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Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 19
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 - 1:04 pm:   Edit Post

OK - it's been a little over a month since I received my Spyder.

After logging some playing time with it both seated and standing almost every day, I am surprised to discover that I have "suddenly" become used to its overall size and slightly unorthodox body shape. What was at first a little intimidating and uncomfortable (due to years of playing on more "conventional" body shapes) has now become comfortable.

I attribute much of this to an adjustment to my technique. Over the last two weeks, I have started to develop the "typewriter" tapping style with my right hand - striking the strings on the fretboard, roughly between the 18th and 22nd frets.

This technique has allowed me to retain a ringing, harmonic-laden tone while reducing the treble on both the bass and the amp. Reducing treble also reduces unwanted "pops" and other annoying finger noises, as well as amp hiss.

Rethinking my technique has also allowed me to reposition my right arm slightly so that it now rests comfortably on the upper edge of the bass - which improves my posture and makes the Spyder feel even more balanced when standing.

I realize that this technique is standard practice for many here, but finally accomplishing it has been a bit of a revelation for me as its successful execution has been a bit elusive prior to playing an Alembic.

Lessons learned:

Tone may start with the fingers and in the mind, but an equal and necessary component of the tone equation is a responsive, well-designed instrument that encourages players to explore different techniques by rewarding them with the expected results.

And - growth frequently occurs as a result of being nudged out of our comfort zones.
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Username: georgie_boy

Post Number: 1050
Registered: 8-2005
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 10:25 am:   Edit Post

I play like that on all my basses 95% of the time, unless I need a specific tone from further back towards the bridge

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Username: serialnumber12

Post Number: 1000
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 3:17 pm:   Edit Post

Username: 5a_quilt_top

Post Number: 20
Registered: 6-2012
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 - 11:45 am:   Edit Post

I never thought I'd want a tattoo...

But, after seeing THAT, I might have to make an exception!

What a way to get to post #1,000, BTW.
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Username: terryc

Post Number: 1985
Registered: 11-2004
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 - 12:56 pm:   Edit Post

Have been thinking about getting the logo as ink myself but I have never got a round to it!
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Username: rraymond

Post Number: 389
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Friday, September 14, 2012 - 9:41 pm:   Edit Post

Well then, here you go...



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