The Top Five Notes on My Bass Guitar
Editor: Mr. Sawyer-Dickhoff has been playing bass guitar for a little over a year, ever since he visited the Experience Music Project and did that hands-on exhibit where you learn how to play some two-note Beatles bass line. He bought himself Yamaha and a little amp, and quickly discovered that the bottom third of the notes caused highly satisfying vibrations. Ahem. Two weeks later he was an expert.
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5) G. This is played by striking the smallest open string, the one farthest away from you. You bang on this a lot if your song is in D. It's pretty high and squirrely for a bass note, so it won't make your pants leg flap as much. Hence the low ranking.
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4) B. If you're gonna play something in the key of E, you're gonna have to eventually play that B note. This requires "fretting" this note. Pain in the ass, we know, but this music shit involves sacrifices. We have also heard tales of open B strings on 5 string basses. But those instruments have gotta be either for prog rock or jazz fusion. So Fuck. That. Shit.