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S Ernie Bal Music Man Stingray 5 HH, Sennheiser G3 wireless
S lech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver Deluxe pedal, lech 21 Boost Bass Chorus pedal, lech 21 Bass Boost fuzz
lech 21 B410-V1 bass cabinets
ADAM WOLOSZYN,
I would describe my bass style as rhythmic. I like to accent
the drum pattern of the so n g . I often u se o cta v e s, either low
or high , so I can still hit the root n o tes o f the guitar riff but
ch a n g e it up a bit. I play five -strin g b a sse s. I have o n e six-
strin g at ho m e for fun. Sla p p in g isn 't n eed ed for N on po in t
so n g s , but I do th ro w in so m e thum b action live w h e n I get
too e xcite d . T h e re 's a se ctio n in th e live ve rsio n o f th e so n g
'R a b ia ' w h e re I do so m e slap p in g and po ppin g. Th e se cre t
'T H E GREA1ES1 BASS PLAYER 1HA1 EVER LIVED HAS 10 BE
JOHN PAUL JO N ES OF LED ZEPPELIN. HIS PLAYING WAS A
BIG INFLUENCE. PLUS THE MAN CAN PLAY PRETTY MUCH
ixe, Fender Fretless Jazz Bass,
it-string
Drive,
R M82 Bass Envelope Filter
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FREDDY VILLANO, AMERICAN MAFIA
I've always been more into players who play bass, like Jam es
Ja m e rso n , B o z Burrell, A n d y Fraser, Jo h n Paul Jo n e s , G e ezer
Butler and Bernard Ed w a rd s than the virtu o so s. Th at probably
ste m s from being m ore into great so n g s than virtu o sic playing.
I am as influenced by the sin g e r-so n g w rite r Ch arlie Sexto n
as I am by G e ezer Butler. I m o stly play fou r-string b a ss, but
do o w n and play a five -strin g and an eigh t-strin g. It's out of
n e c e ssity really, e sp e cia lly w h e n playing po w er m etal and
stoner/doom . B a n d s in th o se ge n re s, at le ast the o n e s I've
w o rked w ith , like a lot of B, C and C # tuning, so the five-strin g
really a cco m m o d a te s that sou nd. I had a real epip h an y w hen
I realised I co uld ju st tune the five-strin g to a lo w C or C #
w hen a so n g w a s in o ne of th o se k e ys rather than trying to
H
of p layin g b a ss w ell is fo llo w in g the d ru m s. It's the rhythm
se ctio n , so e m b ra ce it. M y first b a ss w a s an Ep ip h o n e P -B a ss
kn o cko ff. Its the o nly fo u r-strin g I'v e ever o w n ed but its the
bad boy w h o kicked it all off. M y favo u rite b a ss ever is m y
cu rren t red and b lack S tin g ra y 5 HH w ith a m aple fretboard.
It's ju st p erfect. Th e g re a te st b a ss player that ever lived has
to be Jo h n Paul Jo n e s of Led Ze p p elin . H is playing w a s a big
in flu en ce. P lu s the m an can play pretty m uch an y in stru m e n t
out there. W e have our job to do in the band as part o f the
rhythm se ctio n and the b a ckb o n e but, o n ce that is co ve re d ,
w e are fre e to add in w h a te ve r our cre ative m in d s can
a ch ie ve. M o st o f the liste n e rs w ill probably never hear th o se
n u a n ce s and extra no te s, but o ther b a ss is ts w ill and that is
glo rio u s. O ur n e w albu m
The Return
is out: co m e on out to a
sh o w , let lo o se and bang you r head w ith me.
www.nonpoint.com
"I W ILL SLA P IF IT'S SOMETHING I'VE W RITTEN, BUT IT'S
NOT NECESSARILY SOMETHING I GRAVITATE TOW ARDS IF I'M
JAM M ING OR IM PROVISING. IT'S MORE OF A SONGW RITING
TOOL TO ME THAN PYROTECHNICS"
play it first or se co n d position. I w ill slap if it's so m e th in g I've
w ritten, but it's not n e c e ssa rily so m e th in g I gravitate to w ard s
if I'm ja m m in g or im p ro visin g. It's m ore of a so n g w ritin g tool
to m e than p yro tech n ics. M y favou rite b a ss ever to date is
m y silve r sp a rkle c u sto m sh o p Fen d er P -B a s s D e lu xe , built by
A le x Perez. Th e g re a te st b a ss player that ever lived is Ju an
A ld erete. A n d I'm not ju st sa y in g that b e ca u se h e's m y friend:
h e's a pioneer. A m e rica n M afia's
Rock N ' Roll Hit Machine
is
probably m y p ro u d est m om ent. I not o nly played b a ss and co -
w ro te the tu n e s, but also produ ced the record.
www.grooveyardrecords.com/americanmafiarocknrollhitmachine.html
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