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  1. I bought Simplified Sight Reading For Bass, by Josquin De Pres, and while it has audio it only has it for some of the tracks. The exercises are great and the book is well laid out, but only half the tracks (and the easier ones to boot) have accompanying audio. That's a bit frustrating. Is there any free and easy to use software I can download that will allow me to input notes so that I can hear how a tricky part should sound? Thanks
  2. I'm assuming that for practice the purpose is to develop finger independence and strength. Raking during regular play is a different proposition But I don't know; i didn't create the above video
  3. I thought that was the point of raking
  4. Interesting thanks. Is there a reason why you shouldn't rake when playing such lines?
  5. Is simply running up and down scales and modes with a metronome a good way to build speed? What about playing them through intervals instead of sequentially?
  6. Been trying to learn High Road by Roine Stolt. Jonas Reingold is a great player
  7. Although there are other fine players whom I listen to more, to have that technical facility (i enjoy picking as much as fingerstyle) and musical knowledge is my ultimate goal. Let's hope one can self teach to that level of musical ability.
  8. He's mellowed out in recent years but he has a reputation. Understandable given how he got treated by the rest of the band. I'm sure he's a lovely guy these days.
  9. They know how to nurture talent over there (or push their kids to insane levels, or use strange biochemical interventions!) I think all this stuff does is set insane standards for people who think they ought to live up to them. Everyone knows the coolest thing to watch for bass playing is Scott Thunes. Not only does he play slung low with a pick (sorry but that's cool) but he's playing Frank Zappa's music! That's not just cool, that's serious chops and musical skills, even if the guy has a reputation for being a bit of a headcase. That's what I want. If I can play Zappa-level music I know I'll have grown up. I remember a quote from an old Bass Player mag when they were gushing over Jaco. Apparently he'd told his parents he couldn't do chores anymore because he needed to preserve his hands. So much for mild green fairy liquid I guess! If you're able to make a living uploading crazy technical skill clips on YT then you probably don't have any other job. That's fair enough, but it's not reality. Not my reality anyway
  10. I like Adam, he's educational. Not just some flash piece of him doing Get Lucky solo slappy tappy. I would very much like to know what his practice routine is tthat he used to get to where he is because he understands music as well as how to play. That's much more informative I think
  11. I love 'arry as a player and have always had a soft spot for Maiden, but Martin Birch's skills hid a multitude of sins I guess it didn't matter back then. Maiden were about the performance and their career speaks for itself Nowadays you can hear it all stripped back and exposed, warts and all, on youtube. Not sure that was a good thing, but I doubt Steve ever really listened to himself in that way. He played with a band EDIT: I started using Audacity to get into transcribing. I'm sure it's useful and I had a good go with Opeth's Sventh Sojourn. But I found messing around with the priogram, trying to set up filters and settings to up the bass part was a massive chore. Maybe I should keep it simple and just use the mp3 like the old days with record/tape
  12. I agree, but I lack gear and living out in the sticks makes it tough when you don't drive. Still, I keep my eyes open.
  13. I've no idea if they do or don't, but putting up clips can be a full time gig given the quality involved
  14. I think there's also the problem that it takes people away rom fundamentals. I just, quit eby accident, found this clip of someone doing a solo version of Black or White. It's very impressive. But not once during my 'career' did I ever consider learning something like this. I can't imagine, beyond YT or busking perhaps, this sort of skill going to get you anywhere. Of course you should play the music and the way you like, that's how art works after all. But that's not for me what I do on the bass. I've never been turned on by solo bass playing as anything more than spectacle. It's impressive and the guy is talemnted and has learned this style of bass. But it's not the sort of music I'd listen to. I like the bass int he context of other instruments, i like counter point and clever and interesting lines and parts - fast slow tap slap or wahtever. That's why I like people like Chris Squire or Jonas Reingold or the guy from Spocks Beard who is an absolute monster. But I don't see myself ever learning songs solo on the instrument like this. Again, not hating.
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