sleigh , I don't know how you do it man! And sing and play as well . Ever since I switched to a 5 string a year ago, I feel really clumsy and dont know where to play. I'm having to do mental gymnastics on every note. To be fair, I dont play bass often enough to develop my technique and learn the fretboard. I've always had a horrible memory.
So what I have done now is tuned my 5 string to EADGC. You can hit some nice power chords at the top end every once in a while, no low B to mute, and everything is where it should be for a guitarist who is sometimes a bassist Maybe I'm selling myself short, but it's going to be easier
I've been singing while playing bass (a four string at the time) since 1970, so I'm used to it (just call me Sting with a lower voice!) I switched to five-string back in 2003. I love the low B-string and because everything's the same interval all the way down the various strings, fingering is easier as well. The only problem I had initially was being one string off -- like being on the E string when I thought I was on the A-string and thus hitting a "G" note instead of the "C" note I really needed to play.
But he missed out on all of those neat octave riffs you can get on the 4th and 6th strings. I'd really miss that low D in open G. (DGDGBD) Keith liked GDGBD. Maybe he was a wannabe banjer player. They play open G as gDGBD.
-1962 Martin D-21 -1950 Gibson LG1 -1958 Goya M-26 -1974 Yamaha FG75 high strung -A number of banjos, mandolins, Autoharps, ukuleles, dulcimers, mouth harps, a Tele clone and various other stuff. -I own a fiddle, but only play it when Maggie and the cats are all out of the house.