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    proto bass is being shipped overseas this week for initial review with the manufacturer. It is a super fun bass!! here's some pics for ya!
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    Have you had a little morning drinky?!
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    "Tenement Symphony" is a fabulous album, but it was a long time ago. The version of "Say hello wave goodbye" he did with Jools many years ago gave me goosebumps, it's beautiful. I saw him live a couple of years ago by chance at a festival, and I was told by my friends, who are fans, that he was amazing... I don't remember, for various reasons. I guess he's marmite, but he's a very flamboyant character and a very lovely chap, I'm sure Dave Swift would concur. There's room for everyone, even Nickelback.
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    I fully intend to roll over to this. I might bring @Christine and @Jimothey with me. They know nothing about this idea.
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    You guys are just takin the P outa me now. I looked at the graph Andy and as much as i laughed at the VID clip i still think they are ok. Maybe a bit baw-heided but songs are OK. I quite like that old American soft rock tho. Doesn't make me a bad person.......just suspect Dave
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    Still for sale folks. As ped our administrator pointed out in an earlier post "Really good cabs, these. Really good! " Thanks again for the recommendation ped............he's right !
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    Dammit - have you got binoculars or something ??
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    Easy, they just add waveforms together. The real question is, how does our brain manage to pull them back apart into their components? So far, the best answer that we've got is "magic". S.P.
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    No contest on that front. His voice makes me want to headbutt a spinning lathe though 😉
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    Yeah, this being Basschat, that happens a lot......always entertaining though
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    Cracking gig at The Old Wine Vaults in Eastwood, Nottingham. It's a new venture being run by the former staff/owners of the popular/well know music venue The Greyhound in the Beeston area of the city which was forced to close it's doors due to a 200% increase it rates by the council. Great little venue, smaller stage than it's predecessor but the venue has a lot going for it and I wish them every success. A few new tracks crept into the set, notably Republica's "Ready To Go" which went down an absolute storm - I have to admit that I'm preferring the variety and flexibility of a true cover band rather than a tribute act. A few pics for you all
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    Beautiful instrument here. A Guild Starfire II bass made in Westerly, USA, somewhere in the 90s, before Guild was sold to Fender. Not to be mistaken with modern reissues, made somewhere in Asia in much bigger quantities. Not many of these were produced, hand made, and very few of them made in the natural flamed maple finish, like this one. The original Bisonic pickups were swapped by the legendary Darkstars made by Curtis Novak. The bass sounds beautiful, big and sweet, and plays like a dream. Really, a gem of a bass, paradise for semi hollow body lovers. You will not see many like this one in Europe. Or in the UK ( ). The Starfire is a short scale bass (30"), very skinny and fast neck. Comes with original Guild case, case key, bridge adjustment hex-key and case candy. Price is 1700 Euros.
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    Hello! I'm new to this community and I've never tried this before. Im kinda new to bass as well (been playing for two years very on and off on a very crappy bass!). I would like some good tips on how to upgrade my gear and get better but I'm a bit of a noob tbh. First of all I was looking forwards to buying a new bass. I was thinking something like an Ibanez sr300 or an Yamaha trbx300 or 500, since they are relatively cheap and good quality and very all around in sound and tone (from what I've heard and seen on the internet that is) so I can explore a style that I prefer and I just really like the design of those models (I'm a design student so aesthetics matters as well, at least for me) Anyway, I was wondering which experiences people had in here and perhaps some advise for a (basically) beginner :))
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    I use these;- http://herculesstands.com/international/products/fretted-and-bowed-instrument/guitar/single-stands/gs200b/ Have to offset the Maruszczyk’s a bit due the Jazz shaped body, but easily fit into my gigbags & they’re stable enough in use.
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    I can't believe these are still hanging around. Please forgive me for being uncouth. But I'd have given my right nut for these cabs at that price if I was still in the UK.
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    Yes i tried it. Its very good stuff but you need a crowbar to get the pedal off the board. Its really that strong. Stronger than the adhesive in warm weather unfortunately.
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    It's just a bit of fun really and they appear to be unfazed by it. I've only heard the stuff on the radio, they're better than Coldplay.
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    On the subject of repairs, yes, a friend of mine repaired a huge hole in an acoustic guitar and I couldn't see where he'd done the repair when complete. But of course the Tacoma story was a bit different. It wasn't Andy's responsibility to fix something that UPS destroyed. Get well soon matey!
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    I use mine with a Barefaced Super Compact (vintage model). Looks and sounds fantastic, super light too.
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    Hiya!! How you keeping? Yes the grinder tends to keep the blade square and then when actually honing you take so little off it stays square by default
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    It's an unashamedly populist explanation and I'm sure that academic types could poke many holes in the details of the explanation but as a layman's guide to how scales and temperament work this is a good watch. The whole of the Howard Goodall's Big Bangs series was hugely informative, watchable and entertaining.
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    I've fitted Badass bridges to all my Jazz basses and left the saddles ungrooved - this gives a bridge string spacing of about 17mm and I've never noticed any change in sound from the previous splayed arrangement. This is with pickups from different manufacturers in all three as well. I think you'll do fine, and find it much easier to play...I did. The only problem is that it feels a bit odd going back to a wide spacing - you'll want 17mm on everything
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    Aside from basic proficiency, such as being able to play [relatively] in time, and in tune, I believe the most important factor in being a 'good bassist' is STYLE. Style seems to have been replaced by the race for technical prowess. Equally, I appreciate the viewpoint of 'discipline' and 'it's the notes you don't play' etc etc, how to accompany your songwriter and whatnot, but I've always favoured bass players who branch off from the minimal and into something tasteful, artistic and their own. Having style means you've got something different to the next guy.
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    No worries man. Hope they find a good home
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    Two for the price of one here: some feet and a broken bottle. Story goes that Keith couldn't come up with anything to go over what is, essentially, a John Lee Hooker-style stomping blues before the chorus kicks in, so they settled for some footstomps and a few cymbal washes. Perhaps ironically for a Who song, I think it works better this way - I can't really imagine it working with the usual cascade of toms and cymbals that served their other songs so well.
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    I like the tone of his voice on some of the Soft Cell stuff, but for me he’s always struggled with his pitching when singing live. Some people can get away with this ( Jimmy Webb, Burt Bacharach, Rod Stewart maybe ), but for me Marc isn’t one of them.
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    It seems he’s made a bass for Tim Lefebvre:
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    DiMarzio Area J. They're not very expensive and sound much like traditional single coils, but they're humbuckers... and of course you can play with the wiring, trying series/parallel and see what you like best. They can do traditional well, but no hum. And can also be fat Jazz machines.
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    Now I’m not one for dissing music/artists usually but will someone tell Marc Almond to fvck off.
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    When it comes to bass, I'm reminded of this, as a wise man once said;
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    I started on short scale basses, Höfner and the like, probably quite chunky by today’s standards , graduated on to a Precision which initially felt massive, but soon became my norm. Then I switched to 5s with Jazz proportions which now feel comfortable and normal. For a short while had a Washburn fretless 5 electro acoustic that had a tree trunk as a neck. That’s the only bass I never really adjusted to, and that I think is the answer, you adapt to what you have!
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    Well, the octave sounding pleasant is universal - it's a basic consequence of physics. If you have two waves, one of which is exactly twice the frequency of the other, then they sit on top of each other nicely. See this image, for example: You'll notice that wherever the waveform crosses the y-axis, those points stay in the same place moving down the image. However, our subdivision of the octave into 12 semitones is definitely a western cultural thing. Other cultures divide into different amounts (see here) and that's even before we start moving away from equal temperament and into other tunings. S.P.
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    It must be your inner bass player, reminding you that sound is always more important than logistics. It’s a life-long struggle 😳
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    In a band? Be nice, be on time, and most of all been IN time. like Andy said above, it's about being missed when you stop playing. I see bass as another part of the percussion, like a drum with tones. There's no need for fancy schmancy gymnastics, just groove with the drummer, make people dance, keep it simple, and always be cool. At home? Who gives a ****
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    Timing...when they're playing and when they're leaving space. There's a chapter in Victor Wooten's book, The Music lesson (I have on CD as well as the book) all about this. Really eye opening - telling you what you already knew but didn't realise.
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    Some people have said to me, the “best” bassist is the kind you will only miss when they stop playing. That’s in a band setting. Also in a band setting, I’ve had a songwriter base songs from stuff I’ve been doing - to add tension in a song I’d do a little run of notes and he’d get the rest of the band to follow it. I can send you a link to that song if that helps? He also walked in on me doing volume swells with harmonics one day, and wrote an entire song around it. He said I was “the best bassist” - for him. I’d equate that version of “best” to the likes of McCartney - an integral part of the band’s “sound”. And then there’s “best” with the idea that music is a sport, and you’re all technique and party tricks. That to me is fun but ultimately futile because there’s always a bit flashier, faster or more technically gifted - and The musicality takes a walk the flashier you get. But I’ve done that route too - and just allows you to develop tools for the second type of “best” bass player. The reality is, the “best” bass players are the ones who are paying their mortgages by playing bass and not stuck for a job. The rest of us humble mortals got day jobs and are now too entrenched in “real life” to make the jump into a job as a professional musician. I sold a bass to a guy once who was a “pro” and reeled off an impressive CV, but when he played the bass to check it over...I couldn’t believe how sloppy and amateur it all sounded. But fair play to the guy - he was a busy man... Whatever “best” is, it’s whatever makes you happy and sits well in the music you’re involved in.
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    Aye... While competent, I find they manage to both look annoying, and to play annoying music that sounds like a 70s novelty record. Still, each to their own!
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    It just so happens. Room 335 bass.pdf
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    One of the gigs which Talking Heads turned into Stop Making Sense. The movie is staggering. What it must have been like live... !!
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    I would spend a bit of time just listening to the songs without trying to play them. It is much easier to learn a song that you already know, than to start learning a song you don't.
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    [quote name='joeystrange' timestamp='1497423422' post='3317935'] I'm after some advice from anyone who's been in this position before and can tell me how they've tackled learning this many songs. [/quote] They won't be playing 70 songs every gig and some songs on the records won't have been played since, so get a set list off them, or at least a list of songs they play regularly. Start with those and work around to the rest later. Have any of the songs changed since they were recorded? Work the songs out and write chord charts. Then play them until you don't need the charts any more. If you play along to the songs on the CD's put them on shuffle so you don't get used to playing them in the same order.
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