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  1. I can't record ever being in a band that plays the music that I listen to at home. What does happen however is that my playing is influenced by what I listen to at home and in turn this creates more interest for me to play some songs. Over the past 10 years or so the bands I have joined become more rockier/heavy for some reason yet I'm an old schoolfunkster at heart and this comes through in my playing and it works well.
  2. Hi peeps its been a while since I've been on here. So much has change for me. I've always played in cover bands and due to work commitments I've teamed up with a guitarist playing original material and I have found myself as a bassist at the grand age of 47! I love it. The question is whenever you watch a band doing a cover what band has made you go WOW that's an awesome cover of that song? Having watching upteen bands live and on youtube for me theres so many good and bad. If only they had wrote that track!
  3. Great Thread! This was just on the radio and I haven't heard it for a while...ok its not exactly pop but its still a cool bassline [url="https://youtu.be/tT4d1LQy4es"]https://youtu.be/tT4d1LQy4es[/url]
  4. I use a Fender Jazz Special...a P body with J neck and pick ups. Its also active and has a really good range on the tone. Nice to play
  5. In a nutshell you are wasting your time with poor drummers. If you start carrying drummers because they are weak then your playing suffers IMHO. A drummer is the most important member of the band and if this isn't right it wont sound right. The moment you find the right drummer that is good at timing etc your job is more enjoyable and your bass playing will groove and improve.
  6. It could be a number of things but nothing serious. Its a good bass and they do tend to have a good feel about them. It could be something simple like the gauge of the strings on it. If they are too light a gauge this can cause fretbuzz. Let us know how you get on
  7. Hi BCer's What's the best advice you've been given for playing bass or what advice would you give? For me I was told 'It's not what you play, its what you don't play' and being a percussive type player I understand what was means now. If I was to give advice I would say work with the drummer and make the bass bounce.......whats yours?
  8. It took me years to buy my first TE rig. It was a 1210 combo with a 1518c bass bin....awesome sound! I only had it for 2 years and the amp died for no reason I was gutted and very disappointed. It was a common fault with this model apparently. I lost all faith in TE gear and the amp was a write-off. Never touched a TE amp since.
  9. I have bought a bass from this chap about 2 years ago and I was very pleased. I've never met him or even visited his place. I bought a 1986 Fender Jazz Special from him and he provided first class service and it was a hassle free transaction. I use the bass all the time and its been gigged loads and never let me down.I would use him again.
  10. I swear by 10's. I have two 2X10 cabs and depending of the size of the venue I usually just take the one cab. I do have a 2X12 and 1X15 but i very rarely use them. I find the 10's more punchier. I use both TC and TE cabs.
  11. Congats and welcome aboard! I'd advise to start from the bottom and work your way up. Bass can be as easy or hard as you want to make it but most of all have fun....get with a good drummer as well and listen to what he does and work with him.
  12. Nice one! Hope it all works out
  13. Thanks JTUK, there happens to be a ACS centre just down the road from me. I'm getting some tomorrow.
  14. As a matter of interest what are the best earplugs and where can you get them from?
  15. I'm more into the funk genre and I wanted a change so I formed a heavy metal band which 4 years later is still going strong and has a good following. The band has done some amazing gigs during 2015 and its going from strength to strength. Finding gigs can be hard but worth it when you find the right ones. The only issue I have now is that I'm wanting to go back to my roots playing funk and I find myself at a crossroads. Its been a blast and I've no regrets doing it but I'm wanting a new challenge.
  16. Don't be put off by his comment. You could have a 100 bass players in that room and each one would have a different opinion. If you were to watch him play you may think he has too much overdrive to his sound maybe. Go with what your happy with. At the end of the day if we all sounded the same it would be boring. I play in a heavy rock band and I use a very small amount of valve to just give me a bit of grit on 2/3 tracks but I'm more into a compressed tone to give me that punch...but that's my preference. With 2 guitars it might be wise to keep it clean in your instance.Less is more.
  17. After writing this post I've had a go at learning some of the tracks suggested on here just for fun and I'm out of the rut I was in in my playing....happy days! I haven't played Rio before and that's another cheeky one! Cheers peeps
  18. Lol.... brilliant post! This is what being in a band is all about!
  19. A Rock'nRoll Legend. RIP Lemmy one of a kind.
  20. Well after endless amounts of turkey and mince pies, the Mrs is watching her soaps and the kids are playing with their toys I decided to have a play on my bass. I'm in a bit of a rut with my playing at the moment and then I came across this track by Bowie. I'm not a massive fan of his but I thought I'd give this bassline a go and its a cheeky little line! Great fun to play I must say his band are bloody good! The bassist is actually the guitarist that just happens to play bass on this track. [url="https://youtu.be/3gk1DcFz-Uc"]https://youtu.be/3gk1DcFz-Uc[/url]
  21. I had no intention of playing bass...or any other instrument. When I was at school (some 30 years ago!) my mates had a band but couldn't get a bass player and they went to the effort of buying a bass from an auction and turned up at my house with it and told me to give it a go. I loved it! The school band didn't work out so I auditioned for a band but unknown to me they were one of the top covers bands in my hometown at the time and I got the job. I didn't rate myself from the beginning and I lacked belief as i was still learning it but the band I joined said I had a natural feel and groove and I did find it easy to pick up basslines... the rest was history. That instrument has introduced me to so many people and I've formed so many friendships from it over the years and its taken me to some great places. I love and respect the bass and my journey isnt over yet...long may it continue! Oddly enough the lads that got me that bass guitar have never played since that school band but i've kept going.Whenever we meet up now we always laugh about it...not bad for a boy that wasn't interested in playing Bass
  22. For me it has to be this track....maybe a bit cheesy but sheer class on the bass and its what made me take up take up bass. Oddly enough I've never played a fretless and I'm playing in a full on heavy rock band that's a million miles away from this style.https://youtu.be/TRjiMN2qJHI
  23. Our sound engineer has just got one and we will see how good/bad they are next weekend. It does look a handy piece of kit.
  24. It does sound like your bins are too loud. I do agree with Phil Starr on this one about using your stack as a monitor rather than part of the sound. The stage monitors should throw your bass back at you as well if your playing large venues or outdoor gigs. Also your pa speakers might be too close to you at a gig. Dont use a blanket to try and stop the bottom end...I've never seen or heard of anyone having to do that.
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