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Start Your Journey! Vol.4 「ベースってどんな楽器?」| SCANDAL

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    Translation & Subtitles: thoseguiltyeyes | scandal-heaven.com
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    Hello, I'm SCANDAL's vocalist HARUNA.
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    I'm bassist TOMOMI.
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    "Start Your Journey!" is about conveying the appeal of guitars to those considering taking it up.
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    MAMI and I talked about guitars,
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    and this time TOMOMI is here.
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    -Thanks for having us!
    -Nice to meet you!
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    So, in this video we'll be talking about the electric bass.
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    Let's begin with what the bass is in the first place.
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    How would you answer if you were asked what the bass is?
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    The bass looks pretty similar to a guitar,
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    but if you look closely, you'll see that the number of strings are different.
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    The guitar has six strings while the bass only has four.
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    Also, its thickness is different.
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    The guitar is on the thin side.
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    The bass is thicker, so it produces a low sound.
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    Also, it plays a different role in bands.
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    The guitar essentially plays the melody,
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    and the bass plays chords
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    while playing the rhythm together with the drums as part of the rhythm section.
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    Those are the differences between the guitar and bass.
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    It says, "Which would you recommend for beginners, the guitar or the bass?"
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    Eh, which one?
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    But there are those who have done both.
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    In the very beginning when I was told by our dance school staff to try playing an instrument,
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    the guitar was the instrument I thought of,
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    so I first started playing the guitar.
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    Memorizing chords is the first huge step, right?
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    Compared to the guitar, you play more single notes on the bass rather than chords.
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    That's why the bass is better for those who might give up on the first day.
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    The first day, that is.
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    Meaning that they're able to produce sounds.
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    After a week,
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    you're like, "What should I do when practicing bass?"
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    You're primarily playing single notes when you practice solo,
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    and at first when you're playing, it's going to be like, "Du du du du du du,"
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    which is going to seem so boring.
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    When you're practicing alone, that is.
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    But on guitar, you're able to play a song after only memorizing three chords or so.
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    You can sing and play from the start.
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    That is a lot of fun.
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    That's why it's hard to recommend one over the other,
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    but there is a difference between the first day and the first week.
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    That's true.
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    What do you think is cool about each instrument?
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    Everything is cool about the guitar.
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    To put it simply, guitar solos.
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    It's like they're the star in the band.
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    That's something you admire.
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    It really stands out during concerts,
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    and it definitely feels great to play a solo while on top of a platform.
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    It does. You think it's really cool.
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    But respectively, the bass provides powerful support.
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    At first glance it seems a little inconspicuous,
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    but it's the bassist who supports the band's foundation.
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    That's what I think is cool.
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    That's true.
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    I never heard the sound of the bass before I was in the band.
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    -You never consciously heard it, you mean?
    -Right.
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    I would focus on the vocals.
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    But after I took up the bass, I started hearing the sound of bass,
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    and when I realized how it sounds when there is and isn't a bass,
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    I was like, "Ah, the bass is wonderful."
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    I think the job of the bass is to carry the song's groove.
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    I think that's really cool.
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    Like the guitar,
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    there's also an acoustic version of the bass that produces sound without needing an amp,
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    and an electric version that can plug into an amp to make loud sounds.
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    Those are the two types.
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    -The one you brought today is an electric bass.
    -Right.
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    It's my signature model.
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    It's a Precision Bass.
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    It's a bit complicated to explain,
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    but although it's a Precision Bass,
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    I customized the neck to have one meant for a Jazz Bass.
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    The one for the Jazz Bass is 4mm thinner than the Precision Bass one.
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    My hands aren't very big so it's easier for me to grip.
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    Also, the edges were cut to make it easier to hold.
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    That's what I most particular about.
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    I see.
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    So this customization might be highly recommended for people who are watching this video.
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    I totally recommend it.
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    Isn't it adorable?
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    It is.
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    My Precision Bass has two knobs here.
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    It's very simple and only has the volume and tone knobs.
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    You can make it louder, make it softer, and change the tone.
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    It's a very simple build with only those two knobs.
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    Something special about my signature model is the neck and how it's a little thicker here.
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    -That's why it makes a powerful sound.
    -I see.
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    It produces a solid, low-pitched sound.
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    That's why it's easy to convey the playing habits of the person playing it.
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    If someone talented plays it, they'll be like, "Wow, what is this sound!?"
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    That's also one of its merits.
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    [The Precision Bass] came out [before the Jazz Bass].
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    That's right; it came out in 1951.
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    Fender made the world's first electric bass, which is this model here.
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    1951 is the same year the Telecaster [guitar] came out.
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    It's a legendary year!
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    How exactly is it different from the Jazz Bass?
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    The Precision Bass looks a little like a Telecaster.
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    Ah, I see. Maybe so.
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    The Jazz Bass is asymmetrical in shape,
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    and is also said to be easy to play.
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    The Jazz Bass is easy to play.
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    As explained earlier, the neck is 4mm thinner,
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    which makes it easy for women with small hands to play.
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    Also, the pickups, which act as a microphone, are long and slender.
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    The pickups on the Jazz Bass are long and slender and are positioned differently than on my bass here.
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    That's why it's easy to make delicate sounds.
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    The widths here are a little different,
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    and there are more knobs too.
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    That's why you can make slightly more refined sounds with the bass itself.
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    Although it's a "Jazz Bass," it's not used for jazz lines.
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    That's right. It's an all-rounder.
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    It's a bass that can be used in many different settings.
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    Shall we get to playing it now?
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    -You can also play the bass with a pick...
    -You can.
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    -And you can also play with your fingers.
    -You can do that too.
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    I often use my fingers.
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    I use my pointer and middle finger to do so.
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    I put my thumb on this pickup and...
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    It's called two-finger playing.
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    This is the style I usually use.
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    There are times I use a pick,
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    and those are when we play punkish songs.
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    Playing with a pick gives it a more crisper sound and it sounds cool.
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    I think it's easier to convey nuances with your fingers
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    because the sound changes a bit depending on how you touch the strings.
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    Are there other playing styles aside from the two-finger one?
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    Aside from that, there's one like...
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    There's also a slap style where you pull on the strings.
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    There are many ways to play the bass.
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    -Slapping is cool.
    -It is.
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    You can also do a bass solo. which is similar to a guitar solo,
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    and I think there are a lot of people who slap the bass when they do so.
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    I see.
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    Now we'll be playing together.
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    We'll be playing our song "Mabataki."
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    First, you'll play a little bit of the phrase you play on bass.
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    And on top of that phrase I play this--
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    This is kind of awkward!
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    On top of that, I'll be using my Tele to play in the "palm mute" style.
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    That's the tone I'll be matching her playing with.
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    -I'm nervous.
    -You are?
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    -It feels awkward.
    -It does.
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    Okay, let's go.
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    And there you have it.
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    TOMO, what did you consider when buying your first bass?
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    I didn't know anything about musical instruments at first,
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    so I went to an instrument shop and asked the staff,
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    "I'm starting bass as of today. What should I get?"
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    They recommended a beginner's set that included everything.
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    It came with things like a bass and a tuner.
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    The set cost around 10,000 yen (~$100 USD).
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    But the bass was really small and the neck was thin.
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    I think it was easy to play when we first started out.
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    Did you consider the color?
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    I wasn't that concerned about it then.
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    The one I got had a sunburst finish on it.
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    I chose one that looked cool.
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    Earlier, you talked about the difference between day one of playing the bass and one week later.
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    You realize more and more how difficult it is.
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    Ways to keep going,
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    or tips to improve...
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    How do you put those into use?
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    I wonder.
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    Compared to when I first started out, I think there are now many things that can help one improve.
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    Like, there are lots of videos of people playing on YouTube.
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    Conversely, you could try matching with those videos.
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    There are so many things that you can do,
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    so I wonder if being interested in something is the biggest way you can improve.
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    You can like the way people play,
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    or maybe you want to try playing a phrase in a song.
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    Find various things you like and incorporate them,
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    or challenge yourself to doing them.
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    I think that's important.
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    It's easier to do these things now than it used to be.
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    -I think this is a great era we're in.
    I agree.
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    -Right now, I think there are better environments in which to practice alone.
    -I think so.
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    In the beginning for us, we divided each part.
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    Like, the guitar plays this phrase,
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    the drums are like this, etc.
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    We did it together, so it was a lot of fun.
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    -MAMI had said that it probably would have been hard if we each had to go at it alone.
    -I think so too.
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    It's really boring playing bass by yourself.
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    Depending on how you think of it,
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    and depending on the song you're playing.
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    you might be playing the same sounds over and over again.
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    Since it's a rhythm instrument,
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    you're just matching it with a metronome and practicing the same notes.
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    It doesn't stack up like that.
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    -It's all about patience.
    -That's true.
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    -That's why a strength is having other band members.
    -It definitely seems like it.
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    Doing it yourself is one thing,
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    but it's so cool when you do it with a band.
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    -Being in a band is fun!
    -It is!
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    There are many different ways to enjoy playing instruments.
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    You can do things like play with a friend,
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    or practice hard while watching videos online.
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    We recommend both of them.
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    I'm sure there are still a lot of things we want to talk about,
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    so is it okay to invite you back next time?
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    Thank you very much.
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    Actually, in the next video,
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    MAMI will also be appearing as well as our drummer RINA,
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    which means that all of the members of SCANDAL will be appearing.
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    So far we've talked about guitars and basses in detail.
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    In the next video we'll be telling you what kind of ensemble a band becomes after getting together.
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    This has been "Start Your Journey!" with SCANDAL's vocalist HARUNA and bassist TOMOMI.
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    Bye bye!
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Start Your Journey! Vol.4 「ベースってどんな楽器?」| SCANDAL
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