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i dont think it would sound that good but the exact same way you do on a guitar. the bass strings are the same as the last four strings on a guitar, but they sound deeper because the strings are thicker.
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^Yep. Look at the tabs for RHCP Don't Forget Me as an example, Flea plays them through most of the song.
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Quote by fondeedoodle
i dont think it would sound that good but the exact same way you do on a guitar. the bass strings are the same as the last four strings on a guitar, but they sound deeper because the strings are thicker.


Way to be obvious..and it sounds fine if your EQ can take it (i.e. equal amounts of low and high to get the whole chord clearly).

Just listen to newer Iron Maiden, Steve Harris is the master as throwing chords into his basslines.


Edit: Root-fifth-octave example

root:
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7--  

fifth:
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9--
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octave:
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9--
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Power chord:
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9--
9--
7--
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thanks for helping but i dunno much so wot is a root fith octave?

The root is the note of the power chord, the fifth is on the string about 2 frets higher the fret board. Look at the intro to the Dont Forget Me tab.
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yeah for bass though sometimes it sounds really muddy if you use the octave,so you might just want to use the root and the fifth.
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I do them like this...

G-7-7-5-7-
D-5-5-3-5-
A- - - - - - -
E- - - - - - -
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^

Those are double-stops... I think they need the octave to be powerchords. But that's what I do, I don't play powerchords, just the double-stops.
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^^They still count as powerchords, actually. They're probably doublestops as well though... Anyone?

Lots of people play powerchords like that, without the octave.
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Powerchords ARE doublestops. Playing just the root and fifth is still playing a "powerchord".
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^Yep, technically power chords aren't chords. I think power chords sound lousy on bass unless you only use the D and G strings.


Or sometimes if you play higher frets on the lower two strings.
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If I play PC's on Bass, I only tend to use D and G, you get a much cleaner sound.
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yeah D & G powerchords FTW!

i think they sound bad on the lower strings
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But I don't just use double-stop powerchords. You can also throw in fourths, augmented 5ths, major amd minor thirds, for example:

G -7
D -5

-4
-5

-6
-5

-5
-5

-8
-5

-3
-5

-0
-5

etc. etc. etc. My favourites at the moment are those that use lots of open stings, for example -
G-11
D-0

-7
-0

etc.
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They're probably doublestops as well though... Anyone?


I do believe a double-stop is just playing two strings. I think that is right anyway...
#23
I use root-fifth-octave power chords and double stops with all sorts of weird augmented/dimished thingies. I like the dimished 5th.. sounds evil.
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