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GutBucketeer Washtub Bass: What kind of string & why? (150* d) RE: Washtub Bass: What kind of string & why? 27 Mar 08

Mick. Thank you kindly.

For samples I just uploaded 2 new songs from Wednesday Night. I was helping Steve Capozzola out at a local Songwriters Jam. He is an amazing song writer.

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I still find weedwacker string to be too stretchy to provide any control, or range. If you want to spend the money on a real bass string get the thomastik-infeld super flexible (woven steel core) g string. Other bass strings break too quickly. If you don't then use a bicycle dérailleur cable (not a brake cable).

I don't play with gloves, and have never had a problem, but I use a cross brace across the bottom. This makes the pole more upright and reduces stress on the fingers.

After all that, I just want to stress, that there is no right or wrong answer here. Experiment with things until you find something that works for you. And, don't listen to anyone that says that the tub is limited to just playing the 1 and the 5, or beating the string like its some sort of percussion instrument.


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