#1
Hi,

A friend of just bought a 5 string bass and I was wondering why a five strings? What is the fifth one for? What music style and so and so...


Thanks in advance.

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#2
The 5th one is a low B underneath the E. It expands your range, and if that's his thing, play heavier riffs (although you can play heavy riffs on an E, I know...).
#4
Yeah, it's just for those extra low notes, I've only seen them used in metal, and Primus? (6-string in that case?) But there is no reason they can't be used in other genres...
#5
And what styles?
From jazz, listen to alain caron to metal to everything, it just depends on the octave you want the sound to come from
#6
It is either a low B or a high C string (if it is above the G).

They give the bass a larger range, and most vitally, they give economy of motion which allow you play a wider range of notes without moving your hand. For example, now you can play 2 octave scales with only one shift of your hand, while having 4 strings requires quite a few more shifts.
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#8
Nah worries.

For once it's not a 'IS DIS MG NY GUD LOL' thread, which are admittedly entertaining