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Everything posted by Doddy

  1. When I fret with my little finger, every other finger behind it is also on the string, whether I'm playing one finger per fret or not. Nothing to do with strength, like when I play upright, but more to do with avoiding flying fingers and keeping things fluid.
  2. It depends on the tempo of the piece. If I was playing a semibreve in a slow ballad tempo, I'll probably drop my thumb on to the E string. If it's uptempo quavers/semiquaver, I'll stay on the pickup. Basically, I'll do whatever is the easiest and most comfortable way to play the note.
  3. On the odd occasion that I've thought that my playing isn't going where it should, I just book a lesson with great player and go and get some new ideas. There's always more work on. Can you read? If not, there is plenty to work on there. If you can, there are tons of books (not just bass books) that you can open up and take ideas from. There are hundreds of scale and arpeggio exercises that you can do. Just a bit of focussed practice each day on these will make a huge difference to your playing.
  4. I don't think it makes them seem like a poor relation. It's generally just an easy way to show that the pedal has been tuned to lose less low end.
  5. And then you wonder why musicians get bad reputations.
  6. It's not really about strength. In lower positions, it can be a bit of stretch to use finger per fret or 123 fingering, especially on a 35" scale bass. 124 gives you a 3 fret reach with a more comfortable hand position. Also, I've found that the vast majority of people who I've taught have more dexterity in their little finger than their ring finger.
  7. I've never worried about that. In fact, I'd had one expensive bass for less than a year when my then 3 year old got hold of it and put a big scratch on the back. Whatever. It's nice, but stuff happens. I've never worried about a bass on a gig.
  8. I was playing a panto a few years ago, and about half way through the 4 week run I had an infection in my middle finger causing it to swell up a lot. After it was drained, it turned out that a couple of tiny pieces of the coating from the Elixir strings I was trying had come off and gone down the side of my nail. Looking at the string you could see where the coating had peeled off where I play.
  9. I bought one of the DeArmond reissues in the early 2000s, when some shops reduced them to around £100, new. It looked kind of cool, but it had a lot of neck dive and the first fret felt a mile away. Hardware wasn't great (especially the tuners) and tonally it sounded like a relatively cheap P Bass. Honestly, it was really just a pretty cheap and unimpressive instrument. Mine mostly sat in a corner for a while,before being given something like £70 as a part ex.
  10. To be fair, there have been players who have been putting effects on their bass for 30/40 years. Just look at players like Pino with his OC2, Anthony Jackson with his phaser, and Neil Jason with his envelope filter.
  11. I'm not in it either. I think their rates are totally out unless you're a solo artist. I don't really do many pub gigs anymore, but I do think they should be paying around £100 each.
  12. Has anyone mentioned the MU rates? They reckon that the fee for a pub band, playing for up to 3 hours, should be £129 each, plus you can add on travel, porterage and a late finish fee.
  13. It looks to me like his thumb only comes over the neck when he's playing the higher strings. I'd guess that either he's doing it to mute the low E string, or because he's got relatively poor left hand technique and grips the neck like a baseball bat.
  14. The chain running right to left makes sense to me because my cable comes out of the right side so goes straight in to my first pedal (volume pedal) on that side. I can see how that would be a pain for left handed players. My first generation EBS Octabass has the in and out the opposite way to most other pedals, and it's a right pain to put in a chain.
  15. But then you're just adding different problems, like having to program patches, not having instant tweaking on stage and,in my opinion,not as good tone (particularly for overdrives and octaves).
  16. I prefer single pedals to multi effects, but you're probably better sticking with the Headrush. I think to put a good quality pedal board together it will cost you more than £350. You could go cheaper by buying used, but I'd say you were still looking at around £50-100 each for good pedals. If you go the individual pedal route, I'd chain them tuner>preamp>octave>distortion>chorus and experiment with the compressor at either end of the chain.
  17. I've thought of another.... I'm not crazy on the mini sized pedals. Sure, they take up less space and you can put loads on a board, but I find that I have to be too careful turning them on and off in a live situation so you don't kick any of the knobs. I've got a few mini pedals, but I don't take them out often because of the size. I think companies like MXR and TC make good sized pedals that are smaller than the big boxes but have enough space between the switch and the knobs that you can give them a solid stomp.
  18. It's not really an annoyance with the pedal itself, but it annoys me when I buy a used pedal that has velcro attached. Especially if it's been advertised as 'home use only' or something.
  19. You'd be surprised. I know a few arrangers who will sometimes put instructions like that, or the odd 'humorous' remark on a chart that they know people are going to sight read.
  20. I've found that the TC polytune works great. I prefer it to the Snark, both in looks and performance. The Peterson Strobe tuner is very good too.
  21. Brilliant band and video. I've watched this a few times. They're all excellent musicians, but I particularly like Nate Wood on drums and Kaveh Rastegar on bass.
  22. I'd go tuner>octave>filter>drive and try the compressor at either end of the chain depending on what you want it for. I like the way that filters react after an octave pedal, but experiment and see what you like the sound of. Pedals react differently in depending on what order they are in, so move them around and have fun.
  23. The only thing that usually lives on top of my amp is my DI box. Everything else goes on the floor, even if they are always on. I want to be able to switch things in and out easily.
  24. I think I've found the perfect bass for me. I was looking to buy a bass for a birthday present for myself. I'd already got a few nice instruments, and I've played a lot more but after I visited F Bass, I knew that I needed to buy one. My BN5 is seriously the best instrument I've played. It plays and sounds amazing.
  25. Drive pedals are basically compressing the signal so you may be able to get away without using one, but the best thing to do is play around and try it. The pedal will probably react differently with a compressor either in front or behind it, so play around and see what sounds best to you.
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