I am just introducing myself to your great site (i have been lurking for some time now)
I have played Electric bass for over 35 years and have just discovered the wonderful Double bass (Big fan of all forms of Rockabilly, Bluegrass etc.)
I am currently trying to learn slap (not as easy as it looks after 35 years with a pick)
Thanks for the welcome (yes, its a bit quiet on the forum isn’t it)
I do have a bass, had it for about 5 weeks now. I dont know the make but its Black with white double pinstripe around the edges and F holes.
It had steel strings on when i bought it but they were so hard i couldnt learn any slapping at all. So i bought a set of Innovation Ultra blacks but when i put them on, i realised they are a high tension string so i was having the same trouble as the steeles. So i have just (last night) put on a set of Weedwacker Pros which are really easy to slap (if a little bit flubby on the E string) But i have to retune every few mins or so?
Hopefully they, the strings, will stay in tune once they break in.
The first bass I had was rented from a teacher that I was taking lessons from. Right from the beginning, I wanted to learn how to slap and the bass I was using had Velvet Animas on it, a metal string. At first I was having a hard time slapping. It felt too hard and I was very fearful of hurting or breaking his bass. So I went and bought my own bass and had Innovation Super Silvers put on it. While I was deciding which bass to buy and then waiting to have it set up, I started to get a little brave with ‘his’ bass and I began slapping harder and snapping the strings more. I think I could have gotten better at slapping with the Velvets is all I”m saying.
The bass sounds like a nice looking bass. I’d like to see it. can we post pics here?
yes, perhaps a bit of patience on my part to stick with the high tension strings would have improved my technique but being the impatient sort that i am “i want it now”
I have installed a Shatten RB-2 That has a pickup on the bridge and one under the fingerboard. you can adjust each separately.
Is it any good? I dont have enough experience to tell as yet.