#1
Hey Everyone I started playing my bass guitar again. I was listeninf to some Mudvayne and was like "WHAO SHIT THATS COOl" and now Im playing the Bass again.

I do have a question though, what do you guys do to prevent getting blisters on your umm...picking hand(the right one?) Would gloves mess up the sound.
#2
You have to develop calluses, and it'll be fine.
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#4
gloves would mute the sound and how much depends on what they are made of....

i think

but it may give you a unique sound that you may like :P

gradually build up caluses (spelling?)
#6
Just suck it up and be a man. Bass callouses are your 10 (or less I guess, depending on your style) badges of triumph, of honour.
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Play with a pick...


Only the n00bs do that.
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#11
Use a glove?

That's a new one.
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Only the n00bs do that.



noobs dont use picks. a lot of people use em cause they have a different agressive sound. like maxwell murder by rancid. if he played that with his fingers it wouldnt sound as cool.
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#14
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Smell the glove?


You'll be glad you toughed it out now though. Callouses are the way to go.


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Part of the honor of being a bassist is building those rock hard callouses, and there is no easy way except time and practice.
#15
I find that Ive been playing my flatwounds for a while and i really don't get blisters/ callouses, my fingers just gradually get harder, minus the skin chafing goodness of roundwounds.

(yes, i play finger style)

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#16
Quote by fenderbassist12
noobs dont use picks. a lot of people use em cause they have a different agressive sound. like maxwell murder by rancid. if he played that with his fingers it wouldnt sound as cool.


As much as i would like to agree about that, mainly because i played with a pick for ages, you can get as agressive a tone as you could ever need with some careful EQing, check out Cannibal Corpse - Hammer Smashed Face for a good example.

OT: Suck it up and play with your fingers, calusses rock, lol. But seriously, you can get so much more tonal variety with your fingers it's not even funny.
#17
Yeah, every bassist has to go through it. I guess if it's getting too hard for you then put band aids on the tips of your fingers. That won't help you in the long run though.
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#18
It's just part of learning, and it's worth building up your callouses now and not finding a way around it because you will thank yourself later
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#19
What I did when I first started playing (and whenever I lose my calluces through megligence) is play for a very long period of time with a very heavy attack. Even when you start to get blisters and when it hurts, keep going (but try and have fun, play songs you like/learn stuff etc.). Once you get very big blisters, pop 'em and drain them in a sterile fashion, dip your blistered fingers in rubbing alcohol and the next day, voila! You'll have perfect calluces in no time.

Or you could very slowly...ly build them up over several months. Either way works. I prefer the blister method myself, I've tried both, the first when Is tarted playing bass (fingerstyle only at that point) and then a few months ago after a long period of intensive pick style. Either way, tough it out, it'll be worth it in the long run.
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#20
Is it only me who never had a problem with this despite rigourous playing?
#21
^ I never had a huge problem with it. On the first day I played my bass for a few hours and my fingers absolutely killed me. I just did the same thing for about three days unknowingly and I never had another problem with blisters again.
#22
Does anyone know if calluses would affect fingerpicking style on an acoustic guitar?
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#23
Well i bought an acoutic guitar today because ive always wanted to play and it didnt really make it awkward or anything when i played it..
Ive only just started though so it might start effecting the more complex finger picking stuff.
Im not that good yet so i dont know :P
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Does anyone know if calluses would affect fingerpicking style on an acoustic guitar?


Nope. I switch between acoustic and bass on a weekly basis. I find the general distance between the strings more of an adjustment for the first few minutes of playing an acoustic.
#25
Quote by kevhead
Does anyone know if calluses would affect fingerpicking style on an acoustic guitar?


Depends, if you ask a fingerpicking guitarist they'll probably tell you the best way to get good tone out of an acoustic that way is by having long, pick-like nails, but either way it shouldn't have much effect.
#26
Gloves. Pssht.


I remember I burst a blister while playing a show - the song was a really fast one, and I dropped my pick. Had to play w/ fingers (back then I was pretty slow with fingers) and it burst. Gross, I know, but now I have sweet callouses.
#27
If you want to speed up the finger hardening process, use stainless steel strings, specifically Rotosounds. They'll build up the callouses in no time.
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