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  1. The one who always has spare cables and insists that they are properly wound up and put away.
  2. This ... totally this. The lowest voice controls harmony. Sting put it as “it’s not a C chord unless I play a C”. In terms of “keeping time” that role is often played by the bass but not always. In a classic 60s Motown tune the tune keeping is more in the guitars (chords on 2 and 4 over a driving unwavering drum part) whilst the bass pushes and pulls against this. The bass line typically is the place where harmony and the basic groove come together. You should be able to hear the shape of the tune (both rhythmically and harmonically) by just listening to the bass. I like to think of the drums as the heart, the bass as the skeleton with the rest of the band layered over that shape and powered by the heart.
  3. No worries - I was about to delete my reply in any case! Undecided about when best to shift on the one I have in mind. GLWTS
  4. Ok BassChat hive mind ... I need some advice on how to structure practice time. There are lots of useful things that could be done in each session (transcription, technique, time, scales and harmony etc.) and ideally you should hit them all on a regular basis. Is it more productive to do a little bit of multiple things in each session or to focus on one thing per day in each session? For example ... 15 mins each on technique, scales, shifting between subdivisions and walking through a jazz standard or ... Monday is just technique, Tuesday is just subdivisions, Wednesday is just major scales in broken 3rds, Thursday is walking on Autumn Leaves etc... Thoughts?
  5. Wow - he’s moved. He was in Putney many moons ago.
  6. I just had Chris do some electronics fixes and set ups on 2 basses for me. Both came out well. If you want to get hold of him it’s best to text or call his mobile rather than email. He is pretty busy at the minute.
  7. Welcome aboard Euan - I’m in Edinburgh too.
  8. As a replacement for what? Into what sort of bass? What sort of sound are you going for? 😁
  9. Totally personal response ... for me it’s just not a great time. I’m looking to buy / trade for a good P but with things the way there are I’m not in a rush. I need to sell first (or trade). The bass looks nice and for me - you’re being totally upfront which is a good way to go. I don’t think you’re the only one in your position though. I think there is an early 70s 3TSB languishing somewhere in the depths of this forum - and has been for several weeks.
  10. Anyone any reviews or thoughts on these?
  11. No ... you weren’t wrong. There are just many ways of being right. I once heard “there are no wrong notes, only poor choices”.
  12. Thanks for the suggestions folks. I’ll do a little more digging.
  13. I’ve got a mid-80s Squire Jazz that I’m going to soup up in a (sort of but not really) copy of Paul Turner’s 1960s Olympic White Jazz. I know it won’t make me sound like him, the tone is in his hands etc. not a daft fan boy - but it’s a well known and well heard reference point. Anyone any thoughts of pick-ups? From what I can see it’s pretty much a coin flip between Nordstrand and Lindy Fralin (pretty similar price points). Any other options to add to the mix? The Fender equivalents seem a bit over priced.
  14. Thanks - they sounded like single coils but wanted to check.
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