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Electric Bass Lessons: Introduction to the 5 String Bass

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[MUSIC]
So
today, I'd like to talk about, the five
string bass.
Now, one of the reasons that it has become
the standard instrument for me,
is because, I used to tune the four
string, down to a low D or
E flat to get some of the lower notes.
And instead of having to tune down now,
I've opted to, just have,
play the five string bass which goes down
to the low B.
So, now, we have the top four strings are
the same as the regular
four string bass with the G [SOUND] the D
[SOUND] the A, and the E.
But now, I have the low B available to me
and
what this does is, is, gives me a chance
to,
to really, play bass.
And it gives me, it gives me the range
that I need to keep up with you know
today's music, the pop world has a lot of
synth, synthesized bass in, in there.
So, this is an actually an opportunity for
me to, kind of stick with those, those
frequencies that are down low.
Now, if you, if you so choose, you can
actually use
the five string to extend the range to a
higher.
And if you do a lot of soloing, or, or
more lyrical type of playing and
a lot of chords, you would have the low
note B and E string.
And you would just, keep the bass tuned in
fourths.
And high note would be a [SOUND] C string.
So you'd have an E, A, D, G, and then a
high C.
It could not be a high B,
because some people think that you're kind
of recreating a guitar.
But it would actually just, be the high C
and then you have all the positions and
shapes are the same, you know, the bass
will consistently be tuned in fourths.
So, that's the five string.
It's a little bit, tricky, when you first
switch to five string to kinda get
oriented to, another string being there.
You're used to hitting that low string and
it's an E, and then all of a sudden,
[SOUND] you go down there and it's a low
B.
But as you can see, there's a lot of
benefits to having the low string,
if I do some of the chord, that chord the
patterns that I do.
[MUSIC]
See I have that note,
low note available to me that I would not
have if I was just playing four string.
[MUSIC]
So there's that, and there's just again
the lower range, when I'm playing, a song
that has a lot of low E flats.
Or a low D or even a low C, you know, and
and I, try to be economic with
the low notes because we don't wanna just
live down there, you know.
[MUSIC]
It just gets a little muddy.
But it is great to have the range
available to you.
So that's, pretty much, the five string.
The, the reason that I switched from four
to five strings and now,
the five string is really my primary,
instrument of choice.
[MUSIC]