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Bass Lesson — How to use delay bass tabs

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(submitted by just3boyz)
This tab illustrates the basic properties of delay pedals.
Although delay is not a common effect on bass,
it can actually be very cool in the right places.

# — regular note
(#) — note produced by delay pedal.

Many Delay Pedals vary from brand to brand,
But most of them have these three knobs:

1) Effect Level(EL)
2) Feedback (FB)
3) Delay Time (DT)

*The knobs may have different names but they still will have these functions*

1) Effect level (El) dictates how loud the effect is vs. your dry signal.
(the dry signal is whatever you are playing — not the effect)

If your (EL) is low, the delay will be subtle.
The more you turn up the (EL) the delay will become more and more present.
If you turn it up all the way, you will get only the delay signal.
(this sounds really cool with pedals that have reverse delay)

2) Feedback (FB) dictates how long the effect will repeat.

if you have the (FB) set low, you will get this:

|1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a |1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a |

if you have the (FB) set high, you will get this:

|1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a |1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a |

*It's generally not a good idea to set the (FB) all the way up*
*It will make the delay repeat forever and probably cause feedback*

3) Delay Time (DT) dictates how long the span of time is between each delayed note.
this is how you dictate the tempo of your Delay.

ex) 40 bpm vs. 220 bpm and and anything in between or outside.

*some delays have a tap tempo function which does the same thing*
(i actually prefer the tap tempo function — more control in my opinion)

you can also use (DT) to dictate if the delay is set to 1/2 notes, 1/4 note, etc.

here's what i mean:

|whole note delay| |1/2 note delay |1/4 note delay |
|1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |

|1/8 note delay |1/16 note delay |
|1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a |1 e + a 2 e + a 3 e + a 4 e + a |

I hope this tab has been helpful.
If anyone wwould like me to dive further into this subject,
please message me.
and please give me constructive criticism.

—Connor Larkin
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