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  1. I have no idea, I have never been to the plaice.
  2. How to murder a Nile Rodgers groove - Le Freak study.
  3. During the meat raffle we left to get some fish n chips. Made the mistake of taking it back to the club and eating in a side room - this didn't go down too well. We are playing the same club later this year, the chippy down the road is rather good...
  4. Hi, is this still available?
  5. I am a bit prone to cramp, it's happened a few times. Maybe I'm doing something wrong.. the last four songs are a lot less busy so it sorted itself.
  6. Dep gig at Laarsens in Basingstoke, not that many people for the first set but it got a bit more lively for set two. The usual amusing mix of slightly lubricated ladies of varying ages and grumpy looking blokes at the bar. The drummer invited the sax player from his other band to come along - no rehearsal, the rest of us hadn't met her. Apparently has been a pro session player - she was fab. Just worked of a list of keys for each tune, a few songs got extended for sax solo's so I had to keep my ears open. I managed to get cramp in my left hand playing Footloose - it's late in the second set - trying to play that bassline with a stump of twisted digits didn't go too well.. Typical immovable punters when trying to cart stuff out at the end.
  7. I like the look of those semi-acoustic Chowny basses. I don't need one and I have never played one. But it's in my head now and it won't go away... ☺
  8. I think you may find that some think Mr Barnes is a bit too "busy" for their liking. Having seen Chic on the telly at Glastonbury in 2013 and 2017 and also their Radio 2 concert in November I take a different view. I was also fortunate to see them at the o2 in October - it was great. Gerry puts on a show and at least makes the bass a feature of the performance - anonymous bass player - perhaps not. I like that. With the fella on the drums giving it the beans it gives the rhythm section a shove in the right direction. We as bass players do an important job - it's good when just occasionally this stuff gets a bit of visibility.
  9. They tell me what they think but they stink and I really don't care.
  10. AC/DC - for the rock n roll Tina Turner - for the show Nile Rodgers - for the groove
  11. Interesting re Chaka Khan, she clearly still has a massive voice - however from where I was (quite high up looking straight at the stage) the sound was a bit dodge. Plus, I'm only familiar with a bit of the stuff she did. I was trying to work out what 5 string jazz the bass player was using - the headstock looked a bit Sire ish. The sound got much better with Chic. Jerry Barnes probably does a bit too much but I rather like his approach, some inappropriate pops and bangs maybe but it's quite joyous stuff and those concerned about the bass player being anonymous need not worry about Jerry. I assume he is a little less exuberant in the studio; we had the same debate regarding the Glastonbury set. The drummer gives it a go and the singers are (IMO) good. I assume only Nile is an original member so the cover band tag is a easy to apply. I'm just happy to hear this stuff live and from the reaction of those in the crowd so are plenty of others.
  12. Coldplay might not be your favourite band but who wouldnt want to headline Glasto? I would rather be doing their job than walking into my warehouse / production unit at 7,30 every morning.
  13. Cream. Most of what I have heard sounds like big ego's playing over each other. I have tried to listen to that Albert Hall concert from 1968 - never managed to get to the end. I guess it's one of those "You had to be there" moments to get it.
  14. I nagged him out of his electronic kit for the following reasons. 1/ I don't want to rely on the foldback in order to hear what he is doing. 2/ The audience expect to see a kit, it provides a focal point - a few black plastic circles is disappointing visually. 3/ I don't think it sounds as good. Thank you for all the replies, as I expected my question was a bit pointless as there are so many variables there is no easy answer. Mr Drummer has yet to find an acoustic kit. However, I have a dep gig on the 16th with an acoustic kit in attendance - I will pay a bit more attention and see what if any goes through the pa.
  15. OH - Over head? One mic for everything else?
  16. Up till now for gigs our drummer has been using an electric kit. After some nagging he is considering buying an acoustic kit. For a typical pub gig is it necessary to mic up bass drum and snare? I guess I'm probably asking a typically general question but some opinion would helpful. If yes we need to buy stuff to make it happen.
  17. Really good to see him in his prime. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01m5j5g/sounding-out-bb-king#group=p058ksdq
  18. Excellent, I'll aim for a nice clean tone that works in the room and just get on with it.
  19. Questions about tone are a regular thing so I know I'm not breaking new ground here... But. Given the variabilities inherent in differing venues is it unrealistic to try and replicate the bass tone as per the original recording? Many cover bands will do a range of tunes from a variety of genres. What works for one song won't be right for another. For example we do Rescue Me, the bass intro is important and the tone matters. I'm trying to get to it, but with a Sire Jazz, Hartke Bass Attack and LH500 there are a lot of potential knobs to twiddle. Perhaps too many! As a relatively inexperienced live performer should I just set a decent tone for each venue and apply the same to everyting. Do others spend much time during a gig adjusting stuff? I look at our guitarist with his mass of pedals and think perhaps I should make more effort with this.
  20. When I started playing again a few years ago the chap that really helped was MarloweDK. He plays stuff I like and does it well. Plus he seems like nice bloke. When I need to learn a new song I try and sort it out myself, then look on You Tube to see if I'm wrong.
  21. From players who tour with big name bands to people like me that get a relatively small number of gigs per year - it's a big range. You would expect a player on tour doing the same set every couple of days would be pretty solid. I try my best and am generally never happy. The fact that most people don't notice errors doesn't stop me aiming higher and working at improving my ability. Being well practiced should allow me to enjoy the gig and not worry about errors, this is a good thing. Blue makes his living playing bar gigs and not working in an office, warehouse etc. Sounds great but is no doubt a lot of hard work - so it's a serious business. Is there enough money playing pub gigs over here to make a living?
  22. Get the Funk Out by Extreme, the solo by Nuno Bettencourt is the dogs danglers.
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