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Bach Cello Suite In G Major - Complete Solo Bass Recording

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Hello folks!

 

Hope you're all well and staying healthy through all madness that has engulfed us all . I've just completed my first lockdown project which is a complete performance of Bach's first cello suite in G Major. The video series is now linked below and should take you to the Prelude and the playlist containing the other 5 movements! The soundcloud link is also below for those wishing for a somewhat better audio representation of the performance!

 

Its been a long process and a lot of practice prepping this. For those interested in the tech side of things my Warwick streamer LX6 was recorded (flat with passive tone rolled on a little) via DI box, Amp DI (Genz Streamliner 900) and from a mic on one of my vanderkley cabs via a focus rite interface into my computer. Declan Pearson of Colossus studios in Bolton then took care of final mixing and mastering :) if you have a spare 20 minutes id appreciate your thoughts!

 

Hope you enjoy it!

 

Ben

 

 

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Very, very good. They’re fairly tricky just to get the notes under your hands, but much harder to get the articulation and particularly the flow and dynamics. I’d be hard-pressed to often any constructive criticism; the only real way to improve would be to play it on a ‘cello!
Well done :)

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On 31/05/2020 at 14:33, FDC484950 said:

Very, very good. They’re fairly tricky just to get the notes under your hands, but much harder to get the articulation and particularly the flow and dynamics. I’d be hard-pressed to often any constructive criticism; the only real way to improve would be to play it on a ‘cello!
Well done :)

Thanks so much, im glad you enjoyed it!! :) 

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HI Ben, me again. Are you playing this an octave higher than written so that it sounds at the correct pitch?

Either way, your performance is stunning. We had this performed at our wedding by  our friend Hugh McDowell the 'cellist with  ELO . Your performance is just as beautiful.

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1 hour ago, Papabull said:

HI Ben, me again. Are you playing this an octave higher than written so that it sounds at the correct pitch?

Either way, your performance is stunning. We had this performed at our wedding by  our friend Hugh McDowell the 'cellist with  ELO . Your performance is just as beautiful.

Hey, yes its being played an octave higher than written :) I'll be releasing the whole suite as a video series on YT sometime later in the week so you'll be able to see that it fits very nicely around the 12th fret position on the 6 string bass.

 

I'm glad you enjoyed my performance so much, its very kind of you to say it stacks up to a Cello performance of the suite! One of the main goals for me was to make it musical, to go back to the source material and pull the music out of the music if that makes any sense? Thanks for taking the time to listen to the suite!

 

Ben

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That's great Ben. Can you send me the You Tube link? What was the bass you played it on?

very best wishes

Paul h

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Hi Ben, forget the second part of my question. I can see you used a Warwick Streamer. Fab Sound.

 

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My thoughts are completely irrelevant.  My admiration is so total there's no room left in my head for thoughts. 

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Loved it! Do you have your six string bass tuned in trad. B, E, A, D, G, C?

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Hi Ben, forget the second part of my question. I can see you used a Warwick Streamer. Fab Sound. Also was going to ask about how your 6 string was tuned and what strings you used.

Cheers Paul

 

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3 hours ago, Papabull said:

That's great Ben. Can you send me the You Tube link? What was the bass you played it on?

very best wishes

Paul h

Hey Paul,

Its a 97 streamer LX6 custom shop retrofitted with an East U-Retro deluxe preamp in place of the old MEC 2 band unit. The wood combination (wenge/maple) is naturally quite bright and the U-Retro does an amazing job of sweetening the high end as I found the old MEC unit far too harsh in the top end. strings are DR Hi-Beams (.125-.030) and my bass is tuned standard, B-C :) 

 

I'll post a link of the video series as soon as we're finished editing it!

Best,

Ben

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1 hour ago, Al Krow said:

Loved it! Do you have your six string bass tuned in trad. B, E, A, D, G, C?

Thanks so much! yes, my bass is tuned B-C :) 

Best,

Ben

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Did you play the regular score for this, as found by googling, or did you modify it in some way?

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1 hour ago, lownote12 said:

Did you play the regular score for this, as found by googling, or did you modify it in some way?

I used the score on IMSLP. I've attached it below. The only change as far as the notes are concerned is that I read it up an octave from written. I had to make some changes to articulation due to the fact that im not bowing the piece but other than that its as true to the music as I know how to play it.

 

Ben

 

IMSLP70851-PMLP04291-Bach_-_Cello_Suite_No1_in_G_(Becker_Peters)-2.pdf

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Hi Ben, It wouldn't surprise me that you've learnt this from memory. Thanks for the download. It's taken me an age to learn the Bouree No1.

Looking forward to seeing the YT video.

Very nbest wishes

Paul h

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1 hour ago, Papabull said:

Hi Ben, It wouldn't surprise me that you've learnt this from memory. Thanks for the download. It's taken me an age to learn the Bouree No1.

Looking forward to seeing the YT video.

Very nbest wishes

Paul h

It got to the point where it was memorised yeah, I stopped needing the score around 3 weeks before I recorded. As with everything else, its just repetition that gets it to that point :) 

Ben

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I'm self taught, so half of the fun for me is discovering the best technique and choices to enable a fluent performance.  I'm not convinced all of my choices are the best so am constantly revisiting to see if other choices enable a better performance. Does that make sense?

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I'm just about to order another set of strings for my Mayones Caledonius (advertised on BC which I'm going to keep now) but re stringing from B-G to E-C. The hope is that the high C will make things a bit more manageable .

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Ok folks, the editing is finally finished! Here is my complete video series of Bach's first Cello Suite in G Major! If you enjoy my performance please like and share the videos! the Prelude is the video linked but the complete playlist of 6 movements should open in YouTube :) 

 

Enjoy!

 

 

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I have tried to copy your achievement. In four days I have stumbled slowly through eight bars. I think I won’t get much further.  Greatest respect to you.

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