#1
Right i jus snapped the G on my bass and i wanna play any ideas
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#5
anything by ash, mark hamilton doesnt actually have a G on any of his basses, when he was learning he kept popping it trying to be flea and couldnt afford to buy a new one all the time it kept happening, so he just learnt without one

ash have some great basslines
#6
Anything by Lamb of God. JC had a bass custom made to have 3 strings. Just so he couldn't use the G.

And LoG is awrsome.
#8
You could always just figure out the fretboard past the fifth fret and learn everything that was on the G string on your D string (as Martin suggested)
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#9
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Muscle Museum by Muse should be fine, only a few notes on G
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that should do ya for now.
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#11
Time is running out/Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
Killing in the Name - Rage against the machine

Bit vague question in OP tbh, how long you been playing bass for? Then we can help out more.
#13
Cannibal Corpse tbh
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#14
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Time is running out/Supermassive Black Hole - Muse
Killing in the Name - Rage against the machine

Bit vague question in OP tbh, how long you been playing bass for? Then we can help out more.

And are you silly Killing uses G in the chorus
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#15
Alot of the heavy Opeth songs are based around the E + A strings, like Circle of the Tyrants (DON'T YOU DARE GO NEAR THE SOLO )
#16
When you think about it, having only 3 strings really isn't that limiting. Realistically, you only lose the 5 highest notes on the fretboard.
#17
Fall Out Boy.

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Nah, joking.

Just convert the notes from G to D?
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#18
If a song's highest note is at or below the 9th fret of the G string and you have a 24 fret bass, you can play the entire song on the E string alone. I'm gonna say that very, very few strings USE the G string. It's all a point of reference. This is why tabs are stupid.
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If a song's highest note is at or below the 9th fret of the G string and you have a 24 fret bass, you can play the entire song on the E string alone. I'm gonna say that very, very few strings USE the G string. It's all a point of reference. This is why tabs are stupid.


he is right. although it gets slightly more confusing if you have a fender. i really dont get why they only put 20 frets on them???

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EDIT: oh and on topic.... the g string actually only gives you 5 extra notes. All the others can be played on different strings, it just means you will have to shift around a bit.

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#20
^That's right. My Warwick tuned to B only has one less note than a 5-string Fender. Freaky.
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#21
You have a few choices:

1. Take the hit, and go buy a new set of bass strings.

2. Buy a backup bass, so that when you do break a string, you can keep on playing the rest of the gig with a bass that has 4 strings.

3. Learn a bunch of early Police tunes. Most Police basslines are minimal, like "Walking On The Moon"--are very simple yet quite elegant. Of course, the audience may think you are a loser if you don't sing as well. And most of their basslines (thanks to Sting) are playable on just 3 strings.

4. Pick up any Terem Quartet CD--they are from Russia. The bass player plays a bass balalaika, which has only 3 strings. But he plays it with incredible agility and finesse. The instrument is a sight to behold--huge triangular acoustic body and 3 strings.

5. Take a hint from the violoncello/mandolin family of instruments and tune your bass strings in fifths (E B F# instead of fourths E A D G). It will give you a wider range of notes and a different perspective on the spatial aspect of notes on the fingerboard.

6. Buy more durable strings. I recommend the Dean Markley Crygenically Activated Blue Steel strings. They last about four times as long, are quite bright for better high harmonics response, and they dull to a wonderful tone as it ages. They are about twice the cost of normal strings, but since they last 4x longer, they are actually more cost effective in the long run.

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#22
Well, the fact remains that keeping that G string off is bad for your bass. I hope you like incorrect bow and neck warping.

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