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Beginner 5-String Bass Video

http://www.creativebasslessons.com/beginning5.htm – Beginning 5-String Bass is a series of specialized videos made for bass players starting on the 5.

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  1. These comments has some age in them…i liked what u saw here..yiu still here?

  2. cool very helpful I have been playing bass for years but this video is very helpful thanks

  3. Do you know of any nylon strings that are pure nylon not just nylon wound around metal that will fit a 5 string electric?

  4. I''m completely new to well, making music and i have come across my grandfathers older five string bass. Would you consider a um "pre-beginner" video? It would be very much appreciated.

  5. Great videos george. I'm considering moving to bass from guitar. Should I consider a 5 string straight off?

  6. RandyJKIt'sJack

    I have one problem, there is hardly any good music written for the 5 string any suggestions

  7. Thanks for the tutorial. I'm also gonna get a 5 string bass.

  8. Thanks..  It's  gave  me  a fresh perspective on 5 string.. I'm definately  gonna  get a 5 string. 

  9. Sounds like you have some fret buzz on the b string.

  10. BassLessonsOnline

    You're most welcome. Thanks for your post.


  11. Thanks for this video

  12. BassLessonsOnline

    This video contains excerpts only. And yes, we are always teaching ourselves too.

    Thanks again for your concern and input.


  13. BassLessonsOnline

    Hello and thank you for your input.

    I say in the intro to this sample video (at 0:20 and 0:40) who these 5-string bass videos are directed at.

    You are right, these videos are not for absolute beginner bass players. When you the "29 videos" link above you will find lessons for absolute beginner bass players.

    Kind regards,

  14. BassLessonsOnline

    Thanks for showing your appreciation.
    In the 1990's I played nothing but 6-string bass for about 7 years. It taught me a lot about bass and harmony (because I could easily play chords). Now I don't even own a 6-string bass.
    Unless you start out on 6-string, in my opinion it takes more concentration than a 5 or 4.
    Kind regards,

  15. Thanks for the video, it was very helpful. Have you ever played a six string bass guitar? What do you think of a six string bass?

  16. BassLessonsOnline

    Numerous former students of mine started on a 5 because that is what they were most interested in. They are all doing fine and to my knowledge and observation have not been disadvantaged by their decisions. So I hope you will do just as well too.
    Bass of Luck!

  17. I'm starting out on a 5 string. I figured if i started out on a 4 and moved to a 5 my brain and hands wouldnt be used to the extra string and it might inhibit ny ability to use the insturment to its fullest. Hopefully i'll do alright

  18. yes this did help thanks george

  19. BassLessonsOnline

    The C string should be ca. 30 gauge. Is that what you got? Any thinner, and it will sound too thin; any thicker, and it may snap.
    Is it possible that you shortened the vibrating string length by only pushing the saddle forward? Ideally you should adjust the saddle height in conjunction with the string length.
    I hope this helps. If not, send me an email.

  20. standered EADGC

  21. BassLessonsOnline

    Please let me know what tuning you want, from low to high, i.e. thick to thin strings.

  22. i have a 5 string ibanez and i tried to replace the low b with a c so i moved all the stings up a spot and put the c where the g was and the c string was so tight but yet it was still flat so i adjusted the bridge and the string snapped do you have any advice?

  23. BassLessonsOnline

    There is no "wrong". However, what works now may be limiting further possibilities.

  24. i like to look at the finger board when i play i set it on my lap face up and use a pick. i think imn pretty good when it comes to songs without chords. i have been told by my teachers that im wrong but this is so much easier for me. any thoughts on this?

  25. BassLessonsOnline

    That's a matter of musical opinion. Many songs that use a 5 string can be modified for a 4-string bass.

  26. BassLessonsOnline

    According to your description, the bass may be tuned too flat (making the strings floppy) and/or it needs a setup. Ask someone knowledgeable in the store to make sure the bass is tuned and set up properly. (It should be if they want to sell it.)
    Kind regards,

  27. there's this used 5 string at a store that i am interested in but i have a few concerns. the strings are pretty floppy and they slap pretty easily. and there also is some fret buzz. i am wondering if that's because its not set up properly or if it because its a 5 string and its like that becuase of the heavier strings and the string spacing. any help would be appreciated

  28. BassLessonsOnline

    Yes, I have done that many times. Just get a C string. Make sure you adjust the neck, action and intonation once the bass is tuned E to C.
    I wish you many happy sounds and new discoveries.

  29. is it possible to purchase strings for a 6 string and put the high c string on instead of the low b on a 5 string for a higher note range? would that work?

  30. BassLessonsOnline

    I'm glad you appreciate.
    Thanks and kind regards,

  31. BassLessonsOnline

    Thanks for your great response, Rich.

  32. first thing,is 5sb comfortable for your hand? go to a music store try one. 2nd,what (who) do you want to sound like? (the bass players that influence you) If it's really what you want, Neither is harder or easier, it's not even different, so if you are asking about it,GO FOR IT!
    switching from 4sb to 5sb and back & forth is not a big deal.
    Get comfortable with the instrument you choose. Practice is work (but enjoyment together). (playing 4&5sb since 1978) loving every minute of it

  33. good…..!!! I like…!!

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