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Everything posted by chris_b

  1. Nice looking bass but 10kg puts it way over my limit!!
  2. The guys in the band I love playing with most are drummers. I'm lucky, I haven't played with a bad drummer in the last 25 years and many of them have been excellent players. I've been thinking about my favourite drum breaks. I always love to hear this from Ritchie Hayward. A perfect drum break to bring the song in. . . from 20 secs in. What's your favourite drum break?
  3. The only fake encores are when a band does an encore when the audience doesn't care and hasn't asked for one. If the audience isn't bothered about an encore, then you haven't done a good enough job. You either do an encore (the audience likes you and wants to hear more) or you don't (you're crap and the audience has already gone home). Some bands don't do set lists. All pro bands do, so having all the numbers/songs thought out and assessed for their effectiveness in a running order is the sign of a better band. Encores are part of the set and should still be planned so you can make the audience happy and still send them home wanting more.
  4. IMO these basses look very interesting, so I checked them out at the bass gallery and was disappointed to find that the 5 strings come in at around 10-11lbs. That's a deal killer for me.
  5. Best wishes. Fingers crossed for you.
  6. Keep your ears wide open and soak everything up. Ask as many questions as you need. If you have the right attitude people will be happy to help. Practice until you can't get it wrong. Decide what works and why, then build up your library of licks and the stuff that makes the lines yours. IMO it's OK to play with someone who's learning if they are positive, fun to play with and you can see their progress coming out in their playing.
  7. Check out Bass Direct they have some nice used FSO's, Fenders, Sandbergs and a Sadowsky Metro. https://www.bassdirect.co.uk/bass_guitar_specialists/Second_hand_Ex_demo_Bass_Guitars.html
  8. I have never gigged a pedal. I've owned a few but they were bought with half an intention, rather than a need, and sold on pretty quickly when I realised that the sound of a good bass through a good rig is all I and the music I play need. As per the other thread. . . you don't need to "fill out" your sound in guitar solos. You really, really don't!
  9. I was offered a gig yesterday. . . and it clashed with the only thing in my diary that can't be moved!!! ffs!
  10. I saw him at the Sundowner in 1973. IMO a bit of a yawn, but then interminable solos aren't really my thing.
  11. Anaemic would be the last way I'd describe my SR5. It was a huge sound, but I decided I didn't like the humbuckers. I sold it and bought a Lakland 55-94. IMO a night and day better sound and feel. I've also played 55-02's and think they would definitely be a step in the right direction.
  12. It's a myth that no one hears the bass player. Try playing a song a semi tone flat. They'll all notice that in 2 seconds. If you sound bad, the phone stops ringing. If the phone keeps ringing it usually means you don't have a bad tone. Because other guys in the band don't comment doesn't mean they don't notice or don't care. Most good players will expect everyone in the band to sound good, as they will expect good timing and interesting ideas. That is a given and is not a source of interesting conversation so they talk about other stuff.
  13. I'd agree, Duck Dunn set the bar for me and fortunately that fat bass tone has slotted right in to every band I've played in since. I've also owned a Precision bass for most of my playing life.
  14. One I always like playing. . . The Joker, The Steve Miller Band, 15/09/90.
  15. I guess it would have been nice to own an Alembic and an Overwater, but when the weight was doable, I didn't have the cash. Now I have the cash, they are way over my weight limit. Ho hum. I achieved one dream, though, I owned a couple of 5 string Wals. I played the mk 3 for about 10 years. Very nice bass.
  16. Many years ago I popped in to see an old band of mine and was surprised to see the guitarist standing at the bar and someone else playing guitar. Apparently the guitarist arrived too drunk to play and the BL asked if there was a guitar player in the house. There was.
  17. Read Levon Helm's This Wheel's On Fire for the other side's view. I have this program on the hard drive. Will watch it next week.
  18. I bought my first Volvo in 1985. I keep buying them because they never seem to stop working! My problems are usually self inflicted! I missed the only gig I've failed to turn up to, because on the way, I filled it up with petrol rather than diesel!! What a d!ck, and even more stupidly, I cheerfully rocked up to the Blues At The Farm gig in Billericay, when I should have been at a festival at Blues On The Farm, near Chichester!! I finally made it and we played 3 hours late!
  19. In this video, in the first song the guitarist doesn't play in the verses. The bass and drums just carry on. There's no dip, or hole and nothing's missing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=apAKU_sXQJQ
  20. In the context of this thread and based on thoughts put forward here, I'd say it's a rule that stands up. As always, rules can be broken, but you have to know what you are doing and how to break the rules while keeping everything right. The Winery Dogs are doing exactly what I said. While the playing is full on, the levels between solo and song sections are at the same level.
  21. OK so none of us are playing behind a Stevie Ray Vaughn, Stevie Vai or Robben Ford, but in the bands we are in, the right bass part should be good enough for the both rhythm and solo sections of the song. This idea of "filling in" and "covering up" holes or "beefing up" the sound when the rhythm guitar stops, is not the right way to approach any trio song. If you think this is what is required, you are hearing problems that don't exist. Listen to anyone from Jimi Hendrix to John Mayer and while the bassist might throw in a few extra licks, the level, pace and rhythm parts of the songs don't change. The guitar changes but the point is that the bass and drums don't. You don't need double stops or pedals, the layers of the song should remain the same even when the top layers, the guitar and vocals, do change. If the rhythm section alters the level of what they play during every solo the songs will sound very lumpy, uneven and patchy, and that really isn't the right way to do it.
  22. I'd call a bunch of bass payers a bunch of bass players.
  23. Buy it. Then sell it. Satisfy that itch.
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