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Hep cats and hot dawgs.

Postby houndog » Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:45 am

Hello,
I have put my paw up to fill in on bass with the Groovecats , I have had a few practices with the gtr player and I am having great fun on my ol Fender Mustang bass.

I scored a old Yamaha tube 250w amp , and a Peavey 2x 10 +1 x 15 cab and I am trying to get a good sound ...you know a lot of bottom but not too subsonic :D

The strings are about 15 years old but seem to be holding up, no plec...well mebs on "Mellow down easy"...fingers are standing up ok.

Main difference is;

1/ Not having to drive a six string accoustic, the bass amp does a lot of the work.

2/ Not being up front in the mix...majik...being part of a band but not leading the tune..great fun.The set up is harp/vox, gtr, drums + bass.

First gig is on 16/9 ..4 gigs in three days...takes me back to whem I was a puppy... :wink:

http://www.thegroovecats.co.uk/

adios,
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Postby ricochet » Wed Sep 06, 2006 12:04 pm

Have fun, Dawg! :D
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Postby bluesmcgoo » Wed Sep 06, 2006 2:40 pm

Congrats H-Dawg!

I really love the bass. In fact, I started out wanting to play bass when I was a wee whelp, but circumstances conspired ag'in me and I ended up taking to the guitar. I always wanted to play bass in a band, but I never have.

My son's the bass player in the family now.

That's a real hep website, by the way. Good luck, and have a blast!
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Postby bigdaddy » Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:29 pm

People say love moves the world, that may be true but it's the bass that gets 'em up on their feet. I love my bass job. It's a riot. Enjoy the groove. We are adding Luther Allisons' "Low Down And Dirty" to the list. I am jazzed about playin' that song. It is what blues are all about. To me it's the perfect blues song. Welcome to the low down side of the band.
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Postby houndog » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:16 pm

Thanks guys,
it is good fun and a wee sideways step into the land of resolving scales.

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

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Postby oleman » Fri Sep 08, 2006 4:38 am

Dawg, try ActiveBass.com for bass guitar and Rockabillybass.com for doghouse.
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Postby houndog » Fri Sep 08, 2006 7:26 am

Appreciated oleman,

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Postby houndog » Mon Sep 11, 2006 1:14 pm

Opinions please on,
playing the open E big bottom string as part of a mid to fast tune repeating riff . The tune is" That what she Hollered".

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Postby ricochet » Mon Sep 11, 2006 4:41 pm

Got a link?
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Postby houndog » Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:28 pm

Hello Rico,
it's no.2 down.
http://www.thegroovecats.co.uk/soundbytes.asp

Thats what the previous bassist played, but he tended not to go for open strings.

I'm asking cos I have it allll worked out at a low volume, and wanted some "live" advice about how the open E is used...it can get move in and out of tune if hit too hard near the node. :wink:

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Postby ricochet » Mon Sep 11, 2006 6:51 pm

Yeah, I know what you mean about that sour note when it goes sharp from plucking it hard. The recording sounds fine.
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Postby houndog » Mon Sep 11, 2006 9:48 pm

Yip Rico,
thing is on bass it pays to play open as oft as you can and give your paw a rest .

But that phasing in and out wobble...I do like it on the big E but it needs controlled and used sparingly, like I say I have laid out the bass patterns at low vol and was lookin for some thoughts at how often open E figures in yer average bassists repetoire?

Perhaps at high vol it starts to open up subsonic portal in the medula or bassonic oblogata :shock:

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Postby ricochet » Tue Sep 12, 2006 2:34 am

Careful there Dawg, you might get sucked into a parallel dimension. Might take you a while to figure out it had happened. May have already.
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Postby houndog » Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:59 pm

Y'now Rico,
Stephen King is a very wicked writer...talking of getting sucked into another dimension...ever read his story about the teens swimming on a lake and getting chomped by a Blob in the water.

One kid gets sucked down through a floating rafts slats...takes ages for the Blob to slurp him mil by mil through the slats....yerrggghhhh

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Postby ricochet » Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:13 am

Never read that, but it sounds entertaining. :D

Don't let the Blob suck you through the F-holes.
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