#1
We all know basses are y'know.. bigger than guitars, and harder to do moves with...


Does anyone have any sweet tricks?

I often throw my bass up whilst still fretting a note, swinging my body back, then coming back down and throwing the bass behind me essentially and back and forth..

Or if theres a whole bunch of open notes I hold my bass up by the headstock, thats fun...


Post yours bros lol
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#4
dance on the bass drum lol
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#5
Nothing too impressive. If I'm throwing out some sustained notes, I'll hold the bass at arm's length away from my body and hold the fret with my whole hand. Just kind of... I don't know, looks powerful or something. Also, tilting the whole thing to the right, where the headstock is like by my right shoulder, and so bass is facing the ground. That's good for emphasizing cool licks while keeping pretty good control of the frets.

I'm not a throwing or spinning kind of guy, I admit.
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#6
I usually leave that sort of stuff to the guitarist and singer.
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#7
Balancing the Bass upside down on your hand in the start of a gig can get the crowd going at the right atmosphere.
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#8
You always gotta be moving in some way or another!

Whether its just bobbing your head or jumping around, just mvoe to the music. The audience likes to see bands moving and that. Far too many young bands just stand there, stare at their fretboards and look glum. The audience can feel this and turn off.

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#9
i play my bass and i play it well, its a great trick.
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#10
Go with the flow and play with the music. Screw the tricks, do some awesome bass-lines.
#11
Agreed. Play well, walk around stage, trade licks and groove facing the bass drum. Nothing more is required.
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#12
I dance alot, which is something a lot of bassists do because they can't help it. Other than that, not so much.
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#13
I just walk around and groove (or headbang when it's called for), mouth some words at random lyrics, bob my head and whatnot. Sometimes my guitarist and I make eye contact and make faces and gestures to keep up the morale. And I hang around the drummer to keep company, I mean that's what a bass player does anyway. Unless you're floating in the air playing a solo.
#14
I occasionally flip mine. But I'm only 5'8" and the head stock comes real close to smashing into the ground.
#15
ok when doing flips/tricks ect. I'm assuming strap locks are needed, but do any of you just go without? And secondly does the material of your strap make a difference as to how you can flip it?
#17
Yeah i'm a big fan of not making myself potentially look like a fool
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#18
i pull the strings like herman li from dragonforce (but he's doing it with his tremolo)
#19
i dance. and thats about it. and i go crazy depending on my mood
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#20
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ok when doing flips/tricks ect. I'm assuming strap locks are needed, but do any of you just go without? And secondly does the material of your strap make a difference as to how you can flip it?



Yeah you need a smoother material strap to do it, kinda liek a seat belt..


I have one strap lock, on the back..
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#21
Jerk it off when you're not playing.
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#22
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I dance alot, which is something a lot of bassists do because they can't help it. Other than that, not so much.

Ha, "because they can't help it" is probably the best way to sum it up, good sir. Just made me smile when I read that, because I thought about it and... man... I really CAN'T help it!
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#23
About the only playing trick I use is tap harmonics, but nothing much fancier than that (slapping, tapping, the like.)

Stage presence-wise, though, I've got ADD or something. I can never stand still, even if it's in slower songs. It's not even really about being noticed or getting the crowd going, especially in slow worship songs, it's just how I keep rhythm.
#24
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#25
I always end up screaming **** like "COME ON YOU MUTHAFUKAS!!" at people in the crowd, even if they're my friends and family...

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#26
I slap it with my ****.

Oh yes, I do.
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#27
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ok when doing flips/tricks ect. I'm assuming strap locks are needed, but do any of you just go without? And secondly does the material of your strap make a difference as to how you can flip it?


I;m a cheapskate,I just use those little plastic straplocks, they cost like £1. Having said that, I don't swing it above my head or anything.
#28
I tried to spin my bass around on the strap. I almost broke my nose when it hit me in the face.
#29
if you need a vibrato on a sustaining note shake the body of the bass instead of jsut like bending the string back and fourth

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#30
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Ha, "because they can't help it" is probably the best way to sum it up, good sir. Just made me smile when I read that, because I thought about it and... man... I really CAN'T help it!


what if they strapped someone to the chair so they could move when they were playing the bass and they had to play and they couldnt move... and they were playing really funky/rock/whatever they want to dance to most music. what would happen?
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#31
running around in circles and some ridiculous head banging works
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#32
with strap locks, (obviously) I sometimes just do the unoriginal throw it over your back trick before the start of a song.
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#34
I'm scared to do those tricks cause i'm playin an antique and I don't wanna mess it up.
#35
Somtimes I smack the body so make the strings rattle.. Give kind of a feed back sound.. I do it in intros to look hardcore

It never works..
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#36
^lol it never works ay.

I tried doing that a few times, later on my friend was like 'wtf were you doing hitting your bass?'
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#37
Just mainly headbanging. That and Im trying to get jumping off my combo down (hard to practice in a f*cking mobile home...). Thinking about starting to walk to the end of the stage or sitting on the edge to get closer to the crowd though Id like to get a wireless before doing that.
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