I'm aggressive on stage, which I guess comes through my bass playing but I always
keep in m ind en h a n cin g the band's sou nd. I play five-strin g W a rw ick b a sse s, b e ca u se
of the lo w er range and the filling up of so u n d that it provides. Finding the right tone
helped m e g ive P M 5 K that low end and gro w l that w e w e re loo king for. I slap , but not
in PM 5K. T h is is one of m y m ain te ch n iq u e s as a player. G ro w in g up I a lw a y s loved
fu n k and the gro o ve you can cre ate playing b a ss alo ng w ith drum s. If you lay dow n a
great g ro o ve w ith d ru m s you so m e tim e s do n 't need an ything e lse - g u e s s that's the
b a ss player in m e. Th e s e cre t of playing b a ss w ell is practice, and then m ore practice.
W h e n you are do ne then do it again. Jo k in g asid e , I also think playing b a ss is about
u n d ersta n d in g w h a t the need for the band is that you are playing in. Th e g rea te st
player that ever lived w a s Ja c o P asto riu s. H e brought b a ss playing to the forefro nt and
did th in gs on the b a ss that no one had th o u gh t about. C h ris W o lste n h o m e of M u se
is m y favou rite b a ss player right now. If you w an t to hear tone and gro o ve do ne by
playing o ne note, 'Sta rligh t' is the one. B ein g ab le to m ake a so n g so u n d like that w ith
o ne note and being able to have gro w l, gro o ve and tone is pretty am azing.
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OMER AVITAL,
OMER AVITAL QUINTET
I feel that four strings are enough for me. The secret of playing bass well is loving
the lo w end. M y b a ss he ro e s are Jim m y Blanton, C h a rle s M in gu s, O sca r Pettifo rd , Ray
B ro w n, Paul C h a m b e rs, S a m Jo n e s , and S co tt Lafaro. If I co uld g e t the b a ss tone of
an y albu m ever re le ased , I w o u ld ch o o se
Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus.
W e
have a n e w C D out,
New Song.
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BASSES Jo
AMPS
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BASSES
EffECTS
AMPS
fender Precision
None
Marshal valve head, Ampeg 8x10 cabs
COLIN FENNELLY.
kerbdog
I use a Fender Precision through a
Marshall valve head and Ampeg 8x10
cabs. I used to have a great Ampeg
SVTII valve head, which served me
well for many years. It weighed a
tonne. It sadly passed away last
year. No pedals for me. The sound I
get through the valve amp does the
job nicely. I don't do slap bass. It
doesn't work for our type of music
and I can't do it anyway. I really
admire the likes of Les Claypool,
of course, who carries it off really
well. The secret to playing any
instrum ent well is to play the music
you love. Simple. I can't remember
my first bass. It was cheap and
nasty. I do know that. I think I
bought it from a friend at school.
My favourite bass is my current
one: my Fender P. It has served
me well for over 15 years. I had a
great Music Man a while ago as
well, which was lovely to play! My
bass heroes? I love the style of Bob
Weston (Shellac) and David Sims
(Jesus Lizard). I also like the way
Lou Barlow played bass in Dinosaur
Jr. - a nice distorted sound.
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