#1
I bought a 5-string recently thinking it would be alot more versatile, but i really havent found a use for that extra string yet =\

i play in a metalcore/punk/alot of stuff band (the members have a broad range of interests)

so help me out here =]
#2
i play 6 string and let me tell ya, i've seen so many 5 string bassists who don't use the b string, but it doesn't mean you suck at life, its just simply hard to incorporate, espesically in metal.

Now, unless your guitarist has a seven string (which my lead does), you'll find it hard to work with him when writing something for the b string, and further it might not be very easy/useful to incorporate into e minor (which is pretty much 80% of rock and metal). If you know your modes, try writing in c major/a minor or d major/b minor.
#3
Does it matter?
I write all the **** anyways =]
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#5
youre right
if taking the exact same riff and translating it to bass counts as writing =]
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youre right
if taking the exact same riff and translating it to bass counts as writing =]
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Because all bassists lack the ability to make their own riffs, unless octaving really is best for the song, in which case it is good writing.

Try expanding your current scales to 2 octaves with only 1 hand position change. Very useful. Might be playing on higher frets, but you get much more availible in ne position.
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If you can't find a way to incorporate your B string and play anything AT ALL above the 2nd fret of your A string, you're lying.

Do you ever play a D note? Open D string? 3rd fret of the B string?
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i play 6 string and let me tell ya, i've seen so many 5 string bassists who don't use the b string, but it doesn't mean you suck at life, its just simply hard to incorporate, espesically in metal.

Now, unless your guitarist has a seven string (which my lead does), you'll find it hard to work with him when writing something for the b string, and further it might not be very easy/useful to incorporate into e minor (which is pretty much 80% of rock and metal). If you know your modes, try writing in c major/a minor or d major/b minor.

it supposed to be easier for metal if you have a low B especially.
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i play 6 string and let me tell ya, i've seen so many 5 string bassists who don't use the b string, but it doesn't mean you suck at life, its just simply hard to incorporate, espesically in metal.

Now, unless your guitarist has a seven string (which my lead does), you'll find it hard to work with him when writing something for the b string, and further it might not be very easy/useful to incorporate into e minor (which is pretty much 80% of rock and metal). If you know your modes, try writing in c major/a minor or d major/b minor.



Ummm...??? This is just one 5-string player and avid metal listener's opinion but I don't think you know what you're talking about.

The 5-string fits easily into metal. The thundering low B is used in many metal songs.

The point of a five string is not the extra four notes. It's the economy of motion and single position double octave scale patterns that come with it. A 5-string is meant to make playing easier and open up more tonal options.
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I play worship and it especially useful when going with a piano, it also eliminates having to go to drop d most times.
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I play worship and it especially useful when going with a piano, it also eliminates having to go to drop d most times.


it saves alot of going to drop d unless the band does alot of open or pedal tone riffing in drop. and using the low b can make things sound heavier and darker if needed.
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I play worship and it especially useful when going with a piano, it also eliminates having to go to drop d most times.


I play in a church too and I always get a copy of the piano's sheet music and they tell me to play the bass part. Typically it goes as low as the Low B and rarely(but sometimes) to a low A. A five string would be so handy for that. But I cant afford one. I usually just bump everything up an octave and its just as effective. I've though about stringin a bass BEAD instead of the standard EADG, but haven't bought the strings.
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Five strings are about the low B - Eb as much as they are about having more notes in one hand position. Start playing two octave scales starting on the B string.

You don't have to go lower than the E, use the fifth fret of the B instead of the open E, or start learning songs in drop D.
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I bought a 5-string recently thinking it would be alot more versatile, but i really havent found a use for that extra string yet =\

i play in a metalcore/punk/alot of stuff band (the members have a broad range of interests)

so help me out here =]


You've probably not reached the stage in your playing life that has progressed to a 5 stringer or maybe you haven't yet got an amp that will handle a bottom B but If you play long enough you will want both.
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#16
tune your bass (low to high)

A D A D G

now think "okay anything i would do in drop D between the "normal" A string to the high D string i know have the option of playing it a whole octave lower if i want to"

also when your guitarist is plaing on the A string you now can follow him even lower

if you tune B E A D G
you can now use the B string for ergonomics. now you dont have to slide al around from 5th fret to 9th fet to 2nd fret on the E string you can now incorperate the low B string to keep hand position changes to a minimum.

this is just somewhere start you really have to get creative your own self and try diffferent things out.
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Yeah guys, Paperback plays in Drop C
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for drop C use

G C G C F
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