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Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 August 2010 14:41)
Hartke HSB445 3P String Review
This review is for the Hartke HSB445 3p 3 pack bass string set.
Price: $25 - Sam Ash Music, Nashville TN
Gauge: 45 - 65 - 80 - 105
String Material: Nickel Wound over Hex Core
Initial Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 (This is a good Product)
The Story: I purchased these strings at SamAsh Music in Nashville TN shortly before doing a TV show shooting and a week on the road touring with my band. My test materials were a Warwick Streamer $$ bass and a MarkBass 2x10 Combo amplifier. My initial response to these strings was good, they strung up very easily just like any other string. They don't have as much "grab" on your finger as a stainless string might, but that is to be expected with nickel strings and wont chew up frets as quickly. They sounded very bright and had a very even tone across them. After stringing the Hartke HSB445s up I played about 30+ hours both in live venues and practicing. After 30 hours of playing I noticed that they weren't as bright as they were initally, but still sounded and felt VERY good compared to a lot of other "bargain" strings I've tried which usually are dead after playing a couple of hours. For the price of $25 for 3 sets of strings I HIGHLY reccommend giving them a try. You will NOT be dissappointed! You can view the video review below.
Overall Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 (This is a good product)
Last Updated (Tuesday, 17 August 2010 14:40)
Left And Right Hand Technique - Beginner Lesson 2
Proper Left and Right Hand Technique
So now that we've gone over each of the parts of the bass lets start playing!!
First off lets take a look at each hand and what it should look like as you're playing starting with the plucking hand. Most people are right handed, but if you are left handed just flip around the hand I'm saying to use!
Basic Right Hand Plucking Technique:
Once you have your hand ready placing your thumb on the pickup closest to your neck at about a 45 degree angle to the body of the bass. You should find that your index and middle finger are now resting on one of the strings. This is the first step. The next step is to actually pluck the string.
Now you have your right hand in the proper place to pluck strings start by using your index finger and pluck across the string towards your thumb. Let the string ring for a second. Now use the middle finger and do the same thing. Then the same with the index finger again. Next is to move on to the other strings. You might find it useful to move your thumb and rest it on the E string when you pluck the A string, and moving the thumb between the E and A strings when plucking the D string, etc. Now do the same thing on each of the strings alternating between your index and middle finger a few times. Get comfortable with this.
Now lets check out the left (fretting) hand.
Take your left thumb and rest it on the back of the neck perpendicular to the neck of the bass. Now curl your fingers round and rest them so that each of your fingers is on a fret line. Depending on the size of your hand this may be easy, or it may be difficult. Don't be discouraged if it is hard to get each finger on a fret, your muscles may need to get used to this position but get as close as you can for now. Now, using the tip of your first finger press down towards your thumb on a fret on the E string. Now you have the fret pressed down use the right hand technique we discussed earlier and pluck the string a few times. NOTE: If this is the first time you're playing or if you haven't played in quite awhile you'll probably be pressing down WAY too hard. It is important to not press too hard on the frets as it will faitgue your hand quickly and you might injure yourself doing this. Now lift up your index finger and now on the next fret where your middle finger is do the same thing you just did with your first finger. Do this same thing for each of your fingers.
Now that you have this under your fingers I have a few points I need to make very clear:
First - Do not press too hard with your fretting hand. You CAN and WILL injure yourself if you do this. Pay close attention to how hard you are fretting. You will fret too hard at the start but work on how litle pressure it requires to sound a note. If you find it is difficult to hold down a string get lighter strings.
Second - Pay attention to the angle of your fretting hand wrist. If it looks akward or hurts make sure you adjust it so that you are not bending it too muck. Try to keep your fretting hand wrist straight. Again, strange angles will lead to fatigue and eventually injury.
Third - With your right hand make sure you play everything alternating your first and second finger. This will take time and you may favor your index finger alot at first. It just takes practice with alternating before it becomes second nature.
Fourth - Work on how hard and soft you are plucking the strings with your right hand. Pay attention to the difference in sound it makes the harder or softer you pluck the string
Fifth - Try moving your right hand closer to the bridge and pluck and pay attention to the sound it produces compared to closer to the next. Keep this in mind and pay attention to the tone difference in where you're playing.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 July 2010 18:07)
Anatomy of a 4 string bass - Video - Beginner Lesson 1b
Here is the video lesson to accompany the written lesson on the anatomy of a 4 string bass. It might help clear some things up, or if you're like me you might just learn better from watching something instead of reading it.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:23)
This site was launched just days ago. I'm working on building content right now and getting an overall design setup. In the meantime I'm going to post some good videos for bass instruction and a handful of articles and whatnot from sources outside of this website to get the ball rolling. At this point I'm looking for bass instructors who might be interested in contributing video and/or written lessons in trade for a link to their website/blog/etc. I'm also looking for contributors to the articles section.
In the very near future you will find on this site ORIGINAL lessons both in written and video format, more links and whatnot to outside sources you should be checking out as a bassist, a review section for gear, and a brand new custom design to the site, and a forum section for bass players to get together to discuss bass topics, find subs, instruction, etc. etc. etc. I also plan on having some fun stuff on here including polls on bass topics, giveaways, and a "bass player spotlight" where you are given your own section to "shine" as a bassist on this site.