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  1. 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.
  2. 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.)
  3. There are some high quality backing tracks for bass at https://quistorama.com/bass-jam-tracks. The tracks are on YouTube where you will also find the chord progressions - click on the INFO link of each track at quistorama to find the YouTube link. In fact, two of the ten tracks on the 'Groove Time' album are free to download (you just have to sign up to Quist's email list). The files are in .wav format. I think that the 'Groove Time' album is excellent value at $9.99. I bought it.
  4. I haven't seen this mentioned, so thought that I would share it for those who might be interested but didn't known about it. Stuart Clayton is doing a "Bass Lick of the Week" series for a year on his YouTube channel. He's about half way through the series now. The licks are usually 4 bars long which he plays twice through, with music in notation and tab showing, at the start of the video. He then takes you gently through the lick one bar at a time in a nice, clear manner with no jokes or rambling. The licks are in different styles, some played with fingers, some with a plectrum; if you are not keen on one, just try the next. I would say that they are generally intermediate to advanced level. If you are into grooves/licks then you'll probably appreciate this series. Here's a link to the first of the series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MBspU7_Ot4. I have no affiliation to Stuart or Bassline Publishing. I just think that this series is first rate and that Stuart is a class player and teacher. Credit where credit's due.
  5. Fairly early in Bruce Thomas's book "Rough Notes" he talks of the group Clouds. Looking them up on YouTube I found a drummer-bass player collaboration that I had never heard of before; see the section from about 2:20. [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4qoZEBbAIE[/media] After a bit more ferreting around on YouTube, I discovered that the piece, "Big Noise from Winnetka", is quite old and that the drummer played the strings of an upright in the original. Still interesting to see it done with an electric though. No doubt there are a few other examples, but in my many years of playing it's the first time I've seen it done, so thought I'd share it.
  6. Not exactly security marking, but a good alternative (and free): I have a photo, serial number, and scanned image of receipt, of all of my bass gear on [url="https://www.immobilise.com"]www.immobilise.com[/url].
  7. I recently bought some Elixir strings, but the thought struck me that as I pull the string through the somewhat sharp-edged hole in the metal bridge, it's going to strip off a string-length's worth of nanoweb coating... So I rolled up a small piece of paper and put some sellotape round it to give it a little strength and stability, then put this in the bridge hole first whilst stringing up. It was a little fiddly, but it worked. I was wondering if anybody has any other such methods of stringing up Elixirs without damaging the coating.
  8. This is a difficult one since either one already has the kit, or what one wants is too expensive for a present. Consumables like strings are the obvious choice, but here are a few other ideas. At the higher end of the scale: Phil Jones Bass H-850 headphones - I'm happy with mine. A sort of gadget, and not more than an ornament to finger players: a pick punch - like a hole punch but for a plectrum. Mine has not had much use, and I can't see it getting much use. Bass player autobiographies - these can be interesting whether or not you liked the band: "The Living Years" by Mike Rutherford - very good "Unknown Pleasures - Inside Joy Division" by Peter Hook - very good "My Bass and Other Animals" by Guy Pratt - not for me "In the Pleasure Groove" by John Taylor - ok "Snakes! Guillotines! Electric Chairs! My Adventures in the Alice Cooper Group" by Dennis Dunaway - I'm reading this just now, and is good so far Actually, the best rock musician autobiography I have read was not by a bass player: "Face the Music" by Paul Stanley. Hope this helps.
  9. I could never get the built-in mute to work, it always muted the different strings to different amounts. This, and all the other deficiencies of the bridge led me to replace it with the Hipshot one, which was a good move. (The saddles have screws which allow them to be moved a little sideways so that you can change your string spacing; once these screws are tightened the saddles shouldn't move - mine didn't, so no saddle wobble for me.) Alternatively, you could buy a 4004 model which has a sensible bridge as standard - palm muting a doddle. It doesn't have the full McCartney look, so may not be acceptable from that point of view.
  10. The original set of tabs by John Roskruge is on the Way Back Machine, as Daz says, but you will also find them here: [url="http://ks3095025.kimsufi.com/stranglers/index.html"]http://ks3095025.kim...lers/index.html[/url]
  11. Bonjour Barbasque! Weight (without battery): 1.160 kg Dimensions: 20.3 / 14.5 / 6.8 cm I don't know of any other reviews, nor of any sound clips. One has to wonder at Ashdown's lack of publishing the specifications of this pedal.
  12. Title: [b]The Lost Art of Country Bass[/b] Subtitle: An Inside Look at Country Bass for Electric and Upright Players Author: [b]Keith Rosier[/b] (with an acute accent on the e in his surname) Publisher: Hal-Leonard Series: Bass Builders ISBN: 978-0-7935-6992-2 Year: 1997 Format: paperback Number of pages that matter: 51 CD included: Yes Format of the written music: notation and tab Level: Beginner and Intermediate Cost: in March 2014 it was selling on amazon.co.uk for £12.45. Does any piece of the written music require you to turn a page over: Yes, one piece. I own a copy of the book and have worked through it. The Introduction says, "The Lost Art of Country Bass allows bass players to develop a feel for country bass playing. Bass lines are presented in the style of the famous bassists who helped develop this art form." Well, he is correct in that you will develop a feel, though no more than that, and maybe he is famous in the country bass world (I don't know) but two or three of the style pieces appear to be by Rosier himself. The general pattern of the first useful two thirds of this book is sections titled "The Style of <artist's name>", where there are a few paragraphs about the artist followed by one or more bass lines in the style of songs by the said artist. I say "artist" rather than "bassist" because some of the artists are not bassists at all. To be specific, these sections, with the number of bass lines in each, are:[list] [*]The Style of Allen Williams (3) [*]The Style of Lefty Frizzell (3) [*]The Style of Ray Price (4) [*]The Style of Cedric Rainwater (1) [*]The Style of Bob Moore (5) [*]The Style of Glenn Worf (2) [*]The Style of Heather Myles (2) [*]The Style of Rick Shea (1) [*]The Style of Leland Sklar (1) [/list] The other useful third of this book focuses on music style rather than bassist style. A (very) few words are said about each style, followed by a bass line in that style. The styles are:[list] [*]Ballad [*]Waltz [*]Walking Waltz [*]Rockin' Country [*]Ten-Step [*]Latin Bass [*]Country Rock [*]Walk-Up and Walk-Down [/list] Every bass line in the book is, with band, on the included CD. An Essential Listening list is given. Rosier has some clear opinions: "Playing scales, reading music, and playing grooves with a metronome are the key ingredients of a bassist's daily practice schedule. [...] If you find yourself just 'noodling' around on your bass and not interested in playing your best, I recommend you put your bass away until you feel inspired to play some serious bass." (I have to ask why this paragraph was given a whole page to itself; I only omitted two sentences from it here!) There are also some plugs, which rather jarred with me, and are now somewhat dated in their feel: <artist's name>'s albums are available from <name and address of a record shop>! There are 10 pages about gear. Why is this material using up valuable space in such a rarity as a book about country bass? One is working through the book: 'The Style of So And So', 'The Style of Such And Such', and then suddenly 'Know Your Bass' with info on how to set up your bass! Such material belongs in another book, and there are plenty such books already. Thus, unfortunately, this book has unnecessary 'padding', which is why I reckon that only 51 of the 80 pages matter. I think it's there because Rosier has his own opinion to express and he's taking the chance to do so; it's based on his own experience, so one could say it has value, but I feel that the book would have benefitted by replacing all of the padding with analysis of the bass lines: Rosier is very wordy about gear and practicing, and very terse (sometimes saying nothing at all) about the details of the bass line structure and note choice. The included CD:[list] [*]33 tracks to play along to [*]the longest track is 3 minutes 8 seconds; the shortest is 30 seconds [*]the music is real instruments played by real musicians [*]the bass is more on the left channel, so can be 'turned down' [*]the tracks DO NOT have any count in, which is annoying [/list] I'll probably go to Country hell for this, but it was nice to play along to country tunes where there were no vocals. Of course, you can read other reviews of this book on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com. There is a thread on talkbass.com with a lot of praise for this book ([url="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f179/country-bass-walk-438411"]http://www.talkbass....ass-walk-438411[/url]). I don't think that this book teaches you country bass; it is just a bunch of examples of the style, the rest is up to you. If you are good enough to learn by example alone, then great, but I think this book is a missed opportunity. Nevertheless, if you are in any way interested in bass for American country music then you won't be wasting your time getting hold of this book.
  13. I only play with a plectrum. After trying loads of different thicknesses and materials I ended up preferring 1.8mm flexible leather. This thread is making it fairly clear - there's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to plectrums.
  14. [quote name='Mr Fretbuzz' timestamp='1389811941' post='2338209'] What software do you use? I've tried to write out my own notes above tab and it looks ridiculous. I'm looking for an app or something cheap I can use. I went looking to see if there was a stencil of notes/rests I could use, just like a school chemistry stencil, but couldn't find one. Maybe I ought to invent one and make a fortune [/quote] I use NoteWorthy Composer (www.noteworthysoftware.com). I started using it many moons ago, and with so many files in its format, continue with it. It does the job, and it is not expensive. It doesn't do tab. You can download an evaluation copy. If I was to start completely afresh today, it would certainly be a contender, but I think that there are other similarly priced music notation packages that are worth a look. To choose between them you would really need to be clear on what you want them to do. Strangely, perhaps, I would be more inclined to pay £50 for a package than go with a free one.
  15. I do several things in the privacy of my own bedroom:[list] [*]play along to backing tracks, mainly ones from Scott Divine's web site so far; this is partly for learning scales/arpeggios/fretboard and partly for pleasure. There is much room for advancement here, and is my current focus. I can quite happily noodle about on the C Mixolydian scale to his C Mix. backing track on a loop for half an hour! [*]enter transcriptions of bass lines into music notation software so that I can learn the line and play along to the original recording. The transcriptions are from bought books or off the internet; putting them into software means that I can print them out on several sheets of A4 so no page turning, and I can get the computer to play the line which helps when I can't get the rhythm/timing right. [*]I write bass lines for traditional tunes and play along to them (computer plays the melody 'on the piano' using said notation software). On rare occasions Mrs oakforest5961 picks up her tenor recorder and she plays the melody. [/list] I don't have either the time or the talent to ever get above intermediate level. Playing bass is simply my hobby; I love it - I could retire tomorrow and not be bored. I've never been in a band. Don't think I ever wanted to be. I certainly don't have time, and would rather spend Friday and Saturday nights in with my partner anyway. This doesn't stop me getting my fix of bass though.
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