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  • Birthday 02/06/1971

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  1. I have a bh250 too and started out using an old laptop bag. Then I was given a Targus laptop backpack...a game changer! It has so many places to stow away leads, amp, screwdrivers, straps, nail clippers, bananas, marker pens, a towel, etc... I can hardly lift it now but it's perfect for gigging. Btw, I'm sure other laptop backpacks are available but I love my Targus 😊
  2. Love this...that Funkadelic sticker. And is that an Ozrics sticker? I bought a cheapie Peavey bass about 15 years ago (Milestone 1, Β£60 2nd hand). As well as new pups, bridge and tuners I covered the scratch plate in any stickers I could find. I was in an indie rock band at the time so it went with the image. 10 years down the line and I find myself in a function band and, only owning basses of the 4 string variety, requiring a bass to drop a semi tone. I just removed the scratch plate and hey presto...a future proof, multi tasking cheap bass πŸ‘
  3. Love these basses, bought mine on here a year ago, tweaked the preamp, lowered the action, it's now my go to bass, my work horse. This is a great price for a quality bass, if I didn't own one already... GLWTS.
  4. Do you think Guy shifting his basses and guitars around in the background is his homage to Joe Wicks' daily PE lesson 'spot the difference'? I've been enjoying the lockdown licks but having listened to Toy Matinee I don't get why people rave about that album...different strokes I guess, maybe it's a grower.
  5. I think I'm like one of those restaurants you see on Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares. I look pretty good until you delve deeper, then you discover the freezer is full of shop bought, the fridge has mould growing everywhere and the chef is some dysfunctional idiot who taught himself to cook! I do a pretty good 'Tears of a Clown' though 😁
  6. Great album...the audience singing along always makes me smile, Weeks bass playing is spot on too.
  7. The 'Vulf' in the top left corner gives it away, didn't the guitarist from Vulfpeck post this? He's a pretty decent bassist apparently.
  8. Just 2 points... The dust mask is on upside down and my wife prefers me using duck tape over her mouth 😷😁
  9. I'll have to listen to that tune with my bass ears, I've never really taken much notice of the bass playing in the Tull (light blue touch paper, stands back waiting for fireworks of abuse! 😁). The last 5 years I've been playing Stevie Wonder tunes more and more. I love playing and listening to the bass parts in I Wish and Superstition. Very challenging too when you change drummers and they have a different way of playing their part. All the Stevie tunes we play are interesting, difficult and fun, as I'm not James Jamerson I've had to adapt (simplify) For Once In My Life, it would probably take me about 6 months to learn it properly...oh, hang on, I've probably got about 6 months of free time πŸ˜†πŸ˜·
  10. I want you back by the Jackson 5 has that bridge and I'm suffering to get that at the right tempo. I've played it slowly for a while then speed it up but it's a real sausage to get it right! Great tune to learn otherwise πŸ‘, I'll get it eventually.
  11. Higher and Higher was a challenge for me too! At first if my mind wandered I lost it, eventually I found that focussing on smiling (or clenching my teeth 😁) got me through it. Playing it live, everyone gets up to dance to it... this somehow made it easier if a crowd were up enjoying themselves.
  12. After years of playing in bands without a keys player I've now played with 3 very, very good ones in the last 4 years! The soul band I currently play with have 2 of the 3 and those guys play the piano parts, string parts, organ parts and the horn section parts too! (We do have a horn section but money and space dictate how often they play!). I think we've been blessed but the set we play attracts the right kind of guys anyway, what self respecting keyboard player wouldn't want to play Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, James Brown, Lionel Rich Tea, etc. If you have a set of songs where they can show off, the good ones will come knocking 😊
  13. I played a jazz bass from 2003 until I bought a 5 string ibanez in January 2018! It's a sunburst MIM and it's had a couple of modifications, I kind of stuck with it through loyalty and I like the look of jazzes but as soon as I played the Ibbie 5 string...BOOM! It was like I ditched the Mrs and ran off with Scarlett Johansson 😊
  14. @gareth we go out as a 5 piece for pubs n clubs and generally get Β£50-Β£60 each. Some of the social clubs pay a better rate if you're good and you attract a few punters. About 10-12 years ago I was in a band and we wrote our own tunes, we'd get about Β£90-Β£120 per gig at the Winchester Gate (Salisbury) between us. So small divided between 4 of us so we put it in the kitty for studio time.
  15. Around the Salisbury area the gig scene seems to be thriving. I would say there's a lot of covers bands in the area and a fair few pubs, clubs, festivals and events for them to play. Having said that I'm in a soul band playing mostly 60s and 70s soul n funk and we didn't get a single gig in Salisbury itself in 2019 despite the number of venues and events. Generally you'd have to be playing the right kind of music although I think we'll have a busier '20 now that we have a good social media presence and people have heard how good we are from playing gigs around the area! The originals scene is pretty good here too, 2019 saw a few of the bands playing the larmer tree fest and a couple of promoters are very supportive of the 'scene'. I think the novichock scandal seem to shake things up a bit and events suddenly became a big thing to bring people back to the city, there was definitely a rise in the number of gigs after that.
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