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  • Birthday 12/01/1959

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  1. Nice to meet you Kyndainverse. My talent has never matched my enthusiasm or the lovely basslines that run through my head almost every day. I started in the mid-80s and have recently treated myself to an Ibanez Mikro 4-string which is encouraging me to go for lines that I never attempted on my old Aria RSB Deluxe. The Zoom B1on pedal I bought when I got the Mikro has transformed my practice sessions. Covid restrictions permitting, I'm about a month from starting rehearsals with some guys at work. It seems like we could be attempting anything from Linkin Park to Jaco Pastorius with some Herbie Hancock in between. I'm out of my depth but that will give me the kick up the @rse I seem to need. Good luck with your PPDF ramblings.
  2. I'd like to respond to this old thread because I've returned to bass playing after a 10-year break and I'm trying to develop my technique. I'll go the list route as other members have: 1) Inability to keep time 2) Inability or unwillingness to play just what the song requires 3) Underestimation of how difficult it is to be a technically competent and musically responsive player 4) Unwillingness to put in the time to listen widely and practice I'm not guilty of 1), less guilty of 2) than I was when I first took up the bass in the mid-80s, slightly guilty of 3) and very guilty of 4). I'm a mediocre player but I can see a way forward - finally.
  3. How many bass players make their mark from the first note? A string-bend at that! This is a silly track but that groove is for days.
  4. I really like this bass and I like the term 'couch bass'. My recently acquired Ibanez Mikro is now my 'couch bass'. Just need to wait for my back pain to subside before I get back into practising 🙂 I just watched the linked video - the bass sounds really nice and full and perfect for what you're doing on that track. A little hint of Rickenbacker on that fast lick near the end - lovely.
  5. I love music like this - I think it's damned hard to play such a sparse line and stay in the pocket.
  6. You have a point. I was keeping my girlfriend company. She had an early insight into my character, buying me drumsticks for my 17th birthday. "You drum on everything" she told me.
  7. I got a message about this from a YouTuber who mentioned Tom Scott, Chuck Rainey, Rick Marotta and Ray Parker Jr among others. Sounds about right.
  8. Babysitting in the late 70's meant a couple of bus journeys, some beer, a quick fumble and the best bit - THIS! Does anyone know who any of the session players were??
  9. You CAN dance in platform shoes and you MUST!!! Hats off to Lequeint 'Duke' Jobe. Killing it!
  10. If I could only grab two albums for my desert island sojourn, these would probably do: Focus - Live at the Rainbow Focus - Hamburger Concerto For we bass players and fans, Bert Ruiter is IMHO one of the most underrated players ever to pick up a bass. Listen to him on the live version of Answers? Questions! Questions? Answers! Solid, solid stuff.
  11. Welcome @Girlarms - rambling is obligatory here. As you will find... 🙂
  12. The fretted is drop-dead gorgeous. It looks shorter than the fretless - hoptical hillusion?
  13. Hi Marc, I saw a YouTube demo of the 5-string and I loved it. I'm just not sure I'd get the use out of a 5-string. The string spacing on the 4-string seems to suit me perfectly. I read about flimsy control knobs before I bought the Mikro but these feel really solid and smooth and that was a nice surprise.
  14. Hi, I thought I'd sneak in here as the new and very happy owner of a GSRM20 - a diddy Mikro Bass. I have the walnut flat one and I've made no changes to it (yet). Not that I'm a bass-modder or even a particularly talented bass-player. I just love quiet electronics - which for £159 I did not get and did not expect. It's a lovely little thing and it encourages me to play Herbie Hancock stuff that I thought I couldn't play. This and the Zoom B1on pedal that I got on eBay are two things I should have bought 10 years ago.
  15. This is a SEXY machine
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