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    Hi can someone tell me if the newer ubasses with the built in tuner\ eq\ saddle upgrade have sorted intonation? I would like to get one but if its still hit and miss I'll probably go for older fretless model as its cheaper. Thanks in advance for any advice

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    Am considering a Ubass. Attended a workshop this weekend at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway conducted by professional bassist Steve Boisen. His guidance is basically:
    1. All the hollowbody Ubasses sound alike, so don't pay extra for solid woods unless you have to have the look.
    2. Insure you get a model with a Hipshot tuner as the others are part plastic and likely to break.
    3. There's a string installation video on YouTube. Follow it as the strings are far more difficult to install than they look.
    4. Steve likes the Pahoehoe strings as he feels the Thunderguts are a little "sticky"
    5. Biggest mistake beginning Ubassers make is picking the strings too aggressively. Just barely need to "pick" them with the fingertip.
    6. A beginning bassist should avoid the fretless models because it will be harder for them to master. Finger placement on the fretting hand will be far more "critical" than on a fretted bass.

    Well, that about exhaust my newly gained knowledge on the subject..
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    I concur with all the points above. On more than one occasion I've told bass players who are trying out the uBass "it's not a slap bass" as they tend to snap the strings as opposed to setting them in motion to vibrate at first. Maybe because the string tension is more loose when compared to a standard scale electric bass?

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    I've been playing bass for our mob for about a year.

    One caution with playing for groups is that without a drum to keep the beat, I found the other players often slow down to follow the bass and we end up in a weird spiral of them slowing and me trying to keep or work the tempo back up to where we started. They've got better (as have I!) but I often found it a good idea to not let the notes ring but to dampen them into shorter notes with clear rests between, just to keep the tempo running.

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    Good advice as many small uke groups have no drums. Thanks for sharing that.

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    Honestly, if you're playing bass with no drums (regardless of your gigging situation), you just need to be confident in your time-keeping; you're driving that bus. With players that aren't as skilled or experienced, any time you start playing on the "back" of the beat, you're going to have them slow down (and opposite with playing "on top of" the beat). In that situation, I play as close to standard as possible, and then use the other two things to help "right the ship" when people are dragging or speeding up.
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    Some good stuff here. Hope I learn to fully comprehend it as a new bass player.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harryink View Post
    ... but I often found it a good idea to not let the notes ring but to dampen them into shorter notes with clear rests between, just to keep the tempo running.
    The rests between the notes are important too. Try playing very short notes sometime (staccato) and listen as others join in the rhythm.

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    I got the new eMedia Bass Method v 2.0 for my birthday and am hoping for the best. Amazing features. Use a mic on your computer and it gives you feedback on your temp, tuning, on key, use with our without metronome, backing, etc. Like having a private instructor you can start and stop at will.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V8QK_SzC8GM

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