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What a fine trio of guitars you got there Drake.  Can't wait to hear that 12 string.

I know I'm posting this way late, but I just wanted to comment on the practicing thing, because singingelk hit it on the money for me.  I'm a bassist, but I usually sit in front of the boob-toob after a long day and play guitar.  It helps me think differently about my basslines, helps me understand chords better.  Then I switch to acoustic bass and play along to whatever is on the tv, commercials, background music, anything, just to be forced into trying new styles.

But a lot of my work is done on the road.  I listen to songs that I'm working on and drill them into my memory until I have the vocal melody memorized...this is very important for me as a bassist because I feel it's my job to augment and support the vocal melody while keeping the rhythm.  So I do alot of singing different bass lines over changes while I'm driving around town.

Other than that, I try to play a minimum of thirty minutes every day.  Even if it's just playing AC/DC riffs on guitar.  I don't practice scales anymore, but I do learn and practice great basslines and horn solos from my heroes.  That helps me keep all the scales and arpeggios in context.  Next time your in a rut learn a solo you love by ear, especially if it's on a different instrument like piano or trumpet, something you really have to work on to make it feel right on guitar or bass.  Then take snippets of that solo and write new melodies over your favorite chord progressions.  Rut ended.

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Washburn AB 90 / AB 95
« on: July 05, 2006, 11:59:01 AM »
I'm looking to get an AB90 as well.  Is the scale 35?  I'm playing some drop C tuning, so I may need the 95.  Anybody play the 95?  How is the clarity of the B string?  

How do you like the pickups?  I'm looking for a passive, rootsy sound, like an electrified upright.

Thanks,
John

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Discuss Basses and Bass Playing / Greatest bass player
« on: July 05, 2006, 11:55:30 AM »
Jaco, not only for his virtuosity, but for what he did for the electric bass as a whole.  Revolutionized the way people think about the instrument and what it can do.

Stanley Clarke...all the Return to Forever stuff and School Daze

John Paul Jones

Billy Sheehan's work with David Lee Roth and Niacin

The late Bobby Sheehan of Blues Traveler...great groove player

Rocco Prestia...the God of finger funk!

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I would strongly advise against it.  In a very, very low volume pinch, you can do it, but you can fry your head, especially using newer active basses with onboard preamps.

Funny thing is, you can do the inverse and play a guitar through a bass amp...people from Muddy Waters to Queens of the Stone Age have been doing it.  

John

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Acoustic Guitar Players Post Comments & Questions / My New Studio!!!
« on: July 05, 2006, 11:43:46 AM »
Aww shucks, Drake.  You make me sound like a sweet ol' teddy bear.  Hello all, John here, affectionately known to some as Big B@lls.  Been playing bass about twenty years, really excited to be working with Drake.  We just see eye to eye and ear to ear on what rock and roll should sound like.  Very excited to see where this collaboration takes us musically.

Thanks for the advice on the bass! I'm looking for something rootsy sounding that has bite.  Something fretted for the more driving tunes, so I can really dig in.  I really like the AB40 accoustics, but I'm thinking I may need something louder and punchier.  How about the AB90s?  I'm thinking that cross of hollowbody and electric will give me the punch and clarity while maintaining the woody sound of my upright.  Any suggestions?

John

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