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    Just listening to it now and really quite like it. The track 'No other feeling' reminds slightly of Rainy Milo. Thanks for the recommendation.
  2. Just sell what you don't need. Lots of people get GAS and end up with about 200 basses, most being bought because they liked the colour that day or they had a crap day at the office and wanted something to cheer them up. I find it's refreshing to have a clear out, but beforehand I always have the feeling that I will miss them for one reason or another, but I never do. It's an illusion. And once they're sold I never give them a second thought. For each bass you should ask yourself if this was the only bass you had, would you be content? If the answer is NO, get rid. For the OP. I would put it to one side for a while.
  3. You've cut down your range of choice by a significant percentage then. I doubt that there is many, if any, company that has an unblemished human rights record when you dig down through the supply chains, whatever BS they give you about their corporate ethics. I would go for a Harley Benton because they're inexpensive and I've never found a reason not to recommend one.
  4. This? https://apps.apple.com/us/app/notes-sight-reading-trainer/id874386416
  5. One exercise I do is to set the metronome to something like 13/4, but have it so that only the 1st beat is audible. Start off at a tempo of 90 and play a note when you think the 1st beat is, so you have to train your internal sense of rhythm to guess where each pulse is. In another exercise you can try guessing the 3rd and 12th beat. Or decrease the tempo. You can also try playing each of the standard basic building-block sudivisions such as these, but play the same one on each beat for several measures. After you've learnt them and got the timing right, play each one randomly when you're jamming. Hope it helps.
  6. Incredible value for money, so I bought the B650 and B450 too.
  7. If you can't hear intervals that well, so what. People aren't born knowing them, and it often takes work to become good. It's something that you can gradually improve upon. Think baby steps, then there's no mountain to climb. Personally I don't aim to be the best bassist there is because it's never going to happen and it's not important anyway, I just aim to become the best that I can and to enjoy myself along the way. The problem with a lot of people is that it's always tempting to compare with someone else (don't take too much notice of social media, kids. Full of fake and carefully pruned lives), and they feel demotivated because there is always someone 'better'.You may see people who seem to be good, but you won't see all the hard work and pain that they've gone through to get there, and it can give the impression as if it's come naturally to them. Good luck.
  8. It's not. I didn't say that it's complicated. I said it's more complicated compared to 4 string. Big difference, except to some. Whereas Doddy says "I also don't think that it particularly complicates the navigation of the fingerboard. Once you've spent a bit of time learning the notes on the added strings there's not much extra thinking involved.". Ah that's OK then, so there is no added complication when playing a 6 string compared to a 4 string? Nope, because Doddy reassures me that: "At least nothing that an hour or two in the practice room learning the notes won't sort out.". Wow, that was quick!! Otherwise it shows that his understanding of the fretboard leaves a lot to be desired, and which perfectly explains his views. Anyone unfortunate to read Doddy's guide to the 6 string for advice is going to be very misinformed.
  9. Well that's one reason why I chose unlined.
  10. So I would be better using a fretwrap rather than trying to become the best I can be at muting. Fair enough.
  11. I didn't say that either. 🤦‍♂️
  12. I prefer to go higher rather than lower to avoid bending the wrist on my fretting hand, and tilt the neck at 45 degrees so that my plucking hand is kept as straight as possible. I'm not in the game to look cool, but to keep playing as long as I can without health issues.
  13. I prefer not to use 'crutches' because I think muting should come from the player. The only time I think they come in handy is for tapping or slapping, but I don't go there.
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