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What instruments do you play/have you played?

Started by Vijfhoek, December 06, 2014, 11:15:02 pm

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Vijfhoek

I have actually been thinking of getting a cheap bass guitar for some time now. But even the cheap ones cost, and I could also spend it on cool things like a GTX 970, a 7-string or a prime...

DJ Omnimaga

Is it possible to play every part of a song with a non-bass guitar as a solo band or does it absolutely requires the bass too?

Vijfhoek

A bass kind of is the glue between the drums and the guitar, and it's an octave lower than a normal guitar, so yes, it is needed. Yes, you can pitch-shift a guitar down an octave, but that honestly sounds like crap.

I guess this is due to additional noises (pick sounds, the sound of your hand moving over the strings) being lowered an octave too, but also some dynamics of a bass being different (think of palm mutes, the act of putting the side of your picking hands to mute the strings a bit. Think of the chugging sound that you can hear in the rhythm guitar tracks of metal songs).

(I also wish the editing area of Tapatalk was bigger. I wonder what that little plus does. Hey, it makes it bigger, yay :D)

aeTIos

I bought a Squier Affinity yesterday :O It's arriving tomorrow between 1 and 3 pm. #soexcitedddddd
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Vijfhoek

Yay! Hope you'll like it. Make sure to throw some pictures our way when it arrives!

aeTIos

That totally goes without saying haha. Not before I try it, though :P
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Vijfhoek

I just realized that I never showed you what my guitar looked like, only on hangouts. I'm still really happy with the deal I got on it. €180 for a Jackson KE3, that thing retailed for €800 when it still was in the stores.

I guess I'll upload some pics tomorrow when it's light again.

DJ Omnimaga

Quote from: Vijfhoek on February 08, 2015, 01:03:02 pm
A bass kind of is the glue between the drums and the guitar, and it's an octave lower than a normal guitar, so yes, it is needed. Yes, you can pitch-shift a guitar down an octave, but that honestly sounds like crap.

I guess this is due to additional noises (pick sounds, the sound of your hand moving over the strings) being lowered an octave too, but also some dynamics of a bass being different (think of palm mutes, the act of putting the side of your picking hands to mute the strings a bit. Think of the chugging sound that you can hear in the rhythm guitar tracks of metal songs).

(I also wish the editing area of Tapatalk was bigger. I wonder what that little plus does. Hey, it makes it bigger, yay :D)
Aah ok, so I guess I'll have to settle for two guitars in long terms. Oh well, I assume that if you become good at one then it's not too hard to switch, right?

Quote from: aeTIos on February 08, 2015, 11:28:00 pm
I bought a Squier Affinity yesterday :O It's arriving tomorrow between 1 and 3 pm. #soexcitedddddd
Awesome! Please post pictures when you get it. :D

And @Vijfhoek and @Streetwalrus you should both post pics in this thread as well. :P

Vijfhoek

I have played the bass for a gig once, but there are some things that are tougher than you'd expect. For one thing the frets on a bass are much bigger, making playing on the lower few frets really stretchy. Also, playing without a pick sounds so much better on a bass than with a pick. Another thing that's tough is keeping other strings from vibrating when playing one. This also happens on a guitar, but much less so.

DJ Omnimaga

Oh I see. Seems a little problematic >.<. My fingers aren't short but I am betting my fingers would hurt at first from stretching them more than usual >.<

Vijfhoek

February 09, 2015, 07:11:00 am #130 Last Edit: February 09, 2015, 07:20:00 am by Vijfhoek
Many bassists only use their index, middle and pinky fingers when playing on the lower strings. One of the song I thought I'd be playing (turned out I was practising one song too much) didn't allow that though.

It went like this

DJ Omnimaga

Darn I really need to get more used to reading guitar tabs. I watched videos about guitar and stuff before but I forget how stuff is called easily lol, even string numbers. Also are guitar picks really necessary when playing electric guitar with an amp and distortion? I always worried it would wear down strings faster or that I would keep losing my picks for whatever reason. :P

aeTIos

February 10, 2015, 09:34:31 am #132 Last Edit: February 10, 2015, 09:43:18 am by aeTIos
Quote from: DJ Omnimaga on February 10, 2015, 05:35:18 am
Darn I really need to get more used to reading guitar tabs. I watched videos about guitar and stuff before but I forget how stuff is called easily lol, even string numbers. Also are guitar picks really necessary when playing electric guitar with an amp and distortion? I always worried it would wear down strings faster or that I would keep losing my picks for whatever reason. :P

Picks aren't required but it makes playing individual notes much much easier. It doesn't really wear the strings more than playing with your hands. Also, my guitar arrived :D

edit: damn, it's on its side. Any way to fix?
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Vijfhoek

February 10, 2015, 09:51:38 am #133 Last Edit: February 10, 2015, 11:00:53 am by Vijfhoek
You could rotate it in GIMP or something. Anyway, here is my guitar:



For reference, here's the acoustic guitar I played on before I got my electric guitar (I hate it now):



EDIT: Because why not, this is the piano I played on before I stopped doing that:



EDIT2: Apparently I didn't say this, but nice, aeTIos :D

CKH4

Nice guitars, I have a beginners bass and my brother has a beginners electric guitar but none of my close family can really play.


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