Not quite...but pretty close. While the Jamstik has a traditional 6 string guitar format, it's still a useful MIDI controller for bass players who want to get their music into a MIDI format with minimal fuss using a stringed instrument setup.
Continue on to see how the Jamstik works as a controller for bass players and why the Jamstik is helpful for bassists transitioning to playing traditional 6-string guitar. Plus, have fun learning some iconic bass lines you can play using the Jamstik! (Scroll down)
Since the Jamstiks are entirely digital, you can make them sound like any instrument you want, including bass. Plus, the Jamstik apps and software have both bass tuning settings and instrument sound fonts available. There are also plenty of great bass instrument patches available in apps and DAWs like GarageBand and Logic Pro. Keep in mind that the Jamstik will be tuned to 6-string bass rather than a traditional 4 string.
Cool, but I'm looking for a dedicated Bass MIDI Controller...
We do not currently have a project in our development pipelines, but a MIDI Bass guitar controller is a very popular request, so our team is definitely considering building a dedicated bass version as a future project. If you'd like to give us your input and sign up for notifications related to a bass MIDI guitar, please feel free to participate in our Future Projects Survey here.
Want to make the transition from playing bass guitar to playing traditional guitar? For players who grew up learning bass, Jamstik is also an awesome learning tool for mastering the basic guitar chords and scales with the Jamstik companion teaching apps & software for iOS, Mac and Google Chrome.
Check out these awesome riffs you can learn and play on the Jamstik! They were tabbed out using online music notation software from flat.io — which is a great resource for guitar students, teachers, and experienced players alike!
1. Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
2. Another One Bites the Dust — by Queen
3. Feel Good Inc. — by Gorillaz
4. Killing in the Name of Love — by Rage Against the Machine
5. Longview — by Green Day
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Exploring the world of iOS music production? Look no further than GeoShred—a highly expressive and creative software instrument housed in a sleek iOS app. Its high-quality sound selection and versatile external MIDI support make it a perfect companion app for your Jamstik!