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About CrackerJackLee

  • Birthday 20/01/1954
  1. Leading finger?

    With that attitude, you'll have it down in no time. Most BP's won't mention it, but pizzicato is one of the most difficult techniques to learn and master. Honestly. I can barely remember but it took a lot of effort. Very frustrating, so you better hide those plectrums well. But in a few months, it became natural. No matter what you think, that is the truth. It comes in it's own time. I started bass with just the thumb. After hearing Motown, I knew that wasn't going to work out. But I enjoy plectrum bass. Like that BP that plays for Bert Kaempfert (Ladi Geisler). The tone and definition, especially while muting, is worth the price of admission. Cheers!
  2. The best bass playing you ever heard.?

    [quote]...it lacks the taste and maturity of the best players...a bit too much of everything and not enough restraint...[/quote] You know, when I hear people say things like "not enough restraint", it reminds me of "Teacher Leave The Kids Alone"... where poor British schoolchildren are beaten and cajoled by their masters into not moving their hands and not speaking - until told to speak... upon fear of having to bend over and get a damn good paddling. Outside of Britain, this "restraint" mantra does not exist. Remember that this bulletin board receives international membership. Perhaps the comment should have been paraphrased with a disclaimer? And I don't hear where it lacks in taste... or maturity. This is a gospel service where emotional expression is part of the belief. Some cultures are very repressive, and members of such regimes should be aware that perhaps they are projecting a troubled upbringing onto normal people, that is, non-members of their sub-group. I don't understand the pre-occupation with restraint. We don't live in China, do we? This is the Western World. One must not forget that the country from which this video was taken worships self-expression. Even though one has the freedom of artistic criticism, it doesn't mean that everyone else has to accept it. Perhaps discretion is a lost art. And for the record, I'd like the video musician to know that most people find his playing to be tasteful, mature... and totally unrestrained.
  3. Leading finger?

    [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]I look at it from the viewpoint of the classical guitarists, as there is merit in using the other fingers alone and in combination to add to the techniques of pizzicato, plectrum and bow. They use the mnemonic PIMAC, for Thumb (Pulgar), Index, Middle, Ring (Annular) and Pinky (Cuatro). They use all five digits in a number of combinations as per the following:[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]P: soft attack, strumming double-stops[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]PI: wide intervals such as rapid octaves, double-stops, pinch and artificial harmonics[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]PM: wide intervals such as tenths, double-stops[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]PIM: speed, triple-stops, tenths with added 7/7b/6[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]PIMA: speed, pumping quavers[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]I: consistency in timing and tone for certain passages, the walking bass hook[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]IM: pizzicato walking, both together for support[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]IMA: pizzicato walking[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]M: consistency in timing and tone for certain passages.[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]There's also appoyando and tirando. [/size][/font][font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]And of course, Thump/Slap and one or two fingered Pop.[/size][/font] [font=courier new,courier,monospace][size=5]The above matrix is a more wholistic way of looking at technique. There must be more...[/size][/font]
  4. Boy, do guitars gig the limelight.

    I've been a BP for 50 years. I never expected any fame and I was not disappointed. Last year I played some guitar with a lady accordionist at a simple concert. They never left me alone...! As I was not used to the attention, I was dumbfounded by it all. So, I hate to bust any egos here or burst anyone's balloon... but if you aspire to be a BP, do not expect to get the attention that your guitarist gets. You will be as respected as a tuba player, with almost the same amount of attention. But when they come up to chat with the guitarist, simply go and have a coffee or a drink and chat with the locals about anything but music. And it's great, because they won't recognize you as part of the band, anyway. I can't explain it. Learn guitar...! It ain't that hard, honest. A little persistence learning the grips, then add some notes around the chord. I also play plectrum banjo. I found that easier to play than guitar. Now, that will get you lots of attention. In comparison to a banjoist, guitar is commonplace...
  5. String Guage

    [font=courier new,courier,monospace]I think of all the great chords that could be played on EADGB! Just starting with the major triad in root, first and second inversion: | | | | 5 | | | 3 | | | 1 | | | | | 5 | | | | | 1 | | 3 | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 5 1 3[/font]
  6. Being fired from a band?

  7. Head and cab wattage maths

    Don't forget the Sensitivity of the speaker... Two small vids. [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QaDO9aTFDdk"]https://www.youtube....h?v=QaDO9aTFDdk[/url] [url="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9rur78FE1k"]https://www.youtube....h?v=Y9rur78FE1k[/url] A police siren may be limited in the power it can handle (wattage) but be a very loud siren (decibels). Power is the product of voltage applied and current. Too much power will burn out the speaker coil. Speakers are rated by the manufacturer in the amount of power you can apply to it. The voice coil has resistance. Apply voltage across it and current will flow through it. The speaker moves. But it can only handle so much power. Power = current x voltage. The unit for loudness is the decibel, named after Alexander Graham Bell (dB). 1 dB is the smallest amount of loudness increase/decrease that humans can perceive. As our hearing is logarithmic, in order to make the siren twice as loud, you will need to apply 10 times as much power. BOOM! And if you double the power, you will increase the loudness by 3 dB as per the formula: y=10logx y=10log(2) y=3 And be aware of this sales gimmick:
  8. Famous Brit/Yank Combos

    Michael & Paul Ronald & Margaret Thatcher Ringo & Barbara Vernon & Irene Castle The Duke & Duchess
  9. Is all successful pop music just of it's own time?

    [size=5]I like folk music very much and play folk songs, but of the thousands that were popular in past generations, few would be hits in 2016. These folk songs were hits at one time, but most became nursery songs over the years and eventually disappeared. Now they are "teaching" songs or lullabyes. Or part of a medley of relaxation music. The early Beatle hits are passe. I like them, but they are dated. And I now prefer to listen to the R&B originals that they copied, but those records were largely unavailable in the Western World due to state manipulation. The early Beatle hits, like fashion, were depended largely on dance fads, discotheques, dating customs and repressed sexuality. Today, those customs are largely juvenile. We are also less enthusiastic as a people. Perhaps less naive. Look at the low birth rates. Soon, teenagers will be chatting about how lucky they are to be an accident. And each decade seems to put the music of the previous decade on an ignore list. The Hippie Era deleted the Surf Era. The Rock Era deleted the Rock and Roll Era. Prog Rock deleted Psychedelica, while Rockabilly and Country got run over by New Country which is anything but Country... it is really Rural Pop. R&B got blasted out by RAP. Classical music is still popular to some, but not popular enough to still be considered hit music. New customs demands new music. The past and the present never meet; the people dance to a different beat. A list of those songs that were hits 3 to 5 decades ago and would still be hits in 2016 (if it were possible for all of us to hear them for the very first time) would be highly opinionated. Probably default to a list of favorite tunes. Music seems to be a parade. The latter depend a lot on the former. To answer the OP's question truthfully would demand temporary amnesia. Realise that most young people today do not listen much to Big Band music or Jazz or the Beach Boys, except for rare exceptions. I would think Greensleeves would be a smash hit, still. The Sultans of Swing and All Along the Watchtower, maybe. But when I listen to the radio, now, it is mostly belly button girl-groups singing poppy dance tunes to highly percussive music. I don't think that audience would be highly interested in Friday on My Mind by the Easy Beats. Leo's bass changed all music. So inventions/technology route the parade down a new avenue. Powerful amps. Transistors. Wireless. Pedalboards. Multi-Track Boards. This puts old music and new music into different worlds that are light years apart. My hunch is that melody is finite. Eventually you run out of original possibilities. Hence, the Retro-Music effect. Old is New again, by necessity. Perhaps the basket of music is full and the late additions are tepid. In fact, RAP has left music altogether to become a form of percussive poetry, with a limited topic. Are most like me, delving into the past to play Old Man's Records? I've learned to be a musician from thousands of dead musicians. Popular music hits, in my limited opinion, are generated in and by the current era and live a very short life. Music of the Moment. Themes of the Times. Encapsulated Social Norms. Grist for Musicologists and Historians. But I'll always have time to listen to Petula Clark sing Downtown. My grandchildren may never hear it in the same way. As I listen to Sweet Rosie O'Grady, a quaint little tune that my Father liked quite a bit, I hear it but I don't feel it.[/size]
  10. Wiring loom query

    I'm currently researching re-wiring possibilities and there's a lot on the net about this. I thought I'd forward some info. Good luck! Ground Wire If there's no bonding wire present in the loom for the bridge, there's not much else to do but solder one to the back of the tone pot, remove the bridge and run the wire. Be very careful of the solder tip temperature, as the resistive strip in the pot can be damaged. You require a clean surface and a good glob of flux. Flux is the real secret to this. Keep solder tip at temperature, clean and tinned. Add this to your Favourites. Seymour Duncan Web Site: [url="http://www.seymourduncan.com/forum/showthread.php?246969-Solder-won-t-stick-to-back-of-pot"]http://www.seymourdu...-to-back-of-pot[/url] Have a read about the possible values for the treble bleed cap: [url="http://www.seymourduncan.com/blog/the-tone-garage/bass-tone-caps-from-the-top"]http://www.seymourdu...ps-from-the-top[/url]
  11. Jamming with a drummer, what to look for...

    As long as it sounds good. Play with or against some part of the drum kit. Be conscious of the notes you play... footballs, quarters, quavers... play the rests, too... introduce the dots and ties... Don't listen intently to the drummer and try to mimic... do what you do, but listen to the interplay of your line with Ringo. In fact, listen to John McVie and Mick Fleetwood.
  12. Should I stay or should I go now

    [quote post='3169184']Don't forget that there is actually NO LAW against being in more than one band at the same time![/quote] This is legally true, but it's painfully obvious that jobbers are temporary people who simply use others for their sole benefit. They don't even call their bands "bands". They refer to them as "projects". How impersonal is that? Why should honest people waste their time with someone who's in other bands? Why should you live with schedule conflicts? And when you get opportunities, will they move along with you? And when he finds a gig, which of his bands will he hire? And all that studio rent goes down the drain when they depart with the best band for them. And you're left struggling to replace them. A musician who is in multiple bands is like a pariah. Like non-cowboys who wear cowboy boots. Cross the street when they walk towards you. On a personal level, most of us have to work jobs for a boss and with people who probably don't really like us. When I join a band, I expect loyalty and camaraderie (the mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together) f[url="https://www.google.ca/search?newwindow=1&q=define+friendship&forcedict=friendship&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP17rZyObQAhVB-2MKHSwxBiMQ_SoIHzAA"][color="#1a0dab"]riendship[/color][/url], [url="https://www.google.ca/search?newwindow=1&q=define+comradeship&forcedict=comradeship&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP17rZyObQAhVB-2MKHSwxBiMQ_SoIIDAA"][color="#1a0dab"]comradeship[/color][/url], [url="https://www.google.ca/search?newwindow=1&q=define+fellowship&forcedict=fellowship&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP17rZyObQAhVB-2MKHSwxBiMQ_SoIITAA"][color="#1a0dab"]fellowship[/color][/url], [url="https://www.google.ca/search?newwindow=1&q=define+fraternity&forcedict=fraternity&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP17rZyObQAhVB-2MKHSwxBiMQ_SoIIzAA"][color="#1a0dab"]fraternity[/color][/url], [url="https://www.google.ca/search?newwindow=1&q=define+conviviality&forcedict=conviviality&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP17rZyObQAhVB-2MKHSwxBiMQ_SoIJDAA"][color="#1a0dab"]conviviality[/color][/url] [url="https://www.google.ca/search?newwindow=1&q=define+team+spirit&forcedict=team+spirit&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP17rZyObQAhVB-2MKHSwxBiMQ_SoIJjAA"][color="#1a0dab"]team spirit[/color][/url], [url="https://www.google.ca/search?newwindow=1&q=define+esprit+de+corps&forcedict=esprit+de+corps&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiP17rZyObQAhVB-2MKHSwxBiMQ_SoIJzAA"][color="#1a0dab"]esprit de corps[/color][/url]; I expect to go to their funerals and they come to mine. Otherwise, forget it. Why waste your life with jobbers? Replace them with a real band member...
  13. Should I stay or should I go now

    [quote name='JimBobTTD' timestamp='1478457865' post='3169164']...it took me months before I felt able to...playing with others again...I joined a newly started band...They are all [i]really[/i] inexperienced...I am head and shoulders above the others...they are all relatively new to their instruments...some of the songs are not to my liking...I feel that I am not going to be developing much...I could use this as an opportunity to take my fretless out and work on that...Look for another band which is a bit more skilled, or stay in this one and see how it develops?[/quote] Thankfully, you escaped the tyranny of the guitards without too much burnout. But you must seek your equals or at least be challenged by the project you're in. The songs you dislike, now? You will truly hate them later. You are contemplating a sideline project on your fretless as if reading the Wall Street Journal in a rural bus terminal. If you hang out with them until you find skilled musicians, is it fair to them? They could be working on a venture with someone of their caliber who will remain with them and they will be much further ahead than when you cast them aside for a project that is more suited to your experience. Take the time off to wood-shed, decide upon your goals, network and meet/find musicians that are in first class, like you. Let the people in steerage do what they do. They need a BP who feels lucky and privileged to be a part of their band. You are not a villain, but you have been damaged by users. Don't fall into their trap. The sooner you leave these fellows, the better it will be for all. You will leave, anyway. Dr. Phil
  14. Happy 70th Birthday To John Mc Vie

    John McVie... (Werewolves of London, eh?) His superb and tasteful playing peaked my interest in major pentatonic lines. He weaves the black-key notes into melodic, yet supportive bass lines that never seem repetitive, in spite of the real need to be concise in a band with a big sound. The lock-in between John McVie and Mick Fleetwood is phenomenal. Notice that the bass is so well played that the drums are free to explore polyrhythms.
  15. [quote name='TimR' timestamp='1473090832' post='3126815']...it's his problem as far as the insurers will be concerned...[/quote] If there is any... Is this customary with other bands, too...? Could they make a wax impression of the key and sell it to crooks?