I am going to need you to take a seat, because what I am going to give you right now is heavy and, unless you have been doing a lot of weight lifting lately, will be uncomfortable to play for an extended period of time. The news might come as a surprising bag of bricks, but the 6 string bass exists, and it is in every way much more complicated to play than the five string or the four string bass. It is much more complicated than the non bass electric guitar, whether it be 6 or 7 strings, because of the specifics that come with playing bass. Heavy strings and strong sound, extremely wide fretboard and heavy build of the 6 string bass guitar make it an instrument only the bravest and the most skillful will attempt to play and succeed in playing it well. This is not to discourage you though, only to act as a fair warning. Now that you know that you will be having a heavy problem weighing you down, both physically and spiritually, and since you are still willing to deal with this hardship, I would like to introduce you to what potentially will be the love of your life. The best 6 string bass guitars are instruments of immense power, ones that require commitment that is physical, mental and spiritual. My friend, who actually has one of these beasts, says that the funk demands more than you are able to give, since funk is infinite, it demands 6 strings and it demands constant play. Which is why he is in love with his 6 string bass: despite the complicated relationship of constant attention and practice, the ability to play the funkiest solos and tunes gives him all the reason he needs to adore the instrument. The successful musician, one of which you might be, will find the 6 string bass guitar to be one of the greatest assets to his collection.
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Top 5 Best 6 String Bass Guitars
|1||Schecter Stiletto Studio-6 Electric Bass||(5 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|2||Ibanez Bass Workshop SRFF806BKS Multi-Scale||(5 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|3||Warwick Corvette Basic 6-String Active Electric Bass||(4.9 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|4||Dean Edge 6-String Bass||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
|5||Ibanez GSR206SMNGT GIO||(4.8 / 5)||Check on Amazon|
The 6 string bass guitar serves as the alternative to the 5 string bass guitar, for those who find that the 5 string is too limited in the range it has. It is common for the 5th string on a five string bass to extend into the lower register of the tones, while in some guitars the fifth string is used to extend into the higher tones, but it remains that the 5 stringer can only handle of the two. The six string bass guitar spits in the face of limits though and extends the range of the instrument into both the high and the low registers with each extra added string. This means that you can travel up and down the spines of your listeners with shivers that you can induce through some of the most drastic and beautiful transitions from one register to the other. This also means that you have a big responsibility, since you know, you get all that power. You need to learn how to actually creatively utilize this extended range without becoming overbearing. Yes such versatility means that you should not be limited, but limiting yourself might sometimes produce the better result. Whichever path you choose, I hope you find the time spent studying and playing this instrument to be as enjoyable as I find the music played on it.
My first interaction with the 6 string bass was on television, back when television was still the main source of entertainment in a household, back when booting up the internet meant listening to an atrocious sound being made and you’d have to tell everyone not to use the phone. My grandfather had fallen asleep in front of the set, and I had been left alone with the remote to roam the tele-space. I ended up on some music channel or the other and had to pause so that I could ask my sleeping grandfather, and consequently without an answer, myself, what the instrument being played was. Thankfully the announcer found it appropriate to announce the musician and the instrument, and that I had been lucky enough to hear Victor Wooten perform one of his sons on a 6 string bass guitar. It was fascinating to observe the mastery and skill with which his fingers traversed the fretboard, the way he picked them and the way he slapped them. Whatever he was playing was beyond my comprehension at the time, since my musical taste had yet to mature to a point where I could understand what a truly well crafted bass solo sounded like. Though I got to observe him play and that was all I needed to be hypnotized, as the 6 string bass had invaded my imagination to stay for a long time. I got to watch the best 6 string bass guitar player perform his piece on television and be introduced to the instrument in a manner that I would never forget. Late night television was truly the best. Except in about 7 minutes the song had ended, my grandpa had woken up and I had been chased off to bed. Still, something of a fond memory to live with now that I am an adult myself.