BASSiCALLY SPEAKING
ESPEN LiEN, AUDREY HDRNE
No offence, you guys out there in bass land, but six-string
b a ss e s loo k a bit silly, and m e u sin g a p ick w h ile playing
m a ke s it d ifficu lt to u se as w ell. I am very co n serva tive here,
sorry. I still do n 't kn o w h o w you g u y s out there m an a ge to
play on th e se things. R e sp e c t - I d o not slap. Th e only thing I
slap is m y w ife 's a ss, and the o ccasio nal fooling around during
"THE SECRET Df PLAYING BASS W ELL COMES DOWN TO
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so u n d ch e ck s slapp in g the b a ss for the hell of it. Th e se cre t of
playing b a ss w ell c o m e s dow n to rehearsing: the hours you
sp en d p ractising w h ile you are you ng is so m e th in g that will
stic k to you forever. O f co u rse, try to sta y so b er w h en you play
live, there is a lw ays tim e to drink beer later. You also need a
proper w arm -up before you go on sta ge. Play loud and play
proud. Th e grea te st b a ss player that ever lived w a s Phil Lynott.
H e had a s e x y tone and style, used a Precision b a ss, and he
could sin g at the sa m e tim e as he played b a ss. C o o le st guy
ever. A u d rey Horne has ju st released our fifth studio album
w orldw ide. It's called
Pure Heavy
and it kicks so m e se rio u s ass.
www.audreyhornemusic.com
but I w ould s a y that I'm flexib le in m y b a ss style. I play w ith
fin ge rs, I play w ith a pick, I love to slap and I'm influenced by
all kinds of m u sic. For a b a ss player I have extre m e ly sm all
hands and that's w h y playing six-strin g b a sse s is a pain in the
a ss. Five-strin g b a sse s are okay, but I do n't really like them . For
low tu n in gs I u se a four-string b a ss strung B, E, A , D. Th at d o es
the trick. I slap , b e ca u se I a b so lu tely love it. W h en I started
playing b a ss at the age of 19, slap p in g w a s the first sty le I
learned. Th e se cre t of playing b a ss w ell is playing to gether w ith
other m u sicia n s. M y first b a ss w a s a Sq u ie r P re cisio n built in
the 1980s. I put in an a ctive A le m b ic P/J p icku p sy ste m and I
still u se it a lot in the stu dio today. M y favourite b a ss ever to
date is a H oyer T-Sta x w ith Kent A rm stro n g p icku p s built in the
1980s for the Frankfurt M u sic Fair. I go t it from the o w n er of
a local sto re w ho to o k it directly from the fair. A t first he didn't
w an ted to sell it, but about one year later he aske d m e if I w as
still interested . O f co u rse I w as. M y b a ss h ero es? I'm too old
for having hero es. Th e b a ss p layers w ho influenced m e w h en I
started playing w ere M ark King, Sta n le y Clarke, Jo h n En tw istle,
S te v e Harris and Colin H o dgkinso n.
www.gammaray.org
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