty.
 

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Are you watching a lot of this guy?

I started playing recently as well, just after finding the exact arcane One Bass I’d been lusting after for years.


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It’s a 25 year old recreation of a ‘73 jazz bass that is now vintage itself. (The color: a once subtle “vintage white” that is now legitimately yellowing.) Made of Japanese swamp ash — a tree that is only felled at night — in the factory known to interwebs detectives as the best in Japan.

I just love it. I was going to change out the pickguard to off white, but this one’s kind of got an ugly beauty.

a beauty ! love the 70s fender aesthetic with the block inlays and binding .

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not sure if i've seen that YT guy , I probably have ? I don't watch a lot of how-to technique videos I like to just pay attention to players I think sound good and watch/listen to what they do and see if I can figure out a way for myself ( rn i'm in a very rudimentary phase and making really basic decisions about my approach ) .

there are a couple of yt'ers that I enjoy tho . davie504 ( when he plays anyways ) is a fun channel i'm less enthusiastic about his streaming shenanigans .

here's a channel I enjoy , ausha does mostly play-along covers but has great taste in material :

 

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spending a bit of time with this aerodyne p-bass ... I'm so impressed with the build quality out of fender japan . indeed i'm so pleased I went ahead and ordered the j-bass haha !

pics when it lands !
 

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bass journey continues .

i'm so impressed with MIJ fender , aerodyne is really an ideal platform for me : affordable , stoutly made , with a few choice appointments . perfectly player grade .

I did adjust the truss rod from the factory setup to get some relief out of the neck otherwise the j-bass came ready to rock : this has the tapered jazz neck ( rosewood fretboard ) and pups and is really a different animal than the p .

looking forward to digging in mmmm hm
 

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Are you watching a lot of this guy?

I started playing recently as well, just after finding the exact arcane One Bass I’d been lusting after for years

the best yt channel i've seen so far as technique is called no treble :


it's an online zine I guess but they offer really great lessons that join musical ideas with technical practice , for instance here is an awesome primer on swing time ornament :



it's funny . ~30 years ago I started on guitar and in those days I was super into 50s electric blues where you hear and play a lot of swing eighths . it took me awhile to figure out that those eighths were really partial triplets ( notation doesn't typically make this clear , swing eighths are usually annotated as eighth notes ) and then when I heard Bernard purdie explain his shuffle it all came super clear that swing time is really straight time but I held onto the physical concept of swing .

so as I have been stretching out on bass I've been revisiting swing time and lol'ing b/c every single tutorial discusses partial triplets as the basis for swing eighths ! and it's been very instructive to get a sense of the role of bass in driving a swing time tune : stick to the quarter notes , express the swing in rests or ghost notes or burps , and choose good notes .
 

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so far here is my bass journey :

- I keep a very flat left hand and am well attuned to the single note spirit of the bass role , so muting and phrasing is fairly natural

- so far as right hand technique I have progressed from ' one finger like jamerson ' to ' let me investigate fingerstyle swing time ' to ' put a pick in my hand I become a demon ' .

I have a clear path but I do enjoy fingerstyle diddling . what to do ?
 

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also : my interface is also a tube pre amp . I ran my guitar into it and then into the input of my bass amp .

the result was interesting . it made the amp silkier and somewhat compressed even without the compression on .

I have an option to input from the pre amp to the effects return as well . I tried this and I learned the amp volume comes from the onboard pre ; with the effects return my only volume control is on the guitar itself seemingly , i'll have to investigate a bit more I guess . anyways the sound is super direct sounding but again i'll have to investigate further ...
 

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