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Bass Guitar Buying Tips for Beginners
Picking out the perfect bass shouldn’t be considered an impossible task. With so many good quality, affordable basses out on the market, it is now even easier to find a great instrument. Take note though that you should not buy the first bass that catches your interest. There are still a lot of things you have to be aware of when choosing to purchase a new bass. Basses, after all, come with many different features that should be taken into consideration, so that you are able to get the best value on it. Here are some helpful guidelines to ensure that you pick the right one.
Be a Detective
Before you even set foot in any music store, you should have a general idea about what you want to buy. Doing some research can include looking into product reviews, catalogs, as well as the manufacturer’s website. This will help you get familiar with what features and specs are available, and which ones meet your needs. After you have narrowed your bass options, you should take the time to learn everything you can about those specific ones. The more you have familiarity with the guitar’s features, the easier it will be to identify which you like and need. Plus, it will also help that you’re able to tell the salesperson exactly what you are looking for. Never base your decision on what your favorite guitarists are using, or what the salesperson recommends. This is due to the fact that not every instrument will be the best acoustic bass guitar for you, and something that works for your favorite player may not be what you are looking for.
Once you have an idea about what you want, it is time to browse through a few music stores and try out some basses. It might be tempting to try out every single bass in the store, and that is okay. Trying out an expensive bass could give you some perspective on how a well-crafted bass is supposed to feel. This will help be able to pick out a less expensive but still good instrument. After that, you should try out the ones that are actually in your price range. When trying out basses you should look at the fretwork, how the neck feels, what the finish looks like and how sturdy the construction of the instrument is. If a less expensive bass seems to be pretty similar to the more expensive one, then chances are you have found a great value.
The Parts of a Bass Guitar
Body construction plays an important part and should be the next feature to look at before making your purchase. The key areas that you should focus on the most include:
-The Neck Pocket: The neck pocket is where the neck attaches to the body of the bass, and should be attached with a bolt-on neck. If the neck is glued onto the body or has a neck-through-body design then you should move onto a different bass. The neck should fit comfortably into the pocket, and there should be little to no space between the two. On the other hand, if you are able to easily slide anything thicker than a business card between the neck and body then you should keep on searching. If there is a large space between the two, then that guitar is not a well-constructed one.
-The Finish: Make sure that you also check the paint job for any bubbles, dimples, orange peel, or any other defects. Keep in mind that even though an instrument has a poor paint job, it can still be played to sound great, but could indicate that the overall construction of the bass was done haphazardly.
-Body Materials: More often than not, the cheapest basses are made out of plywood butcher block. This wood is actually made up of pieces that have been glued together, sanded, and is then covered by a single piece of veneer, before a heavy finish has been added on. It is becoming more difficult to be able to spot plywood construction, but you should look for uneven surfaces that are separated by straight lines. This is where checking the manufacturer’s specs come in handy. These specs will usually include information on whether the bass body is made out of one, two, or three pieces.
It’s All About The Neck
The first thing that you should look at is the neck of the bass. This means that you should run your fretting head along the neck and make a mental note about how it fits in your hand. If the instrument feels uncomfortable in your hands then move on. You should also try to play the bass while sitting as well as standing. Take some time to strap on the bass and then let go of it. If the instrument suddenly slides after you strap it on, it usually means that the neck is too heavy for you. Unless you’re fine with muscle strain while playing, don’t select an instrument with a neck that slides off. Take note too that not every bass body shape will fit comfortably on your lap. This is especially important if you are planning to sit down to practice or record songs.
Take time to examine the instrument’s hardware and electronics, to make sure everything is aligned and attached the right way. This includes checking out the bridge, tuners, pickups, controls, and string trees.
The last thing you should test out is how the bass sounds. You should plug the instrument into an amp that you either already own or plan on buying then listen! This will help you know what type of sound your new bass will be producing.
A thin-sounding bass will be a perfect fit for a bassist that plays with a large ensemble of musicians since the tone will occupy a specific range, while a bass with a huge tone will be great for a player that is part of a trio because it is able to cover a wide tonal range. The right bass just depends on your own personal preferences and needs. Do not buy a bass that has a poor tone, because trying to fix it with other amps or effects will not be an adequate fix.
Music as a Therapy
Musical therapy can be beneficial for many people. Music can soothe, inspire, change your mood and help through difficult times. Many different styles of music can be used as therapy and it can also be great to provide musical instruments during the therapy can also prove to be very useful. The following are some of the ways music can be used as a therapeutic device.
-Music can help those with disabilities relax and it often acts as a soothing sound. Children and adults alike who have mental disabilities have been found to listen closely to certain types of music. This allows for calm interaction with family members when it would have been difficult otherwise. Music can also help those with physical disabilities as it provides a connection between them and those around them. Allowing them to play instruments can also bring great joy.
-People who have been through a traumatic event can often respond positively to musical therapy. Different types of music evoke different emotions and this can often help release some emotional baggage that they may have been holding in. After going through musical therapy sessions, many who have experienced the loss of a loved one have felt a better sense of calm and peace in their lives.
– Musical therapy can also help children from troubled backgrounds. These children may have never experienced many types of music that are used in therapy. This new sound often acts to inspire them to do better and actually find a focus in life. Teaching the children to play different instruments can show them how they can positively impact those around them through music.
-Anyone can benefit from music therapy. Listening to soothing music after a particularly stressful day can help with relaxation. Music is also essential to many people while they’re working out and can be a wonderful tool for women in labor.
2016 Grammy’s Worsts and Bests
This year’s Grammys were not lacking in many great performances. With everything from musical tributes of legends that have passed away over the last year to budding new artists that are on their to making history. With stunning performances, many segments are likely going to be put down in as some of the best live acts that any Grammy show has ever seen. Unfortunately, there were a few performances that were butchered due to some technical difficulties, and unsteady vocals. Below, we have ranked the 2016 Grammy performances from worst to best.
Coming in as the worst on the list is Adele sing “All I Ask”. Over the years we have all come to know that Adele is able to put on breathtaking shows. Sadly, her Grammy performance was not up to her normal standards. Right off the bat, her performance of “All I Ask” was off to a rocky start. There was an odd clicking sound that was coming from the piano. This clicking noise seemed to throw her off her vocal, which resulted in her voices sounding uncomfortable for the rest of her segment. It was later confirmed by CBS, that there was, in fact, a 5 to 8 second sound problem that was out of their control. Later that night Adele Twitted, that the piano mics had fallen onto the strings causing the strange guitar sound.
Next on the list was the duet that was done between Carrie Underwood and Sam Hunt. In their performance, they chose to do a mash-up of “Heartbeat” and “Take Your Time”. These two voices melded perfectly together to create on of the better harmonies that have ever been seen at the Grammys. While Carrie Underwood delivered a powerful show, there were some moments where newcomer Sam Hunt’s vocals sounded a bit strained. Most segments usually run around 3 minutes but this duet went on to 5 minutes. Such a long performance would have been alright, except there was a lack of choreography which caused their duet to seem longer than it was.
Don Henley, Jackson Browne, and Joe Walsh all came together to do a tribute to the late Glenn Frey. This trio chose to pay homage to Frey by performing “Take It Easy”. The performance was pretty good but was sadly lacking in energy. This could have easily been avoided by adding a younger performer to the roaster to help boost up the energy level of the song.
We have to come know that The Weekend is a great live performer, and his show at the Grammys was not a disappointment. He chose to sing “In the Night” and “Can’t Feel My Face”. While his vocal was on point, his choice of focusing most of his segment time on the low-energy “In the Night” was the only downside in is performance. It would have been better if he had started off with the slow song and then cranking up the energy with “Can’t Feel My Face”.
Alabama Shakes were able to create a wonderful performance, thanks in part to the powerful vocals of Brittany Howard. This group chose to sing “Don’t Wanna Fight” at the 2016 Grammys. Brittany is considered to be one of the greatest voices in the modern music industry. With their performance of “Don’t Wanna Fight”, Alabama Shakes was able to knock the socks off of everyone listening.
It is no surprise that Taylor Swift was chosen to open for the 2016 Grammys. Her performance of “Out of the Woods” set the bar high for all segments that were following hers. From the very first beat, Taylor’s singing was beyond flawless. Then everyone was floored when she started doing vocal runs near the end of the song. This performance will definitely go down in history as one of her best award show performances.
Justin Bieber, Skrillex, and Diplo are next on the list with their performance of “Love Yourself” and “Where are U Now”. Bieber hit the stage, after winning his first ever Grammy. He delivered an impassioned and acoustic version of “Love Yourself” before Diplo and Skrillex joined him on stage. With Diplo on the drums, Skrillex on guitar and Bieber on vocals, tt was no surprise that these three rocked out hard and delivered a kick-ass version of “Where Are U Now”.
Lady Gaga hit the stage to do a 10 song homage to the late David Bowie in only 6 minutes. While some of her theatrics were on the verge of being gaudy, Lady Gaga was still able to re-create many of Bowie’s fashion evolutions as well. She also had some help from Bowie collaborators Nile Rodgers and Raphael Saadiq. Working alongside these two, Lady Gaga was able to bring a whole new element to her performance, which would have made Bowie proud.
But the greatest show of the night was Kendrick Lamar. He hit the stage in an unusual stage outfit, to perform “The Blacker the Berry” and “Alright”. Lamar shuffled onto the Grammy stage covered in chains, in an effort to make a political statement. He began his segment with “The Blacker the Berry” which was tied together with a wonderful sax solo. This was then followed by “Alright” which was done in front of a bonfire with a tribal dancer. To wrap up his performance Lamar did a little freestyling, which will go down as being one of the best live television performance in history.