EXPOSED… Top 5 Beginner Bass Myths – YT156

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Hey, James here…

The tuner now stays clipped to my headstock much of the time and now I don’t need to carry around a pedal tuner and all the extra cabling.Back in 2016 when I first started eBassGuitar I can still clearly remember one of the first ever comments I got one of my videos on Facebook:

It said “Sorry man, I just can’t take you seriously with that clip on tuner on your bass”

I can only guess the viewer must have felt a ‘real bass player’ wouldn’t use a clip on tuner… so in his eyes I clearly lacked experience and credibility.  

Now here’s the thing I’d only discovered a clip on tuner about a year before. I was working on a show with a professional band and Ben the guitarist told me you’ve got to check out these tuners - they’re so much easier!

Ben works with the legendary 80s band Go West and has played on countless West End Shows - it’s safe to say he knows what he’s doing. 

Up until this point I too had always thought clip on tuners could never be as good as a good as my Boss TU2 in line pedal tuner… so why on earth would I buy one?

The show was in London and in between the Matinee and evening show we wandered over to Denmark Street (a road full of music shops) and bought my first Snark Tuner.

I tried it that night on the show and was blown away by how simple and above all accurate it was…

Much simpler and just as good.

The reality is there is so much BS like this in the bass world… and having been in this game the best part of several decades it’s easy to spot.

So in today’s lesson I’m going to ‘expose’ my Top 5 Bass Myths which I have heard time and time again over the years… which quite frankly are nonsense and could ultimately be holding you back and making playing the bass far more complex that it needs to be.

Anyway, I’m off to tune my bass with my trusty Snark Tuner with the hope the ‘Bass Police’ don’t catch me 😉

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