New practice tool: Crank the midrange

I’ve been doing lessons and practicing with the EQ on the amp flat and the volume controls and tone controls on the bass wide open. (Passive PJ)

Cranking the midrange on the amp EQ really highlights muting errors, string noise, unwanted noise, everything. If I can make it sound good with all that information, I’ll sound great when I EQ for pleasing tone.

I started doing this yesterday and I have a lot of work to do.

Try it!

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Use headphones as well, it brings out lots of stuff that the big flubby speaker in the cabinet hides :slight_smile:

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I practice with headphones almost all the time.

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I use headphones 99 out of 100 times. Really brings out your mistakes. Sometimes I am glad nobody else can hear😮

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I know that’s right! :grinning:

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I like that stuff hidden. Makes me feel good. :joy:

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LOL. I feel ya!

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This is one of those situations in which being married to a deaf person is a blessing. Only my dog can hear my mistakes, and she couldn’t care less :rofl:

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I also recommend using round wound strings. My bass came with flats—when I put on rounds about halfway through this course, they reveal several flaws in technique that flatwounds were masking.

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