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About queenofthedepths

  • Birthday 16/12/1987
  1. Bass Playing with a Click Track

    [quote name='EBS_freak' post='451150' date='Apr 1 2009, 08:13 AM']I reckon an out of time "live" feel is ideal to practice with. Gives you a more realist training exercise for when you are thrown into the real world battlefield.[/quote] Surely that's not a good thing on a loop, though?
  2. SOLD

    That depends upon whether or not I can justify ANOTHER bass whilst I'm still unemployed (I currently have 9 in enough space for 8... interested in any trades? ), but I am near enough to pick it up and even if I can't buy it, I'm sure any other potential buyers would like to see the pics.
  3. SOLD

    Gosh; I never noticed this before. Did you buy strings and take new pics of this in the end?
  4. acoustic bass????

    Fair point - I use my acoustics loads too, especially late at night. You reeeally won't get a nice sound with a little amp, though. Anyway, how come you don't want to buy another cheap one if you're afraid to damage your more expensive basses? Surely the same would apply to a £500 acoustic? My main acoustic that used to go everywhere with me (before I got the cheap one) is one of these: [url="http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/ba-580/10397"]http://www.guitarampkeyboard.com/en/ba-580/10397[/url] I should probably stop linking you to 5-string basses if you want a 4, though, right?
  5. General decline of standards

    [quote name='The Funk' post='448496' date='Mar 29 2009, 05:22 AM']I'd say the only thing that's changed is the number of ideas has dropped: good and bad. Everyone plays it safe by copying the other thing that sounds ok because it kinda sounds like that other thing that came out once that was good. The ratio of good band members to a band has probably dropped too. You don't get bands like [i]Deep Purple[/i] anymore, where everyone's actually pretty good. Most young bands I've seen have been carried by one overly talented person. The other young bands I've seen have a few excellent players in the band but crap, uninspired songs. Everyone's afraid of not making any money from music because the music industry is dead, so everyone's more desperate to be accepted. As I see it, jazz, blues, rock n' roll and metal were never about being accepted or playing it safe. Cream lyricist Pete Brown blames the '80s for killing music, when record companies tried to force punk and disco together. Jack Black's character in [i]School Of Rock[/i] blames MTV (as did Biggles and possibly Dire Straits). The record companies blame the internet while putting out samples of samples of covers by fakes. The artists blame the record companies while spending more time on a music video than on making the record or trying to write a decent song. The fans don't treat music as an art form anymore, they don't treat it as a product anymore, they treat it as an instantly disposable passing distraction. I don't think there's a general decline in standards. I think the days of music as a business are over. It's sad but I've come to terms with it. Ironically there's never been a better opportunity for an overall rise in standards. If we all accept we're not going to make any money from this (with a very small number of exceptions) we can be freed from having to worry about impressing the people with the chequebooks and focus instead on trying to make music we love that we think is as good as the stuff we listen to at home.[/quote] A big +1 from me - couldn't agree more.
  6. Drummers

    [quote name='Etienne' post='445158' date='Mar 25 2009, 05:07 PM']Why do so many drummers play those horrible over-tightened piccolo snares?!* *EDIT: Specifically I mean using the aforementioned drum when it doesn't suit the music being played at all (imagine if AC/DC's drummer used one for example?) [/quote] Ugh, I hate them too! There are plenty of places they sound great but mostly they don't! The perfect drumkit would have one of them as well as a normal snare. [quote name='lazzer' post='447927' date='Mar 28 2009, 10:14 AM']My main drummer is getting there now after lots of "encouragement" from me! However my biggest pet peeve is when the count in doesn't match the tempo he starts playing....... :-( Lazzer[/quote] +1 My drummer does that and he's really good otherwise!
  7. General decline of standards

    [quote name='Pissman' post='448401' date='Mar 28 2009, 09:13 PM']There were Nu-metal bands in 1989?[/quote] If there were, perhaps the genre needs a new name?
  8. General decline of standards

    Standards in nu-metal have dropped rapidly since 20 years ago??
  9. acoustic bass????

    If you're going to take a little amp, why not just use an electric bass? I've yet to hear one of those little amps that doesn't sound hideous anyway... I don't have trouble making myself heard with [url="http://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_hbb35ntfl_5string_akustikbass_fretless.htm"]my cheap acoustic[/url] (sweet Moses, that's more than twice the price I paid for it!!!), but I do play very aggressively on acoustic. I suggest a fretless, because that will eliminate your biggest problem..!
  10. When boiling strings.....

    [quote name='BigAlonBass' post='447598' date='Mar 27 2009, 06:49 PM']If you feel you have to boil them, pour the boiling water from the pan through a sieve (or even hold a pan lid slightly askew, so the water runs out.) Let the strings dry naturally, on kitchen towel or a piece of old cloth. Heating and quenching can weaken the structure. I used to do this regularly, until I tried Meths. (You can't drink boiling water, but............) [/quote] ugh, you shouldn't drink meths if it's full of dirt from your strings
  11. Converting mission from left to right

    [quote name='EssentialTension' post='438617' date='Mar 18 2009, 08:09 PM']You could play a righty reverse Gibson Thunderbird lefty and then you'd have an upper horn.[/quote] What's the neck dive like on an upside down Thunderbird??
  12. Do you own the most expensive bass on Basschat

    You'd think there'd be some of those collectors among us, though, wouldn't you? I think most of us would like to own a piece of history like that, even if we can't afford it or just aren't willing to spend so much on something so impractical. I suppose anyone who can afford to splash out £50,000 on a bass they'll never play is too busy to come on Basschat!
  13. Do you own the most expensive bass on Basschat

    Is there anyone here who's actually paid an obscene amount (or anything above its useful value at all...) for an instrument just because of its age/rarity? And I mean OLD age - I think the price of a new bass is obscene compared to the used market, but that hasn't stopped me buying several myself. Does anyone know anyone who's bought one of those crazily-priced 60s Fenders on eBay?
  14. Converting mission from left to right

    [quote name='thepurpleblob' post='438132' date='Mar 18 2009, 11:25 AM']From a technique point of view, that'll be like starting from scratch. I hope your frustration tolerance is up for it BTW.... I have often wondered about the whole lefty thing. Both your left and right hands are doing complex activities so why is any easier to play a left hand bass if you are left handed?[/quote] It's because the dominant hand is stronger and plucking requires more controlled strength than fretting.
  15. [quote name='BigBeefChief' post='437475' date='Mar 17 2009, 04:27 PM']Thanks for your help, but I've read your post and the guy is based in North Yorkshire. I can't post or courier this.[/quote] Did you ever come to tell the tale of how you got banned from the post office?