I was just thinking, do larger gauge strings prohibit you from playing faster? Let me explain.

I currently string my bass with Rotosound 50 gauge (50-70-85-110) with the action set pretty high. Now, I love the low, fat sound these type of strings give me, but are they holding me back? I used to string my guitar before I fell out of playing it with .13s and play in standard, I've always been a big string guy.

I bought some .40s from Rotosound, and these are way thinner so theoretically I should be able to play faster, correct? Obviously I'm going to have it set up again, and I'm probably going with lower action.

Eventually, I wanna be as fast as this guy:


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I've become proficient at playing really easy pop punk songs like Blink and Green Day, and attempted to branch out into stuff like Queen and Iron Maiden, but for the love of anything I couldn't keep with some of Steve Harris' faster runs even with weeks of practice.

So, amirite or, amirong?
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you are going between two very different styles. you will have trouble with it. those strings are not the problem. you'll get it, some things take longer.
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lower the action, there's less distance from string to fret so it takes less time and energy to press the strings down, lighter strings might help too.
i use ernie ball slinky hybrids. i feel they give the best mix of low end and playability.
i actually prefer bigger bass strings for more speed. the bigger, the more stationary. the more stationary, the more consistently i can hit them.
thicker gauge strings and action that isn't super low do make it more difficult in the beginning - they also build your finger strength and dexterity to make it easier to play fast in the long run.

When had getting anything easy right away ever ended up being good in the long run?

It's part of learning, man. The more you play, the stronger your muscles and muscle memory will become, and the faster/cleaner you'll be able to play.
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