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Postby houndog » Wed Sep 13, 2006 5:11 pm

Rico,
hur hur....did you just really go and say that... ...fnarr fnarrr...heh heh heh :lol:

arf arf,
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Postby houndog » Thu Sep 14, 2006 10:38 pm

Well,
here I am ..checking through the gear .... looking at an 30 year old guitar with 15 year old strings on it ....a 20 year ol'valve amp and 20 year ol'bass speaker I have never tried at any vol....two weeks of bassing about.... two x 2hr practices with the gtr player....picking finger callouses that can put out a butane torch...muscles in my left hand that would make Popeye wince....going to get in a van with guys I have never met before at 1 pm tomorrow and who I'll be on stage with at 9pm ..then on Sat at a Blues Fest and twice on Sunday..playing tunes I have only recently heard ....these guys don't drink and don't do curry ...at the moment...and I have some madd wee fever that makes me flush and keeps me near a toilet...

Worried..nervous...a lil wee bit..

But...

Dawgs, this ain't no practice...I'll be sitting in a retirement home in 30 years chuckling like a rabid hound and looking at photos of this weekend coming up..

yeahhhhh, :twisted:
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Postby ricochet » Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:07 pm

Dawg, you just ain't right!

Have fun! :D
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Postby houndog » Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:57 am

Rico,
as Scar said to Simba ....."You have nooo idea".

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Postby houndog » Tue Sep 19, 2006 10:07 pm

Well,
that was a blast indeedy.

Met the band on Friday..kinda know each other from the scene..played first gig in the last Brit town to be attacked by America..bar gig..they still are alowed to smoke down there...garrgh.
Very good musos..the drumer is 21 and is tooo hot, gtr player was great and likes a bit of madness on stage and the front man is a spanky hot harp player.

Back in the transit van and aff to kip. Next gig next day is on stage in a beer and blues fest, badly advertised but a good local crowd.

Next day is a blues fest at 1pm down the bill from the Yardbirds ( two members left !)

Then on the same day to a bar in Newcastle.

Amp overheated on Sunday...wrong volt setting...cooked eggs on it !

Fingers held up fine as did the bass.

Voice gone from laughing so much...

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Postby ricochet » Wed Sep 20, 2006 1:22 am

Sounds like great fun!

You'd better get the voltage right on the amp, though.
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Postby houndog » Thu Sep 21, 2006 9:43 pm

Hello,
here is my rig from Saturday night.

Early 70's Fender Mustang. tone pot 3/4 to bass)
yamaha b100II valve head..20 + year old ?
Peavey bi-ampable cab ( 80's?) 2x10's +1x18.
70's soft leather link strap to spread the load on my shoulders.
Houndog pinstripe hat.
Houndog puppy ( on amp jack) rescue dawg from a scrapyard.

We thought the front of house sound was muddy and was a worry...had a word with the sound guy ...turns out the support act had the backline set to 11 !!!

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Postby bosco » Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:15 pm

Any good basstastic lines a bottom end dawg should know about ?

"He's holdin' down the bottom and we're glad we got 'em!

Enjoying the thread... how'd the rest of the tour (weekend) go?

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Postby bosco » Fri Sep 22, 2006 1:16 pm

*EDIT*
Sorry for the double post...the site server was acting real crazy this morning! First it wouldn't let me post, then it said I couldn't make another post so soon after I just posted.....when it didn't tell me that the first post has actually gone through. Sigh.

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Postby houndog » Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:33 am

Iceman,
I had a beeg post written up to reply to your post...but it melted :cry:

So, aff to play Blindman's Blues Fest in Aberdeen ...and I'll catch up soon...man I hope the fish oil is working :)

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Postby ricochet » Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:27 pm

houndog wrote:...man I hope the fish oil is working :)
Limbering up the fingers, Lovat?

I think it helps. I take it.
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Postby houndog » Sun Sep 24, 2006 8:53 am

Seems to be Rico....
I was getting a bit of bother from typing on the right paw...bad angle and two finger typing..but working out on the bass fixed it..and omega 3.

Here are some pix from yesterday's fest.

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Delta Doug and Houndog.
Blindman and Houndog.


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This was outside the infamous Blue Lamp ...note the bar stone work on the L...the much of Aberdeen city is made from local grey granite...slightly radioactive ...:shock:
Anyone know what Aberdeen in the Delta is made off :wink:
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Postby houndog » Sun Sep 24, 2006 12:30 pm

Hoy hoy Iceman,
the rest of the tour was great , you would like the stuff...the harp player plays a chromatic :shock: ..first one I have come across.

I was a lil worried about timing as I have set my own pace for years and playing with a drummer may have been interesting ...but I got into the groove and held to that rather than watching the bass drum :)

Playing fingerstyle for a few years helped as I had about 80% of the L hand stretches ok but had to really work on muscles. The down side is a inbuilt reluctance to play open strings on the bass ( ie no chord terror) ...but as bass player it is really necessary..mainly for fluidity and give yer paw a rest.

The 2 finger picking on the R paw is easy ...cos it is basically the same as I use on the guitar.

Good to be part of a band , the drummer is LESS than half my age and only a few years older than the Yoof ...hur hur thats where having a lotta wattage makes bass playing a leveller of ages.

I took 45 secs of him playing his solo ( I know I know but it is a hot solo) and it may get posted.

In the studio in 4 weeks :o

Hoo aboot U Iceman , what up?

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Postby ricochet » Sun Sep 24, 2006 4:47 pm

houndog wrote:Anyone know what Aberdeen in the Delta is made off :wink:
Good old black Delta dirt, I imagine. Never been to Aberdeen myself, either one.
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My Babe

Postby houndog » Sun Oct 15, 2006 11:26 am

Hello dawgs,
any one got a idea of the bass line to Walters "My Babe".

I think it follows the gtr line...but there is this really tasty lil loop right at the start , but as with all these recordings it gets lost when everything else starts up.

Any thoughts appreciated.

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