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    Our local uke group used to have a regular bass guitar player but his work changed and he can rarely attend now. UAS meant the wife and I had bought a Countryman bass uke so I started playing about six weeks ago. It's really revitalized my interest in playing although mostly just root and 5th at present, and the group have been very complimentary so far. To help me practice I play and sing the song normally and record it on my phone, then play it back while I work out the bass line, making notes on the song sheets where needed.

    Amp-wise I wanted something versatile so I got a Laney AH40. It has multiple inputs so I can set up mic, uke, backing track etc.. and has plenty of power for the small village halls and nursing homes we generally play.
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    I'm very new to music generally, even more so to Ukes. I started learning guitar about a year ago, then in March this year I came across my local uke group, the Ayrshire Ukulele Clan. I've always liked the bass, so I got myself a Caramel bass uke. I already had a Rocket Music ADB40 bass amp, which is fine for rehearsal and small gigs. I'm learning rapidly, and the feedback from my fellow ukers has been tremendously positive. I'm having a great time ������

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    I play bass at my uke club. Started with a U-Bass, then sold that to get an Ohana fretless bass ukulele, which now mostly hangs on my wall since I bought a Hofner Contemporary HCT-500/1. I guess I have a case of Bass Acquisition Syndrome, as I also just bought a Fender Mustang PJ. Now I can't decide which bass to bring to our meetings, except when we have Beatles Night...then the choice is easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by katysax View Post
    I know there are at least two of us and must be more here on UU who regularly accompany uke groups using our u-basses. Please comment in this thread if you are a uke group u-bass player.

    Currently I am accompanying four ukulele jam groups that meet regularly. One of those groups also does some gigs and has additional rehearsals. I'm not really a bass player, and I've had no training on bass at all. My bass playing derived from being a guitar player who knew the notes on the fretboard.

    It seems to me that playing uke bass with uke groups is a somewhat specialized kind of bass playing. It's sort of akin to playing bluegrass bass. My style is heavily influenced by bluegrass jams I've attended to play bass. My playing involves too much root/five and I'm trying to branch out and to try new rhythm patterns. The key though for us uke types is to fit in and not overpower or throw off the group.

    I have never played uke or bass with a uke group, but I do play my ukulele with rock, funk, blues, etc, both acoustic as well as electric.
    I also play a bit of bass.

    If you want to expand your bass skills, practice your major and minor pentatonic scales. Practice with a metronome. Practice you major and minor pentatonic scales. Practice with a metronome. Once you get yourself well versed in those, your ears and your sense of the music will tell you what will sound good for the ensemble and songs you're playing.
    BUT,,, don't be afraid of 1 & 5. Coloring your line is great, but bass players have survived for millions of years on a steady diet of 1 & 5.
    Remember that being a good bass player is more about rhythm, so if you want to be more solid and interesting, work on the sharpness in your timing, both in your right hand and in the way your left hand supports and affects the rhythm.

    Practice you major and minor pentatonic scales. Practice with a metronome.
    Also learn other people's bass lines. Even if you don't remember them two days later, playing other people's lines will build your understanding of how bass works.


    For acoustic or lower volume situations, I play through a Roland Cube 30 Bass. for the size and price, it has a pretty darn good sound, at lower and higher volumes. It has some cool effects onboard too.
    My U-Bass is a Kala Rumbler, I also play a Fender (MIM) Jazz fretless and a mid-80's Peavy Dyna Bass. Though I don't think I'd play the Dyna with a uke group

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    So, if I understand correctly, you're saying, practice your major and minor pentatonic scales. Practice with a metronome?
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    Sopranos: 1st uke, Lanikai soprano LU-11 - Aquilas | 30's Martin style 0 - Martins | Fender Piha'eu - Worth Browns | Lanikai banjolele - Fremont Blacklines
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    I've had two bouts with cancer, a good attitude always helps. Just as an aside since this thread has come back, here is a shot of my basses, all between 21 to 24" scale, many I've modified from 3/4 guitars or from Rondomusic.com Hadean solid body bass ukes.

    Last edited by kohanmike; 06-09-2017 at 06:42 AM.


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    ^^^WOW, Mike! No wonder there's a string shortage!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I've had two bouts with cancer, a good attitude always helps. Just as an aside since this thread has come back, here is a shot of my basses, all between 21 to 24" scale, many I've modified from 3/4 guitars or from Rondomusic.com Hadean solid body bass ukes.

    Oh man, that Green SG though!! If you ever wanna sell that thing you let me know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    ^^^WOW, Mike! No wonder there's a string shortage!
    which brings up the question, what are your favorite strings?
    Just Play

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    Concerts: Kanile'a K-2 CP - Living Water | Islander AC-4 - Living Water
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benjolele View Post
    Oh man, that Green SG though!! If you ever wanna sell that thing you let me know.
    I had that made in China a couple of months ago for $285, but it's not as nice as it looks, the pickup is DOA so I bought another one that I still have to get it installed, and they took a normal size neck and just cut the down the body end, so it's wide and not proportional to a 22" scale.

    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDanno View Post
    Which brings up the question, what are your favorite strings?
    For my bass ukes with piezo under saddle pickups I prefer Road Toad Pahoehoe even though they take a long time to stretch,. For my mini electric basses with magnetic pickups, I now only use the LaBella custom 25" scale Deep Talkin' flatwound steel made exclusively for Gold Tone. But I'm actually going to try them on the Rondo solid body piezo I'm having painted just to see how well they will work.



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