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Max Normal

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  • Birthday 21/08/1968

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  1. Max Normal

    I don't practice - enough is enough

    Sorry I was using this as an example of how it panned out for me, I am (attempting) to finally learn that crazy stuff. My previously badly worded point is, if you want to learn to play a genre, just learn the basslines that already exist from key players. Playing them in your band if you can will give you the impetus to do that. Start with the easier grooves and work your way up and try to learn them by ear if you can. This is how I learned to play bass and learned my chops, I never had a teacher or a book or used TAB, I just played basslines. Obviously the theory of modes, pentatonics and diatonics helps with that, but you can learn that stuff pretty quickly.
  2. Max Normal

    I don't practice - enough is enough

    Practice is a strange concept for me. As a teenager I moved from 6-string guitar to bass and immediately went out gigging, so practice was learning songs and rehearsing. A few years of rock and metal bands later I went "pro" in a function/party band which was often my only source of income for 5 years. I then did a stint doing original session work on tour for a singer/songwriter who was releasing an album and then went into the tribute band scene. Never learned a Victor Wooton slap line or how to play "Portrait of Tracey" once in that time because frankly, 99.99% of audiences don't want to listen to that sort of stuff and I didn't have the time to learn them to impress my peers or gain personal satisfaction. Now I'm a bit older and I only gig a couple of times a month, learning that sort of intricate technical stuff is what I finally do. Just for myself though, Noone will ever hear it though except my girlfriend who just says "that's nice dear" and my cat, who scarpers whenever I pick up my bass. I might just as well be making a model of HMS Victory out of matchsticks. When I do gig, I'm pretty much still playing stuff at a level I could do perfectly well 20 years ago. So I guess it's horses for courses, you need to focus your efforts on what is needed at the time. If you are a busy gigging covers bassist, learning your set properly to perfomance level is all the practice you need. If you play original stuff, learn your theory and how to put it into practice. If you want to be a virtuoso, grind away but be prepared to never have anyone listen to your perfect Jaco runs and harmonic chords, because nobody really cares.
  3. Weird looking thing with headless tuners. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ALEMBIC-AJ-II-HB-Fretless-ELECTRIC-BASS-GUITAR-Made-in-JAPAN-soft-case-used-F-S/263842014535?hash=item3d6e35a547:g:8WsAAOSw441bW8pu:rk:15:pf:0 Apparently legit too, 50 of them were made under licence by Rokkomann with Alembic electrics. http://alembic.com/club/messages/393/58239.html?1226277523
  4. Max Normal

    Best Wood for bass guitar

    Alder, swamp ash and mahogany are the most common. They have different weights, workabilities and argaubly, tone. Mahagany can be heavy with a tight grain and a dark tone. Often used with a maple top for figuring and to add brightness. Alder has little grain so is best painted. A good balance of bright and dark tone. Swamp ash has a wide, open grain. Difficult to finish as it needs grain filler for high gloss if that's your sort of thing. but looks good with a clearcoat or oil. Light weight (don't get normal ash as it's heavy). Resonant and used for bright sounding basses. To tonewood deniers, please don't flame me! I'm just offering the general consensus.
  5. Max Normal

    Best OD/Fuzz for synth sound?

    Cool. yup would love to have a go
  6. Max Normal

    Best OD/Fuzz for synth sound?

    Same here usually, but you know, sometimes it's fun to experiment....
  7. Max Normal

    Best OD/Fuzz for synth sound?

    Sounds great, I'll try one, thanks!
  8. Max Normal

    Best OD/Fuzz for synth sound?

    Thanks for the heads up! I'll check it out.
  9. Max Normal

    Best OD/Fuzz for synth sound?

    I did wonder. The closest I got was octaver and a bit of chorus so far. No probs with the tehcnique, I have the lines and technique off pat, it's just the sound i'm after now. Some people on here advocate an Octaver>Filter>Fuzz chain for a synthy sound, but it's not working for me. Maybe I'm approaching it wrong for this type of sound.
  10. Max Normal

    Your Worst Gig Ever

    Just after Princess Di got killed, we are playing in a pub in Folkestone (never a good idea). It was a ZZ-Top number from what i recall. Two brothers are right at the front and they start arguing about her death. One of them doesn't give a stinky poo, the other was obviously a fan. Suddenly one of them punches both front teeth out of the other one and the teeth landed at our feet. The now toothless brother gets on his hands and knees looking for them (it was a loud carpet, it was dark and we had a lighting rig so it wasn't so easy). Guitarist sidles up, nudges me and says "just keep playing". We did.
  11. Max Normal

    Your Worst Gig Ever

    Packed pub, New years eve 1999 11:30pm. We have played 2 sets and are having a half hour break for a rest and a pint before we go on to do our rocked up version of Auld Lang Syne and some up tempo numbers for the new year when an extremely drunken bloke falls onto the mixing desk severing three essential cables at the plugs where they enter the desk. Luckily we have a toolkit. I spend the next 25 minutes in a packed dark sweaty pub desparately trying to strip and resolder the leads. We make it with about 2 minutes to spare.
  12. On my board is an MXR filter, a Bass Big Muff Pi and a Micro Pog. Pog tracks great for the sub bass, but perhaps sounds a bit metallic so that's probably getting replaced with an EBS Octabass. MXR filter is great, so no probs there, but I just can't get on with the Big Muff, it's just so harsh and over the top. I tried it with the onboard blend mode and also with an X-otic X-blender but I still hate the sound. So right now I'm looking for a classic Stevie Wonder clavia bass synth type sound. Any experience of this? What distortion did you use, overdrive or fuzz, and which pedal? Cheers! M
  13. Hi mate, interested in the Warwick. Couple of questions: How are the frets, does it play nice and low? Where are you, does it have a case and will you ship?

    1. Apostolis


      Hey max! sorry for the late reply

      The bass has no issues whatsoever. frets everything are in perfect condition. HAd it serviced also about a month ago.

      Honestly right now the action is a bit high for me after the setup but before it had a very low action. I just think because i put very heavy strings on it the action had to rise up more than usual.

      Im in Rhodes, Greece. I have its original gig bag so not a hard shell case. I can definitely ship to the u.k.


      If your interested let me know and i can check for the price of shipping. if the price is high we can work something out in, no worries! I just cant sell it in Greece because people here are making ridiculously low offers


      thanks again for your interest!  

    2. Max Normal

      Max Normal

      Sorry mate, bought another bass now as i needed a 5-string quick. It's a gorgeous bass though and a great price, good luck with the sale!

    3. Apostolis


      No problem Max and thank you!

  14. Max Normal

    2006 Warwick infinity sn 5 string

  15. Max Normal

    Highway 1 Jazz Bass £400

    Checked it out. The main road from Fender Corona to Fender Baja is the CA-1.