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  • Birthday 20/10/1950

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  1. It's amazing how quickly tech changes. When I used to attend country music festivals and gigs in the 90s everyone wanted cassettes (tapes as they would say) to play in the car. CDs then made an impact but now downloads seem the in thing. If you want to get your music played on the radio a CD may get more attention as it is a physical product and cannot be lost among a load of emails. The booklet that comes with a CD (or Vinyl sleeve notes) provides useful information and gives a better "connection" between the artist and the punter. I work in radio and would much rather have a CD than mp3 attachments to emails. Emailed tracks may get played once but then get forgotten about because they are not constantly in front of me. If you want airplay the station will need a lot of info from you i.e.; Song Title, Performer, Composer, Music Publisher, Record Label and catalogue number. Without that information you stand little chance of your songs being played or receiving royalty payments.
  2. Wow Owen, you set a very high bar. I'm not sure I can play it that well!
  3. When I get a list of songs I check out the music manuscript on our church site and make up a chord chart. I then work around the chords with arpeggios and chromatic fills if there is room. Most sheet music shows the bass line for the left hand of the pianist and is not suitable for the bass player. In a few weeks time we shall be playing "Crown Him With Many Crowns" and our sheet music actually has a bass line I can follow on the bass guitar! It's not too involved and has been great practise at reading music. I've tried to become more proficient at reading music but, as so little of our songs provide bass guitar lines, I don't get much opportunity. I still think that the old KISS principal is the best (Keep It Simple, Stupid) and that we should play as well as we can but not be distracting. I just hope that when I get to play the rest of the band have learned the same version!
  4. Although I can play using all four strings, I do prefer the tone of notes played on the E and A strings. The note D played on the A string has a much better tone to it (to my ears) than an open D string. I'm currently working on a song for church which has a top note of G but instead of using the open G, I play the note on the D string for a more muted tone. In theory, you could play most bass lines on just the E string - now there's a challenge! Anyway, four strings and four fingers - a match made in heaven.
  5. I've been following a series of Youtube podcasts by Sovereign Grace Music and enjoyed this episode very much. It deals with the instrumentalist's role in worship and gives a lot of food for thought.
  6. The main problem with Bass Direct is their weekly emails that do nothing to supress my GAS!
  7. Before covid hit we sometimes had a get-to-gether of friends from church. There would be a few daft party games, good food and (non-alcoholic) drink. The fact it was New Year's Eve was immaterial. Come 12.15am we all went home! I've never understood why some people make NYE such a big deal. There's that awful countdown, party poppers going off and a rendition of a song no-one understands. The date changes but that's it. Life goes on as before. If you are going out, have a great time but life after midnight will be the same as before the clock strikes 12 - only a bit drunker!
  8. These little gadgets from DAddario are great for securing the strap to the bass. A combination of a thick leather strap and the shape of my bass guitar's strap buttons means that the rubber, beer bottle locks, keep shooting off in all dirctions! These do the trick.
  9. I do wish shops would quote the weight of the basses in their adverts. It would save a lot of time when trying to find a nice lightweight bass
  10. My wife plays oboe in the local amateur orchestra and posted part of one of their performances on Faceache. Faceache took it down as they thought it was The Royal Philharmonic! Out local orchestra carries that as a badge of honour!
  11. It always amazes me how many "apparant" left handers play the bass. There are loads of people showing off their bass licks on Faceache who look to be left handed until you realise that they don't have the gumption to alter the camera on their 'phone to show them the right way round. It was always a comfort for me to see that most of the Muppets were left handed!
  12. I don't take my mobile 'phone to church. I'm there to worship and praise God not check my emails and texts.
  13. We are doing a new song (to us) this weekend and although I am not involved, I'm having a go at it anyway. It's "Sing We A Song Of Emmanuel" by Matt Boswell & Co. It skips along at a fair rate of knots so there isn't much scope, within the verses, for anything other that root notes (that's my excuse). The problem is that it only has three chords; A flat, B flat and E flat but I keep doing an Eric Morecambe, playing all the right notes but not necessarily in the right order! If at first...
  14. Picking up on rotas for playing; Our latest rota, sent out via email, takes us to the first week in March. It lists who is doing what at each service, from the welcome team to setting out the chairs, playing in the band, leading the service, preaching, children's activities etc. I print out the schedule and highlight the dates when I am down to play or do the Bible reading. I received the song list for the next two Sundays yesterday and although I am not due to play until three weeks time, I shall be practicing the songs at home. This has two benefits. 1) It makes me pick up the bass and play it. 2) I shall be ready to fill in incase someone has to drop out. Our system is that if someone cannot do the week they are scheduled for they have to contact someone else on the list to swap days. Obviously a drummer will swap with another drummer, vocalist with vocalist etc. The rota is prepared by our church secretary, who has just given birth to her third daughter, and it is a work of art! Being able to plan ahead is essential for things to work well but, of course, situations arise when last minute changes have to be made because of life getting in the way. As the old Boy Scout motto said, "Be Prepared"!
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