#1
I just tried playing my bass with my violin bow but it didnt exactly goes as planned. I was wondering if any one knows anything about playing with a bow or if its even possible on a bass guitar?
#2
Buy an upright if you want to use a bow so badly.

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#3
Yes, it is possible - you just did it.
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#5
you can get flat wound strings and that might help? dunno. worth a shot.
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#6
stand up bass bows have much tighter tensions than violin bows. You would need to get some flat wounds. Even then, you would only be able to play the top and bottom strings because of the whole purpose of a BOW. If you were to raise the middle strings so they can be played, they would be further from the pickups and would be too quiet.

Go buy one of those E-Bows. If you want more sustain. Decent uprights are in the thousands.
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#7
im curious

why play with a bow?
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#8
Yeah like CLIFF said, you can only play those 2 strings. As far as sonsie's post, it has an interesting tone. you would just have to try it. lol
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#9
Im starting to get more sound by applying more pressure but my bow feels like its gonna snap. Also I have flats on it but I guess I have to have an upright bow
#10
I used an antler and it worked... kinda...
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#13
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a stand up bass has round-wound strings and an electric bass doesn't


Its the other way around. Uprights have flatwound strings, roundwounds would chew up the fingerboard.
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#14
Flatwound strings.

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#16
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The main issue TS is that you could only play the E and G strings, raise the saddles on the A and D to get a nice curve like on uprights and you could play all strings.
#17
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And to the TS, get an Ebow. Its not quite the sound you want but it will get somewhere in the neighborhood of the sustain you are looking for.
#20
it seems like his right hand is just kinda levatating there. ill just look it up on google, but thanks for the video
#21
The bassist from Strange Boutique also uses a Ebow quite a bit . I think when used right (like in the Mannring video) it sounds rather cool.
#22
i have the same problem....my band wants me to use the bow for the show, but i have no idea how to make a violin bow work....i heard just use a bunch of rosin...but flatwounds i guess might help...they are so effin expensive though....