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Old 30th July 2020
Originally Posted by Mendocino beano View Post
Somebody mentioned the folded up toilet paper thing under the strings - another way to achieve this is lightly palm muting right on top of where the strings break over the bridge. Really evens everything out, but yes it changes the tone a bit, but I actually prefer it for my style. Compression on the way in helps.

Finger picking on bass requires a lot of control to keep the level even. If you can play with a pick, and combine with the palm muting right over the bridge, it will even things out a lot. Again this technique is totally different from finger picking and produces a different tone but you may find that you like it, it might be worth a shot, depending on the style of music I guess.

I have been playing bass this way for a long time and have not had much practice playing with my fingers, so when I do, the same thing happens to me - huge discrepancy in the volume of fingerpicked notes. For me it’s a lot easier to keep everything at the right level with the palm muted picked technique.
I have a client who is into this real dark sounding retro 50's style bass, he does a lot of 50's style music. He plays a 57 Precision and he has so much muffling the bass doesn't even intonate at all, but he loves the sound, it's more than a little nuts.
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