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  1. We used to finish our set with a version of the Last of the Mohicans tune (The Gael) and it built from a slow start until it was a galloping bass line. Frequently I used to get cramp in my fingers during this after a whole night of playing, so I started playing this tune with a pic. It stopped the cramps which would turn my hand into a useless claw!
  2. Another thing to watch out for is sibilance. Apologies if you know about this but in case you don’t. Having your mouth too close to the mic when pronouncing “S” or “CH” sounds can cause an un attractive hiss if you don’t learn how to control it. Again, I had years of practice but you still need a sound check just in case it’s not you.
  3. Syncopation alone isn't all bad. There’s syncopation and there’s syncopation. Some songs can be really quite complicated and vary in timings but for some reason you can nail them. Possibly because the vocal works around the varying rythms Then there’s others (“all these things I’ve done” for me) where the simplest little bit can floor you and you just can’t get it. I will reiterate, the bass part needs to be learned ad nauseum so that EVERY bit of concentration is given to the vocal. I know if I had given more time to rehearsing that verse I would have got it but I always thought we are getting away with it and I have so much else to learn. we used to play “into the mystic” by Van Morrison. No trouble. “Crazy little thing called love” by queen. Again, no trouble. The syncopated parts in those songs offered no problems but that damned Killers song!
  4. im the opposite. I like to use a pick for certain songs for the attack but I find I get all mixed up when I need to play different strings. I’m just so used to playing finger style.
  5. We used to play "All These Things I've Done" by The Killers. Dead easy bass line but I struggled to play and sing the verse because of the timing of the bass. I tried and tried but couldn't do both. I had to simplify it and it annoyed the hell out of me every time we played it. I could play far more complicated songs and sing over them but that one always stumped me.
  6. I remember many years ago when I was first forced into singing (our very average singer had left) and I first heard my voice coming from speakers it was weird. It takes a bit of getting used to at first. I think you just have to say f*** it! And just belt it out. You will soon learn how to regulate your voice
  7. I was the bass player and singer for our band for many years. I always hated the sound of my own voice but people kept saying I was decent. I tried getting someone else in to sing but everyone said it won't be the same band so I was stuck with it. As for singing and playing, you just have to get the bass part learned until it's pure muscle memory so that you can concentrate on the vocal. If it's a particularly hard part break it down and think which notes land on which lyric and try and play it simplified. Once you get that then you can try to add the rest of the fills or whatever. It worked for me.
  8. I am not going to keep this going only to say that Rod Stewart knew exactly what he was doing but underestimated the trouble he would cause. No one has a problem with him supporting one team or the other but rubbing peoples faces in it? I am sure if you stood up in Liverpool and wore an Everton shirt you would cause similar unrest. same with Sunderland and Newcastle. It doesn't matter if sound minded people say that's ridiculous. It happens.
  9. You obviously have no clue about the tribalism that goes on with football in this part of the world. Wearing another teams colours is about as serious a crime as you could get.
  10. I cannot agree with this. Singers can have political views but they should not talk about them when they perform. I once saw Hugh and cry at a festival. The singer did nothing but preach his politics the whole way through their set. I didn't care much for them before but absolutely detested them afterwards. If a singer has strong political views he/she runs the risk of alienating some of their audience. It's rather like Rod Stewart coming onstage in Glasgow wearing a Celtic strip. He nearly caused a riot, then said oh, I didn't realise it would cause so much trouble. You wear any colours in any city and you immediately cause a divide.
  11. As opposed to the l.e.d. days of the 2000's
  12. Well I live in Oban so have to travel 100 miles to Glasgow to get into a music shop. There was one here but it's closed now and only does online sales. I do come up to Aberdeen all too often for my job but never have I looked around for music shops. I realise there are smaller shops but as far as cities go when there's a large shop you expect to see a wide range of instruments, even if a lot are second hand.
  13. Guitar Guitar in Glasgow has plenty of 5 string basses. Fretless, lefties , you name it. I thought that was normal.
  14. Funnily enough, I am not a huge fan but I have all of their albums and when they come on on random I quite enjoy them but I totally agree about Bonio. He is an annoying twatt!
  15. Personally, I think they are too commercial for the heavy metal fans and too heavy for the pop fans. If you go past their singles they have some great songs.
  16. I created a thread ages ago asking why so many didn't like Nickelback. Some said because they are shyte and various other insults. I like them and saw them live a few years ago. They were great and had a superb sound. They are one of the most successful rock bands ever so I guess they don't mind too much.
  17. Not on this particular thread but there have been other mentions of Adam Clayton where he got some terrible stick from some. Same with Mike Kroeger.
  18. I don't get the hatred of Clayton. Same as the hatred for Mike Kroeger out of Nickelback. They play just what the songs need. Maybe they are told to just play what's needed. If you look at Cliff Williams from AC/DC, he is told to keep it simple. Same with the drumming. No fills or rolls. Just simple. Let Angus take the spotlight. None of these guys care as they are pocketing a fortune and the fans are happy.
  19. I always think this when folk slag off players. Im sure they are worried about your opinion as they drive their Lotus into their massive driveway.
  20. I'm jealous because I can't play because of my poxy job. We used to always play at Christmas and New Year. I miss it like hell.
  21. I agree but I also disagree as looks are very important too.
  22. Every time you hear fake fart noises they always sound more like skitters than a nice safe dry fart.
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