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Everything posted by TrevorR

  1. Yes, I saw you drift over to the monitor guys for a stern word every so often - only a bass player would have noticed. Sound out front was pristine though. And the atmosphere out front was great!
  2. Fantastic evening out on Friday at Hampton Pool singing and dancing along with some cracking tunes courtesy of Bootleg Blondie and The ELO Experience. And groovy bass courtesy of our very own @casapete
  3. No, you need to start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start. When you read you begin with ABC, when you sing you begin with doh - re - me. The first three notes just happen to be, doh-re-me.
  4. And similarly it doesn't hurt to learn more about techniques that help your playing - whether that's understanding the language to describe ones you already use or expanding your playing by learning new ones. Ghost notes is a good example. 20 years ago my wife decided get some singing lessons at an evening class at ACM in Guildford. So I thought, "I'll enrol in the class that runs in parallel." We both then went on to do some 1-2-1 courses after that. My tutor looked at my playing and said, "You know, you never ever use any ghost notes." "Don't I? What are they?" So we spent a few weeks working on them and since then they've been a really central part of how I play too. I love the effect that they have on a line or a rhythm. But I use them completely naturally and unconsciously now. I kinda think of it like learning to drive. "Left foot down, ease off the gas slightly, move gear lever out of slot, move it into new slot, lift left foot to bite point, slowly lift left foot while increasing pressure on the accelerator..." Once you've learned to drive you never actively think about the process, you just instinctively change gear. And again, you could happily get through life referring to the "left foot pusher", "middle slow down foot pusher" and "right hand side go faster foot pusher". So much easier though when you call them the "clutch", "brake" and "accelerator" pedals.
  5. Almost too many to choose from... Herbie, Phil Lynott, Geddy Lee, Dave Paton, John Wetton, Kelly Groucutt... all of whom were huge influences as I was growing up as a bass player. However, I’ll have to plump for Chris Squire in the end. A hugely inspirational player who created the most inventive basslines with in complex music but always with a huge sense of melody. His bass could have so easily been lost under a sea of drums and synths and guitar but yet it is always there taking authority over the music. For me on albums like Close To The Edge is simultaneously holds down the bottom end while still creating delightful countermelodies which form as much a part of the music’s distinctiveness as Steve Howe’s guitar or Rick Wakeman’s keyboards. A lead bass player with a fantastic lead bass tone who never failed to ensure that his bass lines were still 100% part of the team and helping to lift the whole of the tune and the other band members to a higher artistic space. There’ll never be another like him.
  6. I bought an Eden Californiwah and then proceeded to fall in love with the sound it makes only to fin pd it needs a 15V supply when trying to put it on my pedal board. Swapped my T-Rex Fuel Tank for a Palmer power supply from Thomann. The PWT12 has four outputs which can switch between 9V, 12V, 15V and 18V. https://www.thomann.de/gb/palmer_pwt_12_mk_2.htm Warning though, it comes with a European power supply (they don’t make a 3 pin one yet) so make sure that Thomann throw in a free adaptor socket. Works really well with my pedalboard and is slim enough to mount underneath.
  7. @musicbassman and @Woodinblack count your blessings BIG TIME!
  8. True, maybe coz I clicked some SBL or Beato or other stuff or something. However, I can honestly say I've never clicked on one of his videos - half a second of the autoplay preview is more than enough for my stomach. Maybe the FB algorithm just hates me?
  9. Not so much YouTube but Chip Boaz keeps turning up on my Facebook feed and he just annoys me... Oh for goodness sake just shut your mouth and stop gurning the whole time!
  10. Friday 19th July, but all sold out now - supported by Bootleg Blondie. One of their summer concerts. https://www.hamptonpool.co.uk/concerts/ It went within a week, as did The Bootleg Beatles. Tickets still left for Paul Carrack/Katrina, Trevor Horn/Never the Bride and The BLues Band/Ten Years After. Really looking forward to it. First time taking the tiddler to a proper gig.
  11. Hampton Pool? We’ll see you there. Bit easier to spot in that crowd than Sunday’s! Lol!
  12. I couldn't believe some of the prices on his relatively non-iconic gear. $40k for a 1982 Charvel Bass, $40 for an Overwater Classic bass, $100k for a 2014 DG sig strat, $93k for a 1986 Wilkes "The Answer" slidey pickup Stratalike, $100k for a mid 80s Takamine 12-string electro... But only $50k for a Tony Zemaitis fretless acoustic bass!!?!?!! There are clearly some very happy mega-rich Pink Floyd collectors around the place this week. But like others have said, good on DG and great result for the charity!
  13. The always interesting The Listening Service did a similar documentary on electronic music technology last year. Also onBBC Sounds... https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09dxbfg
  14. I was wondering the exact same thing... the Retroglide can push out up to 800W (call it 500ish into an 8Ω cab). Why the need to be using both. If by chance you did need both together (tho I can’t for the life of me think why in quiet France) get a Boss LS2 or similar and just go into the front end of both amps...
  15. TBH for a soul funk band you could do a lot worse than “Bubinga” ...asthe suggestions so far have amply demonstrated!
  16. This version is glorious. And their car park car chase music for Tomorrow Never Dies is fab too. I’ve got a soft spot for Moby’s Re-version Of the Bond theme too. I voted for Carly Simon as I’ve always loved that theme tune - it was my first Bond at the cinema too. But there are so many vying for second place... Macca and Wings, Gladys, Cornell, Crow and Garbage... fantastic.
  17. Or throw in an Audere preamp. Lovely and transparent tone in non cut/boosted mode but with a really musical range of tone controls. And if you go for the "Z" control option you get a three way switch that loads the pickups in different ways (whatever that means) and creates some great character options and growl. Fab little preamp!
  18. That was about the one thing I did know about Shakespeare’s Sister. Never liked the band back in the day but I used to really fancy their bass player, Claire Kenny! Good bass player too. Played for quite a few pop acts back in the 80s and played a lovely Aria SB just like mine. Wonder if she’s still playing?
  19. A brief history of modern worship music... In the 1970s the evangelical wing of the church got into folk and folk rock (but not the good stuff) In the 80s they got into schmaltzy MOR In the 90s they got into Joshua Tree era U2 In the 2000s they got into Coldplay In the 2010s they mixed it up a bit with different ones getting into indie rock, shoegaze, EDM, Mumford & Sons (or whatever retro “Best Of” someone got for Christmas). There are a few tunes that they play at the end of church while we have coffee that always make me double take and say, “Oh, is that a track by...” Mike and the Mechanics? Tears for Fears? The Mumfords Sash!? And there’s one that’s a dead ringer for So era Peter Gabriel but I just can’t recall it now...
  20. This is utterly sacrilegious! Any devout, self respecting Christian bass player should know that the bass line to The Steve Miller Band’s The Joker should be played under the verse of Lord I Lift Your Name On High. and Paul Oakley’s Because Of You (There’s a place where the streets shine) works perfectly as a pastiche of Alright Now by Free!
  21. Certainly is... found it on t’internet. Or rather Googled Space 1999 / Eagle Transporter T-shirts.
  22. It’s really real! Ordered yesterday at £20... look what arrived at the front door this morning... Can’t wait to dive into it! If I can lift the darned thing, that is!
  23. Fantastic! Ordered and supposed to be arriving tomorrow! Let’s see, but “Yay!” all the same!
  24. Oooooh, Yes,I forgot Yes... Close to the Edge is my Yes album tho Going For The One is close behind!
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