#1
is there such a method for using a slide on bass as on guitar and can someone direct me to some helpful youtube videos please?


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#2
you know what...? I never heard of that... great innovation.


i'd imagine it would be the same as sliding on a guitar tho...
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#5
It makes a lot of noise,since the strings are so much bigger than a regular guitar,and so the winding of the strings is bigger. I havint tried,but I bet getting some flatwounds would probably help.
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#6
I don't know about anyone doing that professionally, but I do personally. I suggest you just get a slide and work it out yourself. Who knows? Maybe you'll become famous and then become known for bringing the slide to bass.
#7
That sounds rad. Totally me when I get a bass
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#8
It's hard and I can't get anything usable out of it. Like Krist said, flatwounds would be good. My strings are kinda dead, though, so there's no telling if it sounds good normally.

That dude has some crazy two-string bass, which is probably tuned A C#, so he's got that in mind.
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#9
I've tried it before. Not much you can do with it unless you're writing a solo piece or really creative. As for basic bass stuff (as in holding down the low-end, which the vast majority of bassists do, and I don't mean that to be snide or stereotypical), it wouldn't be very versatile.

I did see Stefan Lessard do it at a Dave Matthews concert once, but it was for an intro jam and not the actual song.
#10
Yawsbass got it. Stefan Lessard does it a bit for intros on his six string. I also do it. But shhhhh...

I use a normal six string with a glass slide, and put some effects on there. Sounds gooood.
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Chris Wood from Medeski, Martin, and Wood uses it in some rare instances.
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#12
now I haven't really used a slide before but what are the differences between metal and glass slides?
#13
Metal slides have a much brighter, harsh tone. Glass has a softer, more subdued attack to it.
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#16
Flatwounds sound like crap with slide on regular guitar, so I'm guessing it's not going to sound to pretty on bass.
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Morphine are the only band that I know of that slide bass, he knows how to economize with his two string bass!
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#18
slide bass!?

hmm...

I can't do that, I use heavy heavy guage strings.
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I don't know about anyone doing that professionally, but I do personally. I suggest you just get a slide and work it out yourself. Who knows? Maybe you'll become famous and then become known for bringing the slide to bass.

Yeah, threadstarter, I've never heard that idea before. Totally fresh.

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https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=531694&highlight=slide+bass
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=454725&highlight=slide+bass
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=672132&highlight=slide+bass
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=721542&highlight=slide+bass
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Every time I played "slide bass", the tone was very quiet on the actual "note" side, and very loud on the "metal scratching against metal" side. It was harsh and sounded harsh. Maybe a glass slide will reduce the harsh friction, but my question remains: what advantage would slide bass have over fretless? Considering fretless... works and all.
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#20
yeah, the fitz, i've never cared before... threads found in the search bar may not contain the new and UPDATED information acquired if a new thread is started..

and thanks for all the replies so far, I'm borrowing a slide tomorrow to try it on my bass and I'll post my opinions on it.
#21
I've done it with a copper slide and it sounded pretty sweet. Didn't get a chance to play it with my glass slide as I dropped it on the floor and it shattered as I was on my way to my basement studio.