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  1. If you're into chilled out instrumental reggae/jazz fusion, I've just stumbled across the fact that Ireland's Avatar released a new album last September: https://avatar3.bandcamp.com/album/ancient-echoes
  2. If you're interested in playing along to The Beatles' "Please Please Me" album, this web page is really useful: https://andrewmessner.net/2019/04/17/please-please-me-album-pitch-analysis Only one of the songs on the album has the recording at concert pitch (A = 440Hz). All of the others are flat in comparison, and by differing amounts. That web page lists what the writer reckons are the A reference values for each song. If you have a tuner that can be recalibrated for a different reference value for A, then you just set the tuner to the value given on the web page for the song, tune your bass as normal using the tuner, then play along - it'll sound in tune. I've had a Korg CA-30 tuner for I forget how many years. I remember thinking when I got it that the ability to recalibrate it to A not being 440Hz was something that I would never need to use, but I have been proved wrong - it was really useful to quickly retune my bass and get playing.
  3. This Bass Backing Tracks playlist by Quist has some good material. Look in the description of each video to get the chord progression (if it isn't already part of the video itself). https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLVVk2nQ5iO8-S3OCCKcDJ9aokW_Ec3i2f
  4. Thanks; I've subscribed. Looks like your channel will give a different take on things compared to most; I'm sure that I'll learn something.
  5. My H-850 ear cushions have done the same, post the warranty period. I'm not a heavy user of them either. The headphones sound good, and that's what really counts, but I won't be buying new cushions from the distributors because I reckon that they will just split and peel too. I had the same problem with my Sony MDR-7506 headphones, which are also not budget headphones.
  6. It's been 9 months since Alain M. posted anything on YouTube, until yesterday that is: Brilliant reggae bass tone as always from him.
  7. Reggae's influence is somewhat different from reggae's evolution (which I don't have the experience to analyse). This one is somewhere in an outer orbit of planet reggae. For something a little different, only spend the next 4m 20s of your life listening to this if you are open to a reggae influenced modern rendering of a medieval melody, with latin lyrics, something resembling a slap bass solo (what!), and some spooky whispering thrown in too... This is Adaro with "Mariam Matrem (Radio Edit)":
  8. Not exactly what I had in mind... but impressive how a little goes a long way!
  9. Folk and rock music have been shown to fuse very well together, so why not folk and reggae? Edward II gave it a go, but somehow they never seemed very consistent, so they generally leave me somewhat disappointed. Nevertheless, here's one of their pieces that I do like, 'Swing Easy'. On SoundCloud On Spotify Anybody know of any other folk-reggae bands?
  10. In the mid to late '70s punk and reggae became the most unlikely bedfellows. I don't think that any reggae groups covered any punk songs... but there were some notable reggae covers by punk groups. Here is one of them.
  11. Here's a song with English lyrics from a Greek band. The tune is excellent, and although I generally prefer instrumentals, the singer's voice just nails it for me.
  12. I love reggae music, but really for the music itself. I'm quite happy for it to leave jah and ratafari out because I just can't connect to that. Hence my preference for instrumental reggae, and also for reggae or heavily reggae influenced music from around the world which tends to have different natured lyrics (even if I can't understand them). Here's one from Turkey with Turkish and English lyrics; gets going at about 0:40. Reggae enough for this thread?
  13. Here's something a bit unusual. Well, I think it is because I have found it difficult to find... contemporary instrumental reggae. I say "contemporary" because I know there was stuff back in the day, but the recordings seem a bit muffled, and I don't find them very satisfying because of that. Also, the more modern stuff that I have found 'do it' more for me. I started a Spotify list for myself and went looking (ok, listening) for material to add to it. Being instrumental was not enough to get on it, I also had to like it of course. After lots of searching, I only have nine tracks on it! Am I too choosy, or is it that there just isn't much to choose from? Here is a link to my list https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6tPKi3RjabfMRbG9urIThG?si=yucIcrxlRhuJeogVn3SAEA. If you don't want to check it out direcly, here is the listing of my playlist: Sr. K. by Antidoping Mandela (Dub Version) by Antidoping [be patient, what comes after the 52 second introduction is well worth the wait] Bird on a Fence (Professor Skank remix) by One Drop Forward Lovers Dub by Nigel Williams High Horse Riddim by Dejavu Lifestyle Music Limited Dub in the Bushes by Reblesteppa Reward Rythym by M. Johnson Joyful Dub by Avatar Shackles & Chains Instrumental by Ziggi Recado Recommendations most welcome. Steve
  14. My favourite Rotosound endorsee is Billy Sheehan. His very individual approach to bass playing sets him apart. But more than that, he has 'his sound'. His tricontinental collaboration of player, bass guitar and strings are what underlie that sound. He is very discerning in his choice of equipment; every link in the chain has to be right. For him to play Rotosound strings on recordings and live around the world, you know that they are reliable strings. Further, you can tell straightaway that his choice of gauges for the BS66 set was made with research and care to be spot on. A player of Billy's calibre and artistic vision has to have the right tools to achieve that vision; there's no doubt that he has done that with the help of Rotosound bass strings.
  15. I'd like to give a shout for a couple of great YouTube bassists from non-English speaking countries. The first is Edson Baretto, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsaBBwwJfnpfraPual1qtBw. He presents the basslines of popular songs. His approach is to present, without any spoken words, each section/riff/groove in a song separately. (Thus the entire piece is not played in one one go.) The music is presented in notation and tab as he plays each section. Also, if you can understand spoken French, then Bruno Tauzin presents excellent videos, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZD0Ba4PzNeYlRzAoha-5iw. He does bassline covers, his own groove tutorials, the odd gear review and solo pieces of his own. (Oh, and another thumbs up for Constantine Isslamow from me; I've been a subscriber of his for many years.)
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