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Even though a bass guitar may contain a sophisticated electronic circuit featuring variable bass, midrange, and treble controls, you can greatly affect the tone generated from an instrument by merely shifting the position of the picking hand between the fingerboard and bridge. Since there is a considerable tonal palette available between the fingerboard and bridge, you can create a variety of sounds without needing to adjust the equalizer settings on a bass or amplifier.
With the picking hand positioned near or over the fingerboard close to where the neck joins the body, you can produce a deep, round tone with an accentuated low end similar to that of an acoustic upright bass that blends in well with a mix of other instruments.
If the picking hand sounds a string close to the bridge, the resulting tone will be brighter and more articulate with an emphasis on the treble frequencies that will tend to cut through the mix.
From a physical control perspective, the strings will be easier to control towards the bridge due to the strings being more resistant or less flexible near their endpoint. By comparison, the strings will feel much looser and more difficult to control when played closer to the fingerboard. To demonstrate, sound the E-string near the end of the fingerboard, and take note of the intensity at which the string vibrates back and forth. Using approximately the same amount of pressure, sound the E-string close to the bridge, and you will notice that it moves considerably less. As the picking hand is repositioned, you will need to lighten the amount of force utilized to sound the strings because if you use the same level of pressure at the end of the fingerboard as what is employed near the bridge, the volume won't be consistent and the strings may strike the fingerboard which can result in unwanted string clacking.
When playing a bass with a two-pickup configuration, picking the strings between the neck and bridge pickups will result in the best overall combination of lows and highs and is generally well suited for most styles of music.
The biggest factor to take into consideration when deciding on where to pick a string should be dictated by the music you are playing at that given time and the tone best suited for that particular style. For example, if you are playing jazz or blues music, you will be able to generate a tone that is the most appropriate for those styles by picking the strings near the fingerboard. If you are performing in rock or funk genres, picking the strings close to the bridge will help produce a tone that works well for that music. ... Subscribe Today & Read More!
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