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  1. 9 hours ago, PaulWarning said:

    Not keen on Mr Rotten's effort either

    I am the antichrist

    I am an anarchist ( mispronounced to make it rhyme)

    TBF it must have annoyed the hell out of him to have thought up the great couplet only to find it doesn't quite rhyme 😃

    Yep, that one annoys me too.

    Also from Holiday in the sun:

    I wanna see some history,

    Cos now I've got a reasonable economy

  2. He is the bassist I admire more than any other, my bass hero if you like (followed by JJ Burnel).  I learnt Limelight over the latest lockdown, mainly using Songsterr bass tabs.  There is quite a bit of divergence from the Songsterr bass tab and the isolated bass clip in the link, particularly during the guitar solo, so that was useful for me to hear.  

    I was told once that all online tabs have to include errors, for reasons of copyright?

    I like the phrase 'traditionally flashier instruments' at the end of paragraph 6.

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  3. You just need a daisy chain cable.  Analogue pedals are usually ok with sharing a power supply though it helps if the 9v outputs on your power supply are isolated.

    Digital pedals prefer their own dedicated supply but you can always try it and see if you get much noise.


    The above is for a 5 way but search around and yo'll find a 2 way somewhere.

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  4. 7 hours ago, bassace said:

    ... And I can do a two hour gig no trouble at all.

    But the trouble is that, even looking back ten years ago, I look so bloody old. It’s embarrassing to me and it must be embarrassing to the band.

    I reckon the only person at the venues you play that cares about your age is yourself. You wrote that you could do a 2 hour gig and I presume you can remember the songs, so what's the issue?

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  5. On 19/02/2021 at 07:45, Lozz196 said:

    I never knew Satellite was a cover version?


    On 19/02/2021 at 11:50, Nail Soup said:

    Maybe @billy bass was somehow thinking of the covers the Pistols did around that time.... No Fun, Stepping Stone, Don't Gimme No Lip...………..

    Revisiting this thread and I notice the above posts.  Yes, my mistake, was thinking of Stepping Stone.

    I never saw them play unfortunately, left school in 1979 and went to my first gig shortly afterwards, a year too late😢

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  6. I remember reading that Robert Trujillo's then 12 year old son played bass for Korn on a tour.  I was quite impressed but after hearing the clip posted by @SteveXFR I"m even more impressed.  How could a 12 year old boy throw filing cases down a fire escape for 4 minutes straight?  Not bad.

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  7. 32 minutes ago, P-Belly Evans said:

     A good cover however should possess an element of the players soul (or conductor in the case of classical - I am sorry but I do see many classical players as mere conduits for expression by a conductor), therefore transforming it to some degree. 

    One of my customers is a cellist.  Retired now, but she used to play in an orchestra.  I commented on how professional I thought classical musicians were etc and she commented that she was impressed by us lot as we can improvise.  In all her 40 odd years of professional cello playing she never had to improvise.  It was always doing what the conductor said!

  8. 1 hour ago, P-Belly Evans said:

    Call me out if I am being unfair here, and sure she can play, but is it not a rather pointless waste of talent to simply play other people's stuff? I know people will say yes but she is being paid now and getting gear etc. But the question remains can she - and indeed any of these you tube copiers - be anywhere near as creative as those she is mimicking?? 

    No, not unfair but creativity and an ability to play an instrument are two quite different skills.  If you can do both then marvellous, you are in the premier league.  If you can play an instrument but aren't, perhaps, quite so creative, then you are doomed to a life playing in covers bands...like me.

    My main issue with Juliaplaysgroove is that she does it all on a £350 bass.  Whereas I need my next GAS fuelled purchase to continue to live.

  9. 29 minutes ago, xgsjx said:

    ... just pointing out that if your band are going to choose songs that have a style that you’re not comfortable playing, then why would they ask you to play them in front of paying customers.  It’s not really fair on you.

    You’re right. I have no idea how much practice you get or how good a bassist you are. But my point there is “if” you now have what was band time to now practice on your own and your band have already suggested songs with a bit of slap in them, why not use that found time to learn those parts?  If you don’t have the time, then fair enough, it was merely a suggestion.

    We haven't played in front of paying customers yet, that will hopefully come later.

    We play a few songs together that I have found very difficult and it is normally me that decides on those songs.  I want to be pushed and by picking something out of my comfort zone I am obliged to develop and stretch my comfort zone.  The day I stop learning on the bass is the day I finally put the instrument down.  

    I would like to learn how to slap as it's another weapon in the arsenal so to speak.  I am unlikely to use it much with my current band and, RATM and RHCP aside, there isn't much slap music that I listen to but having an ability is never a bad thing.


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  10. 4 hours ago, xgsjx said:

    None of this makes logical sense.

    It’s like your covers band playing a song that your singer can’t sing, or your guitarist can’t play.  Or even like you playing a different instrument that you’re rubbish on.

    Implying having to have such a low action for slap would cause fret rattle and buzz, especially with a pick isn’t true. If your action is so low that you’re getting those, then it’s gonna sound crap when you slap (like my rhyming). The ideal action is one where you can play as fast as your fingers will allow & get no rattles or buzz.  I found a very high action can make it harder for me to play fast (though I suppose it depends on your playing style).

    Being in a covers band & having this time off from it for the past year, you should have spent the time to learn new techniques & become a better bassist (I’m not saying your not already a great bassist, but the more you learn, the better you become).

    I can play with pick & fingers equally as good, I can play slap, but I struggle with ghost notes & I really struggle with the double thumbing technique, but I keep going back & give it a go. I think it’s more my hand position than anything else.

    By the way, By The Way is played with fingers, not slapped. 😂

    Do you have to be so judgemental?  I posted something pointing out difficulties I was having and you seem to have taken it personally.  

    You don't know anything about how much time I spend practising so don't lecture me on what I should be doing with my time.  And no, I'm not a great bassist but I am trying to improve; I normally get about 2 hours of practice in on days off work.

    'By the way' is something we decided to learn and have a go at.  We managed one rehearsal with it before the last lockdown in December.  I was under the impression the open E in the riff was slapped, maybe I'm wrong.  


  11. 1 minute ago, Al Krow said:

    Actually that's very astute. 

    Yup, agreed: if you can do something well on bass, particularly if you can do it tastefully and your audiences appreciate it (and there are several BC'ers who fall into that category when it comes to slap bass technique, whom I admire a lot for their skills) you're pretty unlikely to be slagging it off!

    True but if you don't like most slap bass music but need to learn it for a song your band covers, as in my case, it is difficult to find the motivation.  

    I generally have the action on my basses higher than optimum for slap; one of the first things Phil Mann says in his course on slap in SBL is that a low action is essential.  So that means either using two basses or fret rattle and buzz, particularly when using a pick, or leaving the action higher and struggling with slap...which I'm not a fan of anyway.

    I will knuckle down and learn it eventually but until then I'll try and wing 'By The Way' with finger style.

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  12. 14 hours ago, dmccombe7 said:

    I do however have severe gas for Mesa TT800 + Subway 210 & 115 bass rig and that's my main Gas at moment. 

    I'd love a TT-800 and perhaps a Barefaced 210S to go with both my One10s, that would sound amazing I'm sure.  Not necessary though and she would kill me, so its not going to happen.  The fact that there don't seem to be any TT-800s in the country and probably won't be for several months does make it a bit easier.

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  13. On 16/03/2021 at 09:00, Stingray64 said:

    Does it not put the sub octave out of tune which would be super muddy in a mix? 

    I once tried my Octamizer after my Jam Ripplyfall chorus and it was just mud.  Don't feel the need for any more experimentation there.

  14. 32 minutes ago, dmccombe7 said:

    Not sure about your bass not affecting the neighbours from the conservatory as they aren't really that well sound proofed.


    But there won't be an adjoining wall to their house.  The conservatory will be off my back wall, there will be a double glazed sliding door in between the house and the conservatory and the other three sides will be out in the garden.  

    The survey is this afternoon, so I'll ask the surveyor about this.

    Conservatories have moved on a bit in the last 20 years so condensation shouldn't be an issue but I'll be doing the electrics so I'll make sure there is enough heating.

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  15. I'm having a conservatory built in a couple of months.  I live in a semi so my plan is to leave my heads and cabs in there so I can practise at all hours without disturbing the neighbours.  Whether I leave basses in there or not depends on how the temperature fluctuates in there, I'll see.

    The neighbours I don't want to disturb were burgled, in 2019 I think.  They used to leave the porch door unlocked, for the postman, and the main door locked.  They have cameras and 3-4 pet dogs.  The burglars wore hoodies to avoid cameras and fed the dogs drugged meat that knocked them out for a few hours.

    We, on our side of the semi, have no dogs or cameras but weren't burgled!  The police said that the unlocked porch door was liked by the miscreants as they could get into the porch and then, inconspicuously, pick the front door lock. 



  16. On 15/03/2021 at 19:45, stewblack said:


    I'd never heard of 'Yerasov' so I googled and found their website.  I love the names of some of their stuff: The 'Black Formica' and the 'Brown Creature' 😁.  The reviews on their site would suggest that this stuff was introduced about 15 years ago.  Any good?

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  17. Just now, Lozz196 said:

    Is this one of those little known reactions to the vaccine that we’ve been reading about?

    Don't tell the EU, they'll never put Astra-Zeneca back in pharmacies

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  18. 2 minutes ago, dmccombe7 said:

    You could try growing your nails enough to catch the strings at certain angle. That works for me and if i tilt my hand back a bit i get the standard finger sound.

    The nails on my plucking hand index and middle finger I keep really short as I hate the clang when the nail hits the string.  Most of the songs we do work just fine with fingers but there are a few, stuff by the Stranglers, Decode by Paramore for example, where speed or tone dictate the necessity of using a pick.

    I would like to be as proficient with a pick as with my fingers, so I've just got to put the hard work in. 

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