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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Learning about bass - appreciating the double bass

windmill
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older,better
Mar 5th, 2019 04:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

As I continue my neverending quest to become a better player and as a relative late newcomer to the bass, I have started to appreciate the difference between playing a double bass compared to an electric bass.

It all started when I was trying to learn some old rock'n'roll standards, like Blue Suede Shoes and Whole Lotta Shakin', and realised they were playing more just the standard chord patterns

Watching youtube I saw a lot of people playing along on electric bass and not playing anything like what was on the original recording.

More recently I have been listening to Blue Note jazz records from early 60's and I saw a blues band with a double bass recently as well.

I was thinking of copping some lines from them but they just don't sound right on the electric.

I cant put my finger, or ear, on it.

Is it the sustain the double bass gets ?
Or is it a function of the instrument that the players have to leave space to get the notes sound out fully.

And is it because of that need have time for the note to sound they "swing" it more than players of electric basses do ?

Is there a technique to get an electric to sound like a double bass ?

Any of you cool cats feel like giving away a trade secret ?

:)


BobbyMac
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Mar 5th, 2019 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

The differences between an acoustic guitar and an electric guitar are not dissimilar to those between a double bass and an electric bass.

In most instances, its pretty hard to make an electric bass sound like a double.





Te 52

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Mar 5th, 2019 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

I play both double bass and electric. If I play a fretless electric strung with flats, turn the tone down some, pluck near or over the fingerboard with no nail, and use an occasional left hand slide, I feel I can get close. It's not going to fool anyone into thinking it's a double bass, but the overall vibe is about the same.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 12:03 AM, Mar 6th, 2019)

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Mar 8th, 2019 09:23 AM   Edit   Profile  

What Te52 said.

Taildragger
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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Mar 8th, 2019 10:37 PM   Edit   Profile  

Maybe what you really need is...

...this:

Te 52

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Mar 9th, 2019 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile  

Either that or...

...this.

windmill
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older,better
Mar 9th, 2019 08:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Taildragger

Sometimes the answers are so simple that you just don't see them !

:)

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THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Mar 21st, 2019 10:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

One of the few songs I play on electric bass same as double bass as far as notes is Patsy Cline's I fall to Pieces. I too use flats and play at or over the neck.

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Apr 8th, 2019 09:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

Feels like a different instruments to me, even though it covers the same frequencies they are generated differently. The wave lengths are from 11 to 27 feet. The small bodied acoustic or semi acoustic electrics seem to have a faster response time, the big bodied uprights generate the full tone and wave lengths.

I started on the double bass but when dad got stationed to Germany I had zero opportunity to continue with the upright and it was a year before I got a semi acoustic electric for Christmas and an amplifier followed 4 years later.

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