I haven't seen this anywhere so I hope this isn't a waste. A simple question has plagued my mind since I started playing bass... does it matter where you strum? A lot of people strum close to where the strings end toward the bottom of the bass. However, I strum close to where the fretboard ends. I am always looking at ways to play faster or better so is there any reason to play closer to the bottom? Am I hurting my playing by strumming higher?
Any help is appreciated. Plus, strumming to the bottom looks more metal but I won't switch if that's the only reason.
Whether I'm using a pick or fingers, I move my picking position all over the place. Closer to the neck you get a warmer, fatter sound, but with more string rattle, strings feel looser. Closer to the bridge you get a tighter, brighter sound, strings feel tighter and I find it's easier to play fast, and do quick start/stops closer to the bridge.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtqy4DTHGqg]YouTube - Black Sabbath - War Pigs (Live in Paris 1970)[/VIDEO]
A classic example of the warm, fat, closer to the neck sound.
[VIDEO]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNdS77YNkAY]YouTube - Green Day - Longview (Live In The Alley 1997) 4OF7[/VIDEO]
Punchier, picked closer to the bridge
I find I can do a LOT with my bass tone without having to change a single knob or switch, just by adjusting where I'm picking, how hard I'm picking, etc.