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BASSES Warwick Coi
EFFECTS Boss ME-50
AMPS
SVT4 Pro, SV
JARED STURGiS.
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HRYSALIS
I play a five-string bass because I can express myself more.
W ith five strin g s, a w id er array of note co m b in atio n s is m ore
e asily a c c e ssib le . I slap b e ca u se it ad d s flavour to the m usic.
It's a lw a y s been o ne of m y favou rite sty le s. I try to thro w
it in the m ix w h e n e ve r it fits a so n g or part. Th e se cre t to
playing b a ss w ell is to have fun and enjoy yo u rse lf. If yo u 're
enjo yin g yo u rse lf, then you 'll play m ore, and e xp e rim e n t
m ore. It'll even tu ally reflect in you r p erfo rm ance. I th in k it's
also im portant to play w ith other m u sicia n s. You can learn a
lot by playing w ith p eo ple from d iffe re n t m u sical b a ckgro u n d s
than your ow n. M y first b a ss w a s a fou r-string G uild straigh t
out of the 1970s. M y dad sto red it in m y clo se t w h e n I w a s
a kid. A fte r I g re w up a little, I found it and started m e ssin g
around w ith it. M y favou rite b a ss ever to date is the W a rw ick
Th um b. G reat lo o k an d tone. T h e cra ftsm a n sh ip is e x ce lle n t -
a w o rk of art. M y b a ss he ro e s are L e s Clayp o o l, Ryan M artinie,
Flea, C liff Burton, and V icto r W oo ten to nam e a few . The
g re a te st b a ss player that ever lived is Flea. I listened to the
Chili P e p p e rs a lot g ro w in g up. I a lw a y s adm ired Flea, and he
inspired m e to play. I love his a g g re s siv e slap and m elo dic
te ch n iq u e s. H e kn o w s w h e n to play co m p lex, or w h e n to be
subtle. H e a lw a y s co m p le m e n ts so n g s perfectly. O ur se co n d
album is out now.
www.chrysalisband.com
g e a r
JAMES CAMERON. S
teak
I've only got three strings on my bass. By taking off the F
strin g (w e play in drop C), it m a ke s it e asier to atta ck the high
C a little harder. I can barely u se three strin g s, let alo ne a five-
or six-strin g b a ss. I w ou ld tend to a sso cia te a five- or six-strin g
w ith tech n ical, co m p le x playing w h ich is really the an tith esis
of w h a t our ge n re , sto n e r rock, is about. I do not slap. W h at's
slap b a ss? Th e se cre t of playing b a ss w ell is listen in g to
w h a t the other band m e m b e rs are playing, and p ickin g your
m o m e n ts to sta n d out and kn o w in g w h e n to sit behind. M y
first b a ss w a s a Sq u ie r thing that I bo ugh t alo ng w ith a little
Fen der am p. I rem em b er sn ap p in g the strin g s freq u en tly
w h en tuning, as I w a s reading the n o tes of the strin g s the
w ro n g w a y round. If I co uld g e t the b a ss tone of any album
ever re le ased , I w ou ld ch o o se
Rated R
by Q u e e n s O f Th e
S to n e A g e . N ick O live ri kills it.
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g e a r
PAT SEALS. F
lyleaf
I would describe my bass style as.
.. Simian? Keith from
Buckcherry once told m e I played bass like the Sam sonite gorilla
from the old TV adverts. I've alw ays had fun m essin g around with
five- and six-string b a sses, but four se em to get the job done for
Flyleaf's material. I do not usually slap in public.
.. You have to wear
the b a ss up all high like a 9 0 s goth choker n ecklace if you're go ing to
be slapping for m ore than 10 seco n d s, and I haven't found a place in
Flyleaf quite yet for that skill set. Don't get m e w rong, slapping is cool;
I actually m ade som e slap attem pts in m y old band in high school,
trying to em ulate Flea and P-Nut from 311. Fun tim es. The secret of
playing b a ss well is getting in w here you should fit in, regarding the
song. Understanding being part of a w hole is important, as is being
self-aw are, m usically. A lso, don't be the only person w ith a m ohaw k.
M y b a ss heroes are Kim Deal, Tim Com m erford, Chi Ch en g, Bakithi
Kum alo, Tony Kanal, M ike Dirnt, Ju stin Chancellor, am ong others. If I
could get the b a ss tone of any album ever released, I w ould cho ose
Ju stin Chancellor's tone from
Lateralus,
Tool's third album. There's
such a spectrum there: cla ssic dirty Tool tone w here it needs to be,
but then beautifully arresting section s featuring a clean sound, often
with a sim ple part, som etim es sw im m ing in effects. Chancellor's
m usical and sonic cho ices co nsistently exem plify good sound design.
Flyleaf is touring in O ctober in support of Betw een The Stars, our first
record with Kristen May. W e are looking at com ing to the U K soon.
www.flyleafmusic.com
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