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12stringbassist

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  1. 12stringbassist

    Does it really matter what gear you have??

    I think having the bass(es) that you need to do the gig and good quality, reliable gear is everything. Add that to being in the right band with people who you fit in with and who play well together... On the other hand, add in rubbish gear into the equation.
  2. 12stringbassist

    How was your gig last night?

    This weekend my old band, The Kerbcrawlers, reconvened after a 10 year gap for two shows. We had only one rehearsal - the night before - as one of our guitarists went to live in Spain 10 years ago. The rehearsal was particularly hairy for me as my bass amp failed on me (once again - the manufactures had an email the next morning about this) and I had to plug into the PA, but we got through it and came away very happy. The first night was at The Boulevard in Wigan and we got a decent crowd of friends and family down and had a nice evening playing two sets both well over an hour each. It was just a really great evening - a different atmosphere from your usual gigs. We supported The Quireboys once in a small theatre gig and had that rare level of audience concentration and appreciation. We played really well that night. Everything fell back into place and muscle memory kicked in. The second night, we played a local venue and had to cut our set lists really short to clear the stage and make way for the DJ, who started at 12. We also didn't have that much of a crowd - because of boxing on TV apparently, but we were doing this gig for us. Various cameras failed on us and at this point, we only have the one song from the two nights, though we are expecting some audience footage to be passed to us soon. We really enjoyed the get together and don't expect to be doing it again as full shows.
  3. 12stringbassist

    How was your gig last night?

    The 'frontman being shy' thing... Similar to the poster's experience, an old band of mine were rehearsing a set and got a cancellation gig at a top local venue. We had to think up a band name at short notice then order the set list. The main singer / guitarist obviously hadn't done any prep on this and froze after the first song at the actual gig, which was totally unexpected. He just looked like he was scared stiff. A quick hiss of "talk to them" just got me a panicked look and I had to step up and put my best Noddy Holder impersonation into place. I have been doing it pretty much ever since. Not the end of the world. If the lead singer doesn't want to do the chat, someone who has no issues with it can take over. It always amuses me, watching Cheap Trick - they have the world's best singer - a very very capable speaker between songs at his own shows -- and guitarist Rick Nielsen talks to the crowd at the gigs.
  4. 12stringbassist

    Aria Basses - fallen from grace??

    I should use this more often....
  5. 12stringbassist

    Not A Word About The Queen Movie Bohemian Rhapsody?

    I'm looking forward to seeing it myself. The backlash in the press about it seems a bit ridiculous. What do people want?
  6. 12stringbassist

    So, just how many basses do you own ????

    Never gig without a spare.
  7. 12stringbassist

    So, just how many basses do you own ????

    My understanding is that the P Specials with the Standard logo were built with USA pickups.
  8. 12stringbassist

    So, just how many basses do you own ????

    I have gone too far...
  9. 12stringbassist

    What do audiences really want from the bass player?

    An audience just wants THE BASS FUNCTION from the bassist. Groove Bottom end Melody
  10. 12stringbassist

    Fingers and the audience

    1. "Whatever bass you play, you'll sound like you'' / ''It's all in the fingers'' I find that I tend to sound like me, whatever bass I am playing - I impose my sound on the bass to a degree. 2. "It doesn't matter what you play (gear wise), the audience won't be able to tell the difference" Whatever bass I play, I play it to please myself. The audience may just hear a bass noise. I have had a few people walk up to me and say 'I knew that was a Rickenbacker as soon as I walked in', but I think they knew as soon they actually saw it. At the moment I am favouring a Player series P over everything else and it's just such a solid sound. I set up my sound for myself first of all, to fit in with the band mix, so it sounds like a bass should. So, going by that thinking, the audience should maybe not be able to tell what bass it is I'm playing just by listening?
  11. 12stringbassist

    The uplifting effect of playing with good players

    I play with a great guitarist and drummer. It makes my job so much easier and stops me being lazy like I have been in the odd band.- My bass and vocals have to be up to scratch (or somewhere near, anyway) at all times. So I learn songs as best I can in the time given before we try them out.
  12. 12stringbassist

    How was your gig last night?

    Guitarists can be replaced.
  13. 12stringbassist

    Downloads or a physical product?

    Physical product every time.
  14. 12stringbassist

    3-pickup basses

    Bison with 3...
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