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About 2wheeler

  • Birthday 14/05/1969
  1. I used the amp head this evening and I loved it. Phil is a gent and a pleasure to do business with.
  2. Carol Kaye's website

    I like Carol Kaye's books a lot. The presentation is not as slick as you expect these days and there are some notational errors, IMHO. However, the content is gold and repays working, [i]especially[/i] as study books to use with a teacher who can show you what you should be trying to get out of them. Carol Kaye posts out the books herself direct from her office in the USA, so the postal charges are high but you get her signature for free A friend of mine had an online lesson with Carol Kaye and it was great. Her learnt lots in the lesson and is still working on the recording of the lesson 6 months after the event. He's a pro bass player, by the way. I am sorry some of you had disappointing experiences with the DVD, which I have never seen. I'd agree that the books have flaws but I still think she's a great teacher.
  3. I will, as feared, be on my way to Stansted that day. Have a great time.
  4. Oldschool Trace Elliott 15" combo

    Here's a link to the tread via which I got this combo [url="http://basschat.co.uk/topic/70563-trace-gear"]http://basschat.co.uk/topic/70563-trace-gear[/url]
  5. I am interested but early October is a busy time of year for me in my day job. I might have to be travelling out on that Sunday. I will see how things work out nearer the time.
  6. SOLD ........TC Electronics Rig

    Would you be prepared to sell just the head? If so, on what terms? Thanks, N
  7. Oldschool Trace Elliott 15" combo

    Thanks redstriper, there is, indeed, absolutely nothing wrong with this after all. In fact, it is so good I just kept it for another good few months. However, I am now definitely upgrading and a Barefaced Big Baby 2 is on its way. My wife is now desperate to see the back of this sizeable combo. [url="https://soundcloud.com/nicholas-merriam/sets/trace-elliot-15-combo-sound"]Here are a couple of sound clips[/url]. The upright is a Golden Strad with very new Obligatos using a Fishman Full Circle pickup into a Fishman B2 preamp. The electric is a StingRay with d'Addario flatwounds. All settings everywhere completely flat. There is substantial background noise because[list=1] [*]the amp is [i]not[/i] super-silent and I had to do the recording at very low volume, so that the noise is more apparent [*]I used my phone for the recording [/list] I'll take offers. I got the amp when I had a budget of £300 for a combo and couldn't accept the tone quality of anything I could get new for that price. I was very happy indeed with what I got and I very much hope that the next owner will have a similar experience.
  8. Not gig? What do you mean 'not gig'?

    I agree. I am horrified when I see that people are advertising their basses and amps as "ungigged". What on earth did they get it for then? Did they steal it from a shop window?
  9. Oldschool Trace Elliott 15" combo

    Yes. When I went to make the recording, I discovered that there is a fault. Low E to D make a woolly, farty sound. I will let this fall down the llistings and either bump it when fixed or relist, unfixed, with a completely honest description of the problem.
  10. Oldschool Trace Elliott 15" combo

    Oops. Ignorance showing. Warm tone, age and weight made me think it was valve-based.
  11. Oldschool Trace Elliott 15" combo, no tweeter. I don't know that much about the origins. It is a GP11 put together with a very good driver. It's not as loud or as portable as modern kit but the tone is amazing and the 11 band EQ is famous already, I don't need to say anything about it. Oh go on then just about every setting sounds good but you still have great control to shape the sound. Would be perfect for a studio or a recording player, or gigs where phat tones are more important than anything else. Sound samples to follow. [Edited to remove references to valves after it was pointed out that it doesn't have any! ]
  12. Pro Bassist Available Yorkshire and Beyond

    Hi Dave. I can't believe we have not run into each other yet, given how small York is. I don't always get paid for gigs but it would be good if you could dep for paying ones that I cannot make. Having said that, most of my gigs are on upright.
  13. Jazz Walking Bass Lines

    When you have done all that, go and see what Victor Wooten says about note choice. It's only one tenth of playing music
  14. Jazz Walking Bass Lines

    I agree with Bilbo about underlining the difference, in On Green Dolphin Street, between the section with little harmonic movement and the section with lots of harmonic movement. Nostalgia in Times Square works a bit like that too. I am curious to know what you mean by your approach not working. What do you want to hear from your line that you are not getting? The better you can answer that question, the closer you are to the answer. If I were to start playing On Green Dolphin Street right now, I would use mostly, if not exclusively, chord tones whilst we are playing the tune. If playing in 4, I won't always change note every beat, so that my notes might change "in 2" even though I am playing crotchets. Keep it simple and outline the harmony. If it's a jam, you can't be sure how well everybody knows the tune so this is the time to be super clear. Roots and fifths are the framework and the rest fits in around those key notes. As the solos get going, I would expect to introduce other notes from the scales in a linear way, then adding some more chromaticism if it feels good under the particular soloist. Don't feel pressured to get too fancy. Nobody will thank you for it. At some point I will definitely pedal Eb for the first 7 bars (maybe popping up the octave now and again), probably under a "vigorous" solo. That's just a great line to play and it is gifted to you in the writing. Apart from that, just play and see what happens. There is a descending line through the first 7 bars G, G, Gb, Gb, F, E, Eb and I would probably highlight that at some point. You could alternate between Eb and those notes in 4 (of course, there is no alternation in bar 7 as you just play Eb four times) and have a great line, resolving to an E on the first beat of the C7 in bar 8. One more point, try to never go to 100%. You never know when the soloist is going to hit yet another gear and you might need something in reserve