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What stringed bowed bass instrument should I learn?

For home recordings, I'm looking to learn a new instrument that is cello-like, low-end and haunting sounding, but not large and unwieldy. Help me brainstorm. [more inside]
posted by critzer on Feb 21, 2014 - 27 answers

Hearing Protection for Musicians, or, It's Too Loud and I'm Too Old

I am a bass player, and I have recently returned to playing loud, noisy rock and roll after a 4-year hiatus from the stage. I have always eschewed earplugs on stage, on the grounds that they keep me from hearing all of the nuance I need to hear to play effectively with a group. But I ain't no spring chicken anymore, and now I recognize that the real reason I never wore earplugs before, even in mind-bendingly loud bands, was mostly out of misplaced machismo. I can tell that I have lost some hearing over the years, especially in the ear that usually faces the drums, and I want to avoid losing more. I have tried using cheap, disposable foam ear plugs, but I am not satisfied with the sound quality I am getting with them. Are there better ear protection alternatives out there? [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

So is it pick then grin, or grin then pick?

What Bluegrass should I really dig into to get a feel for the style? [more inside]
posted by Gygesringtone on Jul 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Easy jams for keyboard and bass

I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
posted by morninj on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

There's a lot of head-tilting in this video.

How would you describe this piece of K-pop? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Nov 11, 2012 - 1 answer

A nice acoustic bass guitar at a reasonable price?

What are some suggestions for a nice acoustic bass guitar (not a stand-up bass fiddle; not an acoustic-electric) that I can purchase for my son at a VERY reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 16, 2012 - 12 answers

How to transition from classical to jazz bass?

I am a classically trained bassist that wants to learn jazz and get over my fear of improvisation. How can I practice in my spare time to further this goal? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Jan 20, 2012 - 5 answers

The Thick of My Life

What was this band I saw in the Chicago suburbs? [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu on Dec 29, 2011 - 5 answers

School me on the drum-and-bass scene: where, and when?

Help me find a quality drum and bass/jungle festival to attend in the next 12-24 months (or a fun city to visit with weeklies/clubs/options for hearing a variety of heavy, bass-driven music... but not so much dubstep). Preferably somewhere in Canada or the U.S.; other ideas welcome, as long as they're worthwhile and not scary-expensive. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Dec 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Boom ba doom boom boom ba doom boom bass

Is there a darker side to bass guitar solos and if so, which bands/artists utilize it? Darker bands/songs with prominent bass also work. [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Nov 23, 2011 - 20 answers

Can you help me reduce pick-hand pain when I play bass guitar?

I've been playing electric bass guitar in bands continuously for about 25 years or so. The last 20 years I've been using a pick exclusively, and for most of that time, while playing, I've suffered bad pain in my picking hand - specifically around the base of my thumb and in between the thumb and index finger. It's kind of like a cramp that comes on about 5 minutes after I start playing, and can in extreme isntances result in me not being able to hold onto the pick. The pain subsides after I stop playing, but it's a serious hinderance to playing well! I'm in a punk band, so lots of speed picking. I've tried hand and arm exercises, stretching, upping my potassium intake (bananas and coconut water), repositioning the bass, and taking Ibuprofin before playing and none of it seems to work reliably. Is this something I am just have to live with?
posted by slackdog on Oct 21, 2011 - 15 answers

i need heavy, 2011-vintage music.

I'm in need of heavy, new music. I know that sounds general, but if I give a couple of examples, could you recommend similar tracks or albums? OK: The Zed's Dead remix of Massive Attack's "Paradise Circus." The entire Araabmuzik album. Also, the Weeknd's first EP. [more inside]
posted by flod on Sep 20, 2011 - 11 answers

Origin of the "Give it to them" sample?

What is the origin of the "Give it to them" sample that was ubiquitous in early 90s techno? [more inside]
posted by yesno on Aug 14, 2011 - 7 answers

What practice amp for playing bass would you recommend?

Can you recommend a bass amp to get for use in a small apartment? I'm getting back into playing an electric bass (Fender Jazz Bass) soon and am going to be in the market for a small practice amp. Can you recommend a good quality amp to get that won't drive my neighbors crazy?
posted by GS1977 on Jun 14, 2011 - 16 answers

What WinAmp equalizer setting will most emphasize the bass guitar?

What WinAmp equalizer setting will most emphasize the bass guitar? [more inside]
posted by Trurl on May 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Flea replica bass?

Is a replica of my dream bass made and sold anywhere? (It's Flea's [of Red Hot Chili Peppers].) [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Apr 14, 2011 - 10 answers

Everyone breaks but the bass keeps playing as if nothing changed, like it just can't stop.

is James Jamerson the bassist on the Four Tops' "Reach Out (I'll Be There)"? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Mar 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Ohm my god

The bass player in my band has this combo amp. It has 2 internal speakers, and an external speaker jack rated for a minimum impedance of 4 ohms. If he wants to hook up an additional cabinet, what does the impedance of the extra cab need to be? [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Mar 13, 2011 - 2 answers

There are more than three chords!?!

Looking for songs that are not too difficult to play and feature a guitar, bass and female vocalist. [more inside]
posted by talkingmuffin on Dec 9, 2010 - 22 answers

Boom-nothing-nothing sounds weird

When playing the bass for bluegrass and old-time waltzes, what do you do on the off-beats (the 2 and the 3)? [more inside]
posted by pipti on Dec 9, 2010 - 7 answers

What is this classical melody? Wagner?

What is this theme that's stuck in my head? I haven't found it on musipedia, shazam and google. Part of me wants to say Wagner, but what piece?
posted by stereo on Dec 1, 2010 - 6 answers

Extensions, frequencies, and driver types, oh(ms) my! Best headphones for a bassist?

Looking to buy high quality headphones as a gift, but am no audiophile, so a lot of the jargon and specs mean nothing to me. Looking for recommendations based on certain parameters. [more inside]
posted by HonoriaGlossop on Nov 6, 2010 - 12 answers

How to soundproof when living above a bar

I moved in above a bar. The soundproofing is great, except for the vibrations from the lower bass frequencies. They're using wall-mounted speakers placed pretty close to the ceiling. Is it possible to soundproof against those? And what are some of the things the bar could do to help me? [more inside]
posted by maxreax on Oct 29, 2010 - 18 answers

How low can they go?

Who are your favourite pop/rock/whatever singers with deep voices? I'm talking Stephin Merritt deep, I'm talking Calvin Johnson deep, I'm talking... deep voices.
posted by Ted Maul on Oct 26, 2010 - 62 answers

What's that cone-ripping, Sugalumps-like bass?

What's the bass & drum style of Flight of the Conchords Sugalumps, particularly 9th through 15th second of the video, called? Rhapsody's genres has something called Electro-Funk which includes artists like the Bass Mekanik that include test tones on some albums and Bass Transmission. I'm particularly interested in the sustained low low bass "notes," particularly when combined with higher percussion (snare) in a really danceable, but somewhat slow tempo.
posted by morganw on Oct 13, 2010 - 10 answers

Technically exemplary metal bass performances?

Technically exemplary metal bass performances? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 3, 2010 - 14 answers

Bassist seeks bass for serious, long-term relationship

What kind of bass guitar am I looking for? [more inside]
posted by otolith on Sep 3, 2010 - 16 answers

How to make my electric guitar sound more electronic.

Help me make my electric guitar sound electronic. (Please dissect these Daft Punk and Justice songs with me.) [more inside]
posted by jalexc on May 3, 2010 - 10 answers

Who rocks out on the bass?

Beginner bass player looking for musicians to aspire to and music to be inspired by. Name me your favorite songs with a wicked bass solo, and bands driven by a heavy melodic bass line. I'm especially interested to hear about female singers accompanied by only her bass as well. Thank you!
posted by angermanagement on Feb 22, 2010 - 74 answers

Vaccora 5 String Bass woes.

MusicianFilter: I accidentally broke the headstock off my neighbors Vacarro 5 string bass (Don't ask...lets just say it was a late night session). I’m looking to replace the neck, but cannot find anyone who can get a 5 string Vacarro neck. Anyone have any suggestions? I’m in the NY metro area.
posted by hbon23 on Jan 14, 2010 - 2 answers

Recommendations for DJ samples/songs ala Fatboy Slim?

My husband mixes dance music using Fruity Loops. I want to get him some CDs for Christmas for samples -- particularly stuff that sounds like Fatboy Slim. Help? [more inside]
posted by heatherfl on Dec 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Live bass guitar looping - how DID he do it?

A little while back I heard a bass guitar player with some kind of amazing live looping set-up - what on earth was it? I keep wondering what he was doing. All I could see was that he was grabbing (sampling) things he was playing, as he was playing them (ie while he was continuing to play), using foot pedals of some sort, and then incorporating those loops into the rest of the track. Amazing. But how?
posted by monster max on Oct 18, 2009 - 20 answers

What is the signature sound of Grado headphones?

What is the signature sound of Grado headphones? Are they ok for listening on an iPod, specifically for electric bass (not rap music). [more inside]
posted by kenliu on Sep 1, 2009 - 19 answers

What is that groovy bass line in the Cablevision commercials?

What is that groovy bass line on those Cablevision commercials? There are a series of recent Cablevision commercials with a dark haired dude talking in front of a white background - these all end with a really groovy bass line. Is that from a real song, or is it just something they just recorded for the commercial?
posted by kenliu on Aug 6, 2009 - 6 answers

Bass Amplification by Simulated Emission of Reverberation

What exactly is the difference between a guitar and bass amp? If I were to get the latter, could I plug in the former instrument and still get similar bitchin' sounds out of my rig? [more inside]
posted by shoebox on Jun 29, 2009 - 15 answers

Suggestions for comedy songs to sing at the piano

I'd like to learn some more comedy songs to sing at the piano along the lines of Hugh Laurie's Mystery. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by chrismear on Apr 20, 2009 - 18 answers

Pre mid-life crisis?

I've never played any instruments in my life and at the age of 29 I'm interested in learning the electric bass guitar. Will I be able to do this? Or do you have to have been playing an instrument since you were a child? Erm, that's it. Oh, any similar experiences or useful resources would be good to hear about. Ta.
posted by mooreeasyvibe on Apr 4, 2009 - 32 answers

Get on up...and tell me where the bass is at.

I'm in need of some seriously funky bass. [more inside]
posted by ostranenie on Oct 21, 2008 - 28 answers

Other songs like Song of the Volga Boatmen?

What songs are similar to this recording of The Song of the Volga Boatmen? (Slow, non-English solo bass vocals, powerful and gloomy)
posted by Izner Myletze on Oct 16, 2008 - 6 answers

If Sting can do it, I can too!

Can anyone offer some good advice on how to sing while playing bass or drums? I play bass, but it seems like advice from drummers would be in tune with what I'm trying to do. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Sep 7, 2008 - 11 answers

David Bowie

Bass player. Long time pizzicato, first time arco. What do I need to know about my bow, specifically regarding rosin? [more inside]
posted by gnutron on Mar 17, 2008 - 14 answers

Which is the best speaker for my bass amp?

Bass Amp Filter: 2 x 10 or 1 x 15? [more inside]
posted by IZ on Feb 13, 2008 - 20 answers

I don't blame them, heaven knows...

Know any good songs arranged for double bass and female voice? Regina Spektor's Rejazz is wooonderful, but I'm looking for more "jazz standards"-y type songs. [more inside]
posted by Plug Dub In on Feb 7, 2008 - 13 answers

Bass ambition

MidlifeCrisisFilter: my old itch to play the electric bass has resurfaced. Please help this middle-aged lady make a fool of herself. [more inside]
posted by Quietgal on Jan 30, 2008 - 21 answers

All your bass are belong to us

How can I find the right bass player for my band in the Philadelphia area? [more inside]
posted by ludwig_van on Dec 30, 2007 - 20 answers

Blow my house down.

New home sound system, and now I've got more bass than I know what to do with! Help me take advantage of this with music recommendations that will make my house shudder and boom as I harness the power-- THE POWER. [more inside]
posted by hermitosis on Dec 20, 2007 - 28 answers

Scales for (upright) bass

I can't seem to find any good printable scales online for the upright bass. [more inside]
posted by dondiego87 on Sep 6, 2007 - 14 answers

Easy as YYZ

Any recommendations for a computer program that will make learning and/or transcribing complex basslines easier? I would like to find a simple way to slow down an audio track and isolate the bass guitar sound. [more inside]
posted by freshwater_pr0n on Aug 12, 2007 - 6 answers

Jazzy electronic music recommendations?

Jazzy electronic music recommendations? I'm thinking of Squarepusher, some Tortoise, etc. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Jul 24, 2007 - 49 answers

Show Me the World of Drum and Bass

I can't get enough of Pendulum's release Hold Your Colour. What else might I like? [more inside]
posted by CrayDrygu on Jun 18, 2007 - 10 answers

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