BASSICALLYSPEAKING
L I N D S A Y
C O U L S O N . KING KING
My bass style is simplistic, cohesive and direct, the foundations to the
house if you will. I tend to find playing simply and straight carries more
weight than trying to be flowery, it provides the building blocks for
the rest of the band, in theory making the sum greater than its parts. 1
have always played four-string basses: in the past I have never needed
to go beyond the range a four string can offer, plus the string spacing
is so ingrained in me I think 1
would struggle. A low В of a five-string is
often difficult to settle into a live mix. though it's often nice to get to a
low D. 1
have a Hipshot detuner fitted to my bass to drop the E string by
a tone. I never was a slapper. It’s never really fitted with the genre we
play, and to be honest I wouldn’t know where to start anyway. I have
to admit admiring those that do. but 1
don’t. The secret of playing bass
well is working with a drummer that has impeccable timing, listen to
him or her and lock in. Be consistent and confident, but remember to
be sympathetic and dynamic as the music requires. My first bass was
a budget Korean Starforce: it had a very long neck and a high action.
It was a pig to play but it did have two images of Saturn at the 12th
fret! I quickly moved on to a Fender Precision. My favourite bass is my
1978 Music Man Stingray, it thunders and is a favourite for recording.
I would love to own a pre-CBS P Bass: maybe one day. My bass heroes?
From my blues background I would have to say Keith Ferguson from
the Fabulous Thunderbird’s first line up: great feel and tone. 1
really
like Tex Comer from Ace. He used flatwounds and played with a pick
on an old P-Bass. I need to start doing that! I also really admire the
funk of James Jamerson. Bob Babbit and Bootsy. Their timing and
note placement is out of this world. It may be an old cliche, but play the
song, play from the heart and make every note count
even the ones
you don’t play. Our new album
Reach
ing
For The
L
igh
t
is released by
Manhaton Records on 5 May. and we play London's Jazz Cafe on 6 May.
www.kingkingblues.com
M A R C E L O Y A K K O ,
GEAR
My style is very varied and I deeply love
rock and progressive metal, so I combine
musical styles such as jazz and typical
Argentine rhythms. While I use a five-string
bass on my albums I feel more comfortable
with four strings: there is something in the
feel of four strings that allows me to express
myself much more freely. The secret of
playing bass well is obviously practice, but
at some point get carried away by your
feelings: only they will guide you to what
will be for you the perfect bass. My first bass
was built by my father. Jose Yakko. The bass
that has affected me forever is and always
will be the Fender Jazz. My bass heroes, in
order of appearance in my life, are Steve
Harris. Billy Sheehan. Stu Hamm, Marcus
Miller. Randy Coven, Michael Manring
and many more. I have just finished a new
album entitled
Loop-L
ife
.
www.marceloyakko.com.ar
BASS GUITAR MAGAZINE
Fender Marcus M
iller Jazz.Yamaha BB
405
MXR
M
8Q
D
i. MXR
compressor. Cube Booster. Zoom
MS70
COR
, Boss RV5
.
Boss G
igadelay D020.Whammy 01, Boss Loopsiation RC30
. Boland GR20
synth
Ampeg BA115
HP
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