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ANDY CARR. H E 1
I played in a band before I even owned my own bass guitar. I have
never owned an amp. I don't have a clue at all about equipment.
Up until about two years ago I didn't know the difference
between passive and active basses. I started playing bass in
2004 at the tender age of 18, just before I left school. My friend
had a pale green Fender Precision in his room and I used to
mess about on it instead of going to class. For my first ever
gig with a band I had to borrow said bass as I didn't own (and
couldn't afford) one as I was still at school and skint. My first
bass was a black Ibanez GIO, which is currently somewhere in
Bavaria. Great sounding bass for the price. Slapping the bass is
ace, because it sounds cool and funky, and deep down everyone
wishes they could do it (including me), but just for fun. I don't
think it has much place in rock music. The greatest bass player
of all time is John Deacon, because he could underplay and
overplay perfectly, and was an amazing songwriter.
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M ALCOLM FOSTER.
I have my personal technique that I can adapt to the styles
of music I play and I ensure that I am comfortable. I love five-
strings for the increased lower range: an essential weapon
in my armoury. I used a six-string on some recording with
Simple Minds in Amsterdam. Great for cutting tracks but too
feckin' cumbersome for live work. I have tried slap on a couple
of songs recording-wise over the years but it is a style that is
covered beautifully by so many other players that I've never
felt the need to take it further. The secret of playing bass well
is understanding what bass does in a song, knowing where the
one is, being solid and not overplaying. My first bass was a bright
green sunburst semi-acoustic Egmond. Classy! My favourite bass
ever to date is my first custom-built Roger Giffin four-string. The
greatest bass player that ever lived was Johann Sebastian Bach.
If I could get the bass tone of any album ever released, I would
choose any pre-CBS Precision or Jazz and an old Ampeg SVT set-
up. It's where the best sounds start.
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