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  1. I would suggest that it's your fingers that are the problem, not the strings. Next time this happens, put the tiniest smear of Vaseline on your fingertips. if this cures the problem, you've found what was causing the problem. And if you're worried about your strings getting greasy because of the Vaseline, just give them a wipe with a dry cloth afterwards.
  2. I'll just park this here on a Sunday morning. Enjoy. 😊
  3. OK, not strictly bass related, but worth a watch and listen - it's only 1min 45 secs.
  4. Quite right, lurksalot, I would've done just the same. You're doing it to assist in what could be one of the most important days in two people's lives, not necessarily just for your old band's sake. And I hope your old band thanked you profusely. Good karma has been created, and one day you might find it's repaid somehow, ......hopefully ! 🤗
  5. This absolutely. Apart from a period in the '80's when a band I was in used to back cabaret acts fairly often, I have never ever seen any sheet music on stage, keyboard players excepted. - and this is why classical musicians who are used to having dots in front of them are notoriously bad at playing pop or rock. ....other opinions are available.
  6. I'm usually doing deps, sometimes having to play covers from all eras. It would be pretty hard to do this without some pick skills. And it's a very necessary skill for some country music. For different eras, it generally works out something like this: 50's - fingers 60's - fingers or muted pick (as per Carol Kaye) 70's - mostly fingers 80's - slap, fingers 90's - pick or fingers, whatever's best to recreate an approximation of the original (often this was synth bass) 00's onwards - mostly fingers - with pick where necessary. For example I think the main syncopated riff for Bruno Mars 'Locked Out Of Heaven' would be really, really difficult without a pick.
  7. Nick Campbell - first came across him working with Pomplamousse. Just a tiny bit talented. YouTube title sounds a bit clickbaity, but he really plays this to within an inch of it's life 😯😨😵
  8. .... and not forgetting the wonderful Mononeon ! 🤗
  9. Yes, I can remember decorating the ceiling when i was about 15... ...a small amount of touching up is all I can manage now....
  10. I love depping and have quite a bit of experience doing this. For me, the more last minute the better - there's nothing quite like the buzz of meeting a band for the first time at a venue and playing straight off with no rehearsals. Experience, versatility and a good ear is everything, plus a pretty encyclopaedic knowledge of popular covers so you can mostly play them by ear straight off. Good luck with this - try and build up your background knowledge of standard covers, and don't worry if things go pear shaped now and then - you're depping, after all, and the band will usually be delighted if most of it is right! https://www.lastminutemusicians.com/blog/popular-cover-songs-2500-set-lists/
  11. Here's another idea - learn to play your bass lines with loads of well placed ghost notes. This can really fill out the rhythm, and once you've mastered the technique it becomes almost second nature.
  12. This has all the bad smell of a brand/company that has completely lost it's way. If they were smashing up a shipload of knockoff Chinese copies and they were claiming they were 'dangerous' I could just about understand this, but to proudly and publically declare your own guitars are nothing more than useless firewood is mind numbing lunacy. If you're deliberately going to destroy stock then you'd surely do that as privately as possible. Will the last person to buy a Gibson please put the lights out as you leave.
  13. For uploads, you don't have to use Soundcloud - you can upload an MP3 file straight into your post (as I did earlier) And as for your TinFoilHat browser, I understand it's a very popular choice amongst Welsh conspiracy theorists, look you.
  14. I find all these posters who are taliking about similar attitudes from other members of their bands quite unbelievable. Are you the bass player? - yes. Is this the band you play in ? - yes. Give or take the odd weirdly shaped stage or playing area, do you always put your amp in roughly the same place? - yes So, the rest of the band know where you go and roughly how much space you need for your amp - so what's with this crazy attitude? It must get the night off to a really bad start if this is happening. Some people need to b****y well grow up. You're supposed to be making music together, not having ego wars.
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