Essential Secrets 58: Buy a Bass You Love
Buy a Bass Your Love
Feeling Inspired Every Time You Play
One of the joys of playing music is having an instrument you love. When you are proud of your bass, you will be more inspired to play it, you’ll spend more time practicing each day, and you’ll want to take it out of its case just to see it.
You don’t have to go out and purchase a top-of-the-line, world-renowned instrument. That could cost you many thousands of dollars. But, you need a bass that’s high quality and that has great tone. Get the absolute best you can afford within your budget. There are many outstanding choices.
Try to avoid being stuck with a beginner level bass. Many are not very well made, and they’re virtually unplayable. These instruments don’t stay in tune, and they are impossible to repair because of the inferior materials used to build them. Playing a cheaply made bass is frustrating and can stop you from improving. You can actually develop bad habits by using too much force and tension to physically manipulate a poor quality instrument.
Whether you buy a new or used bass, look for highly respected brands and search for these qualities:
· Stays in tune across its entire range.
· Neck feels good in your left hand.
· String action isn’t too high.
· Nice tone in low, middle, and high registers.
· Volume and tone even across all the strings.
· Sounds good when played quietly or loudly.
· Is well-balanced when you wear a guitar strap.
There’s one other, elusive quality to search for. You want to enjoy looking at your bass and feel honored to play it. It’s a lot like being in love. You should want to show off this instrument to your friends and family.
When your bass is your prized possession, you will want to spend as much time as possible with it. Ten minutes a day will seem unfair. You’ll be inspired to play more than ever before.
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THE TEN MINUTE
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