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[OT] [Midlife crisis] Picked up a bass guitar....
 

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RCoapman
Joined: 09 Feb 2005
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Location: Back in the snowy homeland

9/23/22 9:12 AM

[OT] [Midlife crisis] Picked up a bass guitar....

Yeah, so that's the level of this particular late-mid-life crisis. I'm now taking lessons before and after 12yos. [sarcasm]It's not at all weird to have the mothers look at me strangely as I'm waiting to see the same instructor and their wee hellions. [/sarcasm]

Anyway, Bob I know you play guitar (not sure if bass is among your arsenal) so if you or anyone else has any good online resources to look at I'd appreciate it. I am taking in person lessons, bought an online course (bassbuzz came highly recommended in the interwebz), and am picking up what I can from other sources.

Apparently I'm being somewhat serious about this, which is weirdly amusing.

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Sparky
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9/23/22 9:38 AM

TDPRI is telecaster forum that has a Bass Place. If nothing else you could find other forum recommendation specifically for Bass.

https://www.tdpri.com/forums/the-bass-place.10/

TDPRI and here are multi decade homes for me, and last few years ThePaceLine/bikes.

Actually, I played Bass 1st. Then acoustic accompaniment as a duo @ 15, and got an Electric @ 16 and been a git fiddler since.

Are you playing Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass Fiddle?

Frets, fretless?

Have fun, and enjoy.

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RCoapman
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9/23/22 12:41 PM

Got a low end electric w/frets. Never knew how weak and uncoordinated my 3rd and 4th fingers were...lol

If I stick with it and get anywhere, skill-wise, I'll treat myself to a nice acoustic in a year or two.

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Brian Nystrom
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9/23/22 12:48 PM

Linda has taken up playing the ukulele in her retirement and now has about as many ukes as she has bikes, including an ukulele bass (yes there is such a thing). She's doing much the same as you, taking in-person classes with a former co-worker, playing with her group and doing lots of online classes. She's having a blast and had some kind of "cord progression epiphany" last week, so she's even more hooked than before. I love it when she plays the lead-in to "Stairway to Heaven".

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Sparky
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9/23/22 1:00 PM

"including an ukulele bass (yes there is such a thing)"

Is it specifically a Uke bass or a baritone Uke?


I traded for an 8 String Schecter Baritone Elec. It looks so wild with all those pole pieces in the fat PUs.

Wide neck, yeah!

This trade included good looper, so one day/week/month I will delve...


Rob, start with a 4, 5 string?

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Brian Nystrom
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9/23/22 2:35 PM

The Ukelele bass ("U-bass") is an actual bass, but it's the size of a typical Ukulele. The strings are so fat it's laughable and it requires an amp to get any real volume, but you can play it just like a full-size bass.

I don't know if you remember the thread where I talked about repairing an uke, but that one was a bass.

Here's an example of someone playing one:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATWWKfixmLA

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Sparky
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9/23/22 3:09 PM

I like it! ;)


Now I want a fretless bass uke.... Thanks a lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1eunn_7rfc&ab_channel=Thomann%27sGuitars%26Basses

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Andy M-S
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9/23/22 3:32 PM

U-bass

I have one hanging in the closet! Child picked it up a few years back and abandoned it, but I've been playing it through a small amp with effects, and it's a lot of fun. You really need smaller hands than mine, though.

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Sparky
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9/23/22 5:22 PM

Small hands not my particular gift, gorilla mitts maybe...

I do have a decent Cort P-Bass clone for years, and a bass amp, just in case a bit of a jam produces itself, and a cajun drum for percussion... Or just make percussive track(s) in the looper if no one to tap out on the cajun box/drum.

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Brian Nystrom
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9/24/22 12:10 PM

I've been tempted to play around with Linda's U-bass, but my hands are really too big for it. I really don't need another hobby, either.

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Sparky
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9/24/22 4:54 PM


quote:
but my hands are really too big for it


Watch this vid, in particular Redd Volkaert / Gorilla Mitts on a 7-1/4" radius telecaster neck with 1-1/2" wide neck at the nut. Then come back and tell me you hands are too big for the Bass-Uke. ;)

Side Note; Cindy Cash Dollar on the steel is pretty good too I'd say.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY8AFtlAykA&ab_channel=TravisWLyon

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Andy M-S
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9/25/22 4:34 AM

Impressive

My problem isn't the with of the neck. It's how close together the frets are. Remember that Teles are long-scale guitars.

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dfcas
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9/25/22 8:13 AM

Someone smarter than me said "A band is a bass and a drummer, and some novelty acts".

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Brian Nystrom
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9/25/22 8:44 AM

Cute!

I think I'm better off sticking with "playing" the spokes in my wheels.

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Sparky
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9/25/22 10:07 AM

I wonder being 1/2 as many frets for 1/2 the scale lengt, 13" scale length of 12 [VS 21 vintage Tele] the spaces not that much different.

Uke Bass Scale length: 20.5 inches Tele 25.5" Page states 19 frets Bass Uke, but pic showed 16..


Don't know Mando fret spacing nor scale length, but I've picked a little on them here and there, sloppily I'd add.

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