Monday, April 27, 2009

The Bass Guitar

What a weird thing to see and realize.

I think the bass player who physically approaches his bass guitar in a way that most closely resembles my physical approach is

Mike Mills

of R.E.M.


Wierd because I am not xlose to their music, and have no affinity.

But chancing upon a video of them performing, I saw someone who had a similar right hand. Pulled up short. Then I saw a similar left hand.

Hmmmm.

May alos now have to rethink the 4001 issue.

You know, for all of my gigs.


Ha

ha ha


hahahahahaha hahah hahahahahahahahaha


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ADDENDUM I just want to clarify that his choices [he thinks of himself as a "melodic" bassist] are not necessarily my choices. I just mean the way his hands attack the bass around his neck, that sorta thing.

6 comments:

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Was that the Radio Free Europe vid over at PowerPop?

Our host over there, Steve Simels, is a bass man himself -- he played all over Manhattan whilst in a skinny tie band in the 70s ...

Hey who are a couple-three bass players you admire?

the little dubster said...

I can't speak for mister muleboy, but

'twas indeed the RFE video from Letterman, provided by PowerPop, that caught my attention and got me searching out mills video.

mister simels is a frequent source o' amazing recordings.

I admire the bass playing o' such fine bassists as

Dennis Dunaway

Ted Nicely

& Steve Jones.

None is an "inspiration" or "influence," as I don't play like them. Probably of those three, Jones is closest. As I said, I technically approach the instrument like Mills, but am more prone to percussive root work than "melodic" bass.

I am probably most influenced by Klaus Voorman on Plastic Ono Band.

samples:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=928Ca32Z9Wc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E71FyxowEWg

second sample has a LOT of flapping up-and-down strokes . . . . .

Tomanonymous said...

Nobody asked, but I approach the bass as one should the swine flu - stay at least 5 feet away, wear a mask if possible and wash your hands immediately afterward.

I have issues

Anonymous said...

Tom is mad at me.



I don't blame him . . .

Sunday ?

Who Am Us Anyway? said...

Those Intentions vids are freaking great; thanks for the links!

tomanonymous said...

I am mad at no one.

OK, I'm no madder at anyone in particular than I am at everyone.

Sunday would probably be OK