Annoying clicking sound, help!

Annoying clicking sound, help!

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Raise your action. Wes – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – > Hi everybody, > When I’m playing fingerstyle on my Fender standard P-bass, I get lots of > clicking > and popping sounds from the strings hitting the frets. It doesn’t happen when I > play with a pick. Does anyone have any tips for correcting this problem? > Thanks! > Mike B.

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Have ya’ tried Polident?

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Hi everybody, When I’m playing fingerstyle on my Fender standard P-bass, I get lots of clicking and popping sounds from the strings hitting the frets. It doesn’t happen when I play with a pick. Does anyone have any tips for correcting this problem? Thanks! Mike B.

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I would guess it is either pickup height (try to move your fingers away from directly above the pickup if that’s where they are) or perhaps you need a neck adjustment? There’s a good chiropractor in the book….. Steve

– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> Hi everybody, > When I’m playing fingerstyle on my Fender standard P-bass, I get lots of > clicking > and popping sounds from the strings hitting the frets. It doesn’t happen when I > play with a pick. Does anyone have any tips for correcting this problem? > Thanks! > Mike B.

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> Hi everybody, > When I’m playing fingerstyle on my Fender standard P-bass, I get lots of > clicking > and popping sounds from the strings hitting the frets. It doesn’t happen when I > play with a pick. Does anyone have any tips for correcting this problem? > Thanks!

When you play with a pick you’re striking the strings with a pendulum type motion going more perpendicular to the strings. My guess is that when you play fingerstyle, you’re hitting the strings in more of a downward motion towards the pickups instead of across. Let me know if this makes sense. I wrote up a post a while back about two of the main fingerstyle techniques, and I think I still have it so I could send it to you if you like. Adam

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at least your on the right track by playing a Fender. f

– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> Hi everybody, > When I’m playing fingerstyle on my Fender standard P-bass, I get lots of > clicking > and popping sounds from the strings hitting the frets. It doesn’t happen when I > play with a pick. Does anyone have any tips for correcting this problem? > Thanks! > Mike B.

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I sometimes have the same problem. I think it is a matter of technique. Adam is likely correct in his observation that you, like me, are probably playing with too much downward force against the strings when playing fingerstyle. I notice it particularly when I play my acoustic bass (Washburn AB-25), perhaps because it is a bit more responsive in the high frequency range. It also has a bit less neck relief that my solid body basses and that may be a contributing factor, but I still think it is mostly technique. — Scott Bassett Bass Player – The Bare Assets Jazz Quartet www.lawyersplayjazz.com

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I’ll second Adam’s theory. I think you might need to raise your action a little bit, or play with a lighter touch if you want to get rid of the clicking. Ari – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> Hi everybody, > When I’m playing fingerstyle on my Fender standard P-bass, I get lots of > clicking > and popping sounds from the strings hitting the frets. It doesn’t happen when I > play with a pick. Does anyone have any tips for correcting this problem? > Thanks! > Mike B.

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I think Fieldy has a similar problem…. hehe ShawnRC

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>I think Fieldy has a similar problem…. hehe >ShawnRC

Among many others. Edward G. ‘It’s not a gang; it’s a club.’

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I was just about to say the exact same thing, lol. That guy actually *enhances* the clicking sound by miking his cab at the horn, too! – Hide quoted text — Show quoted text – > I think Fieldy has a similar problem…. hehe > ShawnRC

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Your likely playing to hard slamming the string against the frets. Adjust your playing technique.

– Hide quoted text — Show quoted text -> I would guess it is either pickup height (try to move your fingers away from > directly above the pickup if that’s where they are) or perhaps you need a > neck adjustment? There’s a good chiropractor in the book….. > Steve > Hi everybody, > When I’m playing fingerstyle on my Fender standard P-bass, I get lots of > clicking > and popping sounds from the strings hitting the frets. It doesn’t happen > when I > play with a pick. Does anyone have any tips for correcting this problem? > Thanks! > Mike B.

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