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  1. Such sad news. The reasons for his retirement are now clear. As others have said it’s good that a veryprivate man was able to live out his last few years and his struggle with an awful condition in privacy. Rest in peace, Neil.

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  2. On 06/01/2020 at 14:53, BassPhil said:

    Oh...and there's also a whole magazine all about playing in church....it's bang up to date and includes advice for the tech team, bass player and drummer...


    Big +1 on OnSong. I curate all our chord charts and have converted them all to OnSong transposable format and PDF for old school printing. However the ability to have the band’s whole repertoire on your iPad at a swipe is really handy when the set list gets changed or songs transposed at the last minute. Love it. Better than kneeling on the floor riffling through a huge lever arch file! I use it with a Bluetooth page turner pedal which makes using it in the service a doddle!

    Here’s a few more resource pages I find really good and helpful...

    WORSHIP TOGETHER:   https://www.worshiptogether.com Lots of current/recent song sheets on here for free use, licensed by the publishers If you register. Includes transposable ChordPro format files for a load which are compatible with OnSong etc. Great video tutorials etc too. I like their “New Song Cafe” videos where a writer talks about one of their songs and demos how to play it. Use this website a lot.

    WE ARE WORSHIP: https://www.weareworship.com/uk Lots of free tutorials and download PDF song sheets when you sign up. More stuff available on subscription but I don’t bother. 

    WORSHIP READY:  https://www.worshipready.com   Similar sort of thing. Really a paid subscription service.  However, the free registration gives you access to lots of tutorials, online chord sheets and a free OnSong etc chord sheet download per month.

    C’mon @Big Rich, we’re on tenterhooks here... how did it go? ;)

  3. Echo a lot of the comments already made. Been playing bass in worship for 30+ years in a number of contexts and situations (tho not for the last 9 months for a number of health and family reasons). From pop-up churches in school halls to conference centres. My current church has its own building now but for the previous 15 years hired rooms at Sandown Park every Sunday.

    Our general format is a small rock band - drums, bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar and sometimes keys. Lucky that although none of us are pros (and range in age from 16 to 60ish) we manage to play to a pretty good standard. We’re also fortunate that all our keys players know how to stay away from the bass register! Yay! It’s great fun playing in the band as well as really rewarding. Looking forward to getting back to it this month!

    Here’s a few photos of the band... general typical Sunday set up...


    An acoustic evening we did...


    Our Pentecost service celebrating the various nationalities in the church...


    Me rockin’ the bass...




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  4. Zombie thread resurrection... ordering some strings (don’t panic, from Strings Direct) and thought... I wonder how Stringbusters is getting on after all the shenanigans a year or so ago. Like many others here I was a regular user and satisfied customer for many years - until the downhill slide. Logged onto the site URL and just found a placeholder page which is trying (and failing) to look like an ongoing guitar blog. Pretty final looking for now...


  5. 7 hours ago, Skinnyman said:

    I can’t believe no one has mentioned this gem yet....

    Not a hit, admittedly but, along with Greg Lake, one of my favourite Christmas songs.


    I love this and got the 7” when it came out too! One of my faves. I bought the super delux reissue of CS’ Fish Out Of Water simply to get the original, pre-Swiss Choir version on CD.

    PS the Swiss Choir version of Gaudete is pretty cool too...

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  6. 8 hours ago, LeftyP said:

    I thought I had posted this before but it has not appeared.  The lyrics were written by stand-up comedian Mark Lowry with music by Buddy Greene.  It gets me every time.


    Love this song too. Never heard this version before, though. Kathy Mattea has got a great voice.

    As it happens we’re doing this song this Sunday morning!

  7. @Graham’s Mariah recommendation reminded me of this one we used to do quite often in our Christmas service.  Great fun to play on bass, especially when it goes full on gospel after the false ending. 

    We would often have the singer, Miquel Brown, guesting with us - she’s got an amazing gospel voice. That was a lot of fun!

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  8. 7 hours ago, xgsjx said:

    This is probably my fave Xmas song just now. 


    I normally like Phil Wickham’s stuff (but his up tempo stuff, TBF). That was all a bit too John Lewis Christmas ad for my liking. 

    Some good songs suggested. Here are a few more of mine...

    Got this Scottish singer’s album to review and really enjoyed it...

    <iframe style="border: 0; width: 350px; height: 470px;" src="https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=3764515671/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/track=1179383947/transparent=true/" seamless><a href="http://yvonnelyon.bandcamp.com/album/i-believe-in-christmas">I Believe In Christmas by Yvonne Lyon</a></iframe>


    50% Lizzy, 50% Pistols = 100% Merry


    What Crimble’s really like for many people...

     Bert Jansch at his most (downbeat) festive...

    All Brian’s Christmas albums are a staple in our house




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  9. On 16/12/2019 at 08:37, King Tut said:

    And if anyone asks why you didn't do the gig, just tell em you were sacked.

    And sacked over a month before the gig too... If @BrunoBass has already popped up on his FB account a status along the lines of "...Band just sacked me out of the blue..." absolutely no-one is expecting that he's going to be there for "the big gig". Except the chancers in the band.

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  10. On 13/12/2019 at 23:41, BrunoBass said:

    Thank you. 

    I have no intention of doing the gig; it’s like dumping your girlfriend and still expecting her to accompany you to a pre arranged event, it’s not going to happen. 

    I told them I’d have to think about it, but by that time I just wanted get the hell out of there and go home. I think they know I won’t be playing it. 

    Glad to hear that. If YOU quit it's reasonable to "serve out your notice" while they get a replacement. If they fire you there's no notice to serve - they can't have it both ways. What utter... [feel free to finish the sentence whichever way you choose].

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  11. 3 hours ago, Cosmo Valdemar said:

    Whilst looking through the rather marvellous new Stormwatch reissue, I came across this picture - Barriemore Barlow playing this very bass! According to the text, he played the bass on Peggy's Pub while Dave had a turn on the mandolin.




    That headstock is characteristically Rob Armstrong, the Armstrong A is visible... Compare with this photo of Gordon Giltrap playing an Armstrong 6 string...



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  12. 10 minutes ago, Newfoundfreedom said:

    To be fair, the "intro" was never part of the original song. The sped up version was used on an advert, which made the song famous, but pretty much no one had ever heard the original version. So they presumably made the best of the situation and cashed in by releasing the single with the sped up version as an into so people would recognise it. Who can blame them really. 

    So another case like Cornershop where the good bit is the contribution of the DJ remixer...

  13. 10 hours ago, Chris2112 said:

    Bloody hell, I had never heard the full song though I was familiar with the intro. It makes sense as the rest of it after the intro is flipin' crap! What were they thinking? 

    Yeah, but do you remember Jas Mann turning up on all the chat shows when it came out on the Levi’s add declaring himself the new BOWIE and the saviour of rock and pop music... cringe! Made an awful song even worse...

  14. For some reason there are a few musical things I always get mixed up in my mind and subconsciously just can’t stop getting confused... Katy Perry and Kate Nash... one of them kissed a girl (and liked it) but darned if I can remember which. Ellie Goulding and Laura Marling the same... which one is which?

    For ages I was convinced Goodbye Sam, Hello Samantha was by Paul McCartney and Wings... even though I know it’s Riff Pilchard. Maybe I was getting it confused with Open The Door (And Let Them In) - this one I've got sorted now... I hope... mostly...

    My Mrs can never remember Van Morisson’s name which led to the comment in the car when “Whenever Love Shines It’s Light” came on the radio of, “Oh, is this that song by Cliff Richard and Van... Van... Van Halen?”

    Any of the rest of you similarly confused like me?

    But you're not as confused as him. It's not your job to be as confused as Nigel is.




  15. This is probably my favourite one hit wonder...

    Good set of pipes that lad on the old joanna... wonder whatever happened to him... ;)

    My other two faves are...

    ...of course, better known as “the music from the Holiday programme on telly. Gordon introduces it at shows by saying “And now I’m going to play a medley of my greatest hit.”

    And finally a little slice of NWOBHM... love this tune... it wasn’t exactly a hit but it was in the UK singles chart for 2 whole weeks. Fab bit of typically daft Rodney Matthews on the cover too...


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