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I've been a bass player for five years. Casual, not professional, mainly at church.
I've slowly lost much of the use of my left hand due to an old neck injury. It's hard to fret a bass when you can't feel your fingers or know where they are on the board.
I can play most bass parts on a keyboard, but it's not as much fun as a regular bass. Some sort of Stick looks way more like what I want. But, I don't want to shell out $2,000 or so on something I've never played.
Is there anyone in the northern California area (I'm in Vacaville) willing to spend a few hours with me so that I can have a hand-on introduction to a Stick?
Also, any other advice on a good instrument choice?


Tue Jun 20, 2017 9:21 pm
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I can't give you much help with trying one out but I can say that you can usually find something pretty interesting on ebay!

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Robert Macaulay wrote:
I've been a bass player for five years. Casual, not professional, mainly at church.
I've slowly lost much of the use of my left hand due to an old neck injury. It's hard to fret a bass when you can't feel your fingers or know where they are on the board.
I can play most bass parts on a keyboard, but it's not as much fun as a regular bass. Some sort of Stick looks way more like what I want. But, I don't want to shell out $2,000 or so on something I've never played.
Is there anyone in the northern California area (I'm in Vacaville) willing to spend a few hours with me so that I can have a hand-on introduction to a Stick?
Also, any other advice on a good instrument choice?


Hi Robert,

Most people who play bass and guitar are surprised at how easy tapping with their right hand on the melody side of the Stick is. I believe it has to do with two things:

1. Your right hand is already used to "phrasing" as it articulates the strings you play o the bass, and
2. The tuning actually fits the shape of the hand better than it does for the left hand on bass and guitar.

So if you want to continue in the bass role, I'd suggest getting an SB8 in the normal 4ths tuning. The low action and light touch would make it easier to continue to use your left hand if you wanted, or, you could simply tap out everything with your right hand.

There is a tuning which shows this facility for the right hand already, called the Dual Bass Reciprocal tuning. With this tuning you have an extended bass tuning for the right hand in 4ths as well as the Sticks normal inverted 5ths bass tuning. You can see it in action here:



For your situation, you don't need the left hand Stick chords, so the SB8 would actually do the job very nicely.

more about the SB8 here:

http://stick.com/instruments/sb8/

Hope that's helpful.

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Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:40 am
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The_Afro_Circus wrote:
I can't give you much help with trying one out but I can say that you can usually find something pretty interesting on ebay!

Thanks for the links. I've been browsing on-line for used Sticks, and there are some SB8 options out there.


Thu Jul 06, 2017 12:51 pm
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Hi Robert,

Most people who play bass and guitar are surprised at how easy tapping with their right hand on the melody side of the Stick is. I believe it has to do with two things:

1. Your right hand is already used to "phrasing" as it articulates the strings you play o the bass, and
2. The tuning actually fits the shape of the hand better than it does for the left hand on bass and guitar.

So if you want to continue in the bass role, I'd suggest getting an SB8 in the normal 4ths tuning. The low action and light touch would make it easier to continue to use your left hand if you wanted, or, you could simply tap out everything with your right hand.

There is a tuning which shows this facility for the right hand already, called the Dual Bass Reciprocal tuning. With this tuning you have an extended bass tuning for the right hand in 4ths as well as the Sticks normal inverted 5ths bass tuning. You can see it in action here:

For your situation, you don't need the left hand Stick chords, so the SB8 would actually do the job very nicely.

more about the SB8 here:

http://stick.com/instruments/sb8/

Hope that's helpful.[/quote]

Thanks, Greg, that's very helpful. I've looked quite a bit at the SB8 and the NS Stick. I like the look of the NS, but the SB8 looks more practical. The bass tuning options info is very helpful.


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