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Agwin

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  1. I spent yesterday morning streaming all the compositions numerous times through my AV system to give them the best possible listen - and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Had to choose three eventually but, my word, it was no easy task with such a high standard of entries to choose from. Congratulations to one and all. Those of us that get to listen to the compositions are the real winners.
  2. Just had my 78 Precision back after a total refret, some basic sorting out of the electrics, a tidy scratchplate repair and a set up. (Which is why I was asking about Joe in the first place) Bob Barry 70 Fozbrooke Rd Small Heath B10 9JX 0121 772 4873 It helps if you like cats too - and have time to stop and chat
  3. Welcome and hello from sunny Dudley
  4. You play Bass - That's cool whatever you're wearing.
  5. Hi Twincam, I felt sad when I read your OP so I’m glad to see you’ve received so much support here on Basschat and that it seems to have made a difference and you’re feeling better about your bass playing. I can’t really add any extra (sensible) advice to what’s already been offered but if you’ll allow me to lighten the mood slightly: Mrs Ag was reading this thread over my shoulder when suddenly she piped up with, “So his GF thinks he’s not very good – she should be glad he’s not playing the trumpet or violin – THEN she’d know what “not very good” sounds like!!” Made me laugh anyway. Just remember you’re the best at being Twincam on bass.
  6. [quote name='Dad3353' timestamp='1454685714' post='2972067'] OK, folks, here's a [i]bass[/i] noodle. It's a repeated 7/4 riff, augmented by a 'double stroke' every 6 beats. Very hypnotic when played over a slow 4/4 drum beat, for instance. Season with stabbed keys and chicken-picking guitar to taste. Enjoy... [url="http://soundcloud.com/dad3353/meat-show-isolated-bass"]Meat Show Isolated Bass Noodle ...[/url] [/quote] https://youtu.be/-jHzdMo-YCc
  7. [quote name='CamdenRob' timestamp='1454664794' post='2971731'] ah don't worry about it... my isolated bass tracks have more finger noise and strings slapping the fretboard etc than notes in some cases... As others have said it's unnoticeable in a band setting . [/quote] +1
  8. Funnily enough my entry for the noodle comp was played on brand new rounds. Gotta say though - through my bass rig at serious gigging volume brand new rounds are a bit much. I’ve always played rounds and they do sound better after they’ve gone off a bit IMO. If you fancy trying for a tone that flaps your trousers, vibrates your liver AND slices your ears off at the same time try new rounds with a pick – not to everyone’s taste but, my word!
  9. Really enjoying hearing everyone’s noodles thus far – I’m glad I wasn’t left out to dry all by myself. It never ceases to amaze me what us bass players can come up with when we’re freed from our usual job of pinning down a band. As always when I hear other bass players I end up thinking, "I wish I could do that." Nice one gentlemen. If it takes off, how about calling it the Basschat Noodle Bar?
  10. OK, so someone has to be first ninny – sorry Dad3353. This’ll take longer to read about than listen to. It’s a little thing I’ve had knocking about for ages. It’s in 7/8 and I call it Neve’s Lament because “Neve’s” is seven backwards. I usually play it through twice but that would take it past the one minute threshold. Recorded directly into the PC using Audacity Playing Bass number 1 – my 78 Precision https://soundcloud.com/agwin/neves-lament
  11. Last 3 bands I went to see live were: Most recently a folk group, whose name escapes me, in a packed pub tearing it up totally acoustically. Amongst their ranks was a guy playing the tambourine like I’ve never heard before – he made it sound like a drum kit! I spoke to him after the gig and he explained how he slackens the tension of the skin so that he can stretch it with the fingers of his holding hand to get different pitches out of it and thus produce a flurry of toms or a bass drum or whatever. He said it sounds even better through a PA. Prior to that I saw a classic rock covers band with a twist. King Rocker by name. Purple, Sabbath, Led Zep, AC/DC etc belted out by a tight band fronted by an Elvis impersonator. Hearing Highway Star and Rock and Roll as sung by Elvis is an experience you don’t forget in a hurry. After the gig Mrs Ag had her photo taken with “Elvis” . https://youtu.be/Dqx3ckCfgYA?t=3m16s Last stadium headliners I saw: The mighty RRRRRRRRRRRammstein https://youtu.be/eSaa3vC_n2k?list=PLVTLbc6i-h_gbCq8E8SNXJuSh2XqzhZfg
  12. [quote name='Graham' timestamp='1452452905' post='2950084'] Try it in the passive input, if it's too hot, move it to the active [/quote] Doh!! Sometimes I amaze myself - I knew I was over thinking things!
  13. I’ve gone wireless – using a Line 6 Relay G30. Now then: My Ashdown EVO III head (like many other amps) allows switching the input for passive or active basses (in my case P Bass or Cort Curbow 4.1) – this makes sense to me when the signal from the bass is actually an impulse down a cable - but now the bass isn’t directly linked to the input and the signal travels digitally to the receiver surely I need to select whatever is appropriate for the un-digitised analog signal from the Line 6 receiver, don’t I? If that is so, do I select passive or active? There’s no mention of specs in the manual. In practice choosing passive is louder - so have I answered my own question? Thanks in anticipation for any thoughts, comments or definitive answers.
  14. When I was working as a full time driving instructor the fact that I played bass would come out in general conversation every now and again. Here’s an example of one such conversation. Client, “Oh! You’re in a band. What do you play?” Me, “Bass.” Client, “That’s the easiest one isn’t it?” Me, “Get out me car!!”
  15. You know that awesome feeling you get in your chest when a live rock band has the bass at trouser flapping volume AND audible in the mix? Well, [b][i]I[/i][/b] wanted to be responsible for that!
  16. Thanks, I guessed there was some kind of issue. Hope he's ok
  17. Anyone visited Guitar Spares & Repairs in Northampton St, Birmingham recently? I’ve been phoning regularly on the days they are open but no one ever answers and you can’t leave a message. Has something dreadful befallen Joe?
  18. [quote name='leftybassman392' timestamp='1448896540' post='2918948'] Meh! Knock yourselves out. Think of it as a theme and variations. [/quote] I salute your magnanimity,Sir. Here's a bit more bending of the rules: Having been cast away, what a delight to discover two discs in one case - so it just so happens I have Pink Floyd - Wish You were Here to listen to, too! And what’s this in my pocket? Why it’s my copy of M John Harrison’s The Centauri Device – stroke of luck there!!
  19. Also saw them a few years back at the NEC (or whatever it’s called these days) once at the start of a huge tour and again at the end of the same tour. First time bitterly disappointed – second time they were excellent.
  20. With apologies to leftybassman392 who started a proper eight single tracks thread in May this is more DESSERT island discs because I want to have my cake and eat it! Rather than individual tracks here are eight albums I could happily be cast away with. This is a current selection and is quite likely to change with the wind In no particular order but all with personal significance: Renaissance - A Song For All Seasons Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath Rush - Farewell To Kings Iron Maiden - Iron Maiden Rainbow - Rising Weather Report - Heavy Weather Deep Purple - Made In Japan Pendulum - Live At Brixton Academy As I’m well and truly bending the rules here my book of choice would be M John Harrison’s Kefahuchi Tract Trilogy (Light, Nova Swing and Empty Space) bound as a single volume. My final cheat is, as a luxury item, to be able to include a portable music device loaded with all the classical stuff I like.
  21. Yngwie Malmteen a few years ago at the O2 Academy in Brum. Sound was terrible – we stood behind the desk expecting to hear the best sound but it was awful. Mr Engineer spent the entire evening tweaking and modging and switch flicking trying to improve the sound – to no avail.
  22. Pendulum, believe it or not. Me, Mrs Ag, the Agdaughter & her mate went along to the O2 Academy in Brum a few years back, it was a very hot May evening. Serious moshing (yes the family Ag moshed too) had already started with the support act (Sub Focus) so when Pendulum came on the place just erupted. It was so hot and humid that the venue was dishing out drinks of water to any one and everyone. Despite chanting and clapping for what seemed like ages the band didn’t return to play any encores – the lights came up to plenty of boo-ing and we all grudgingly left, soaking wet, emerging into cool fresh air. We found out the following day that the humidity was so great that various bits of equipment started failing during the set so the band were muddling through hoping to at least finish the set before performing became impossible. So “technical problems” was the reason but we weren’t told this at the time – hence the disappointment. That aside it was a cracking night and full marks for completing the set without any of us having a clue things were getting desperate.
  23. Gillan, Glover, Paice, Blackmore & Lord together as Deep Purple Rainbow with Dio Queen with Freddie
  24. Is it just me? Often when I have a cover to learn I give it a good old ear’ole and end up doubting my self in what I hear. I then turn to tab (usually the one with rhythm too) only to find some of the bass line confirmed and other parts where I’m thinking that’s definitely NOT what I’m hearing (or think I’m hearing?) and go back to the good old ears.
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