Thursday, 06 September 2012
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About a month ago I subbed for a local jug band. [url:3vyc55pu]http://www.facebook.com/TheLibertyBondJugBand[/url:3vyc55pu] I used the Super PJ4. It was a fun gig, but best of all I ended up with this bass. This belongs to the band leader, who bought it and set it up for his son. Son quits band and playing: it's gathering dust. He suggests that it go live at my house, and I should work up the material for the jug band on it. I'm having a blast. Blue painter's masking tape, and sharpie "cheater" marks. I'm working on accuracy and I'll renew the tape with fewer marks as I get more confident. Rerouting all the old patterns is opening up new ideas all over the place. The long scale makes the notes super clear. I put a Fishman BP 100 pickup on it, and picked up the Fishman Platinum Pro EQ Bass pre amp. That solved the amplifacation problem. I'm only into it for $200 at this point, but I'm hunting a bow, (good thing it's bow hunting season around here). Best part is playing outside on the deck without any wires or power. That, and being told to "turn it down, or use the headphones, it's shaking the floor up here!" And it's not even plugged in! I'm trying to keep it down to an hour a day, so I don't get too sore. It's kind of addictive. [img:3vyc55pu]http://img4.imageshack.us/img4/9333/p9060009j.jpg[/img:3vyc55pu][img:3vyc55pu]http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/1684/p9060010.jpg[/img:3vyc55pu] I'm trying to get it up to speed for an Oct 6th gig with a slide player. [url:3vyc55pu]http://www.dennisjohnsonslide.com/index/[/url:3vyc55pu] I'd like to play the first, more acoustic sounding set on the DB.
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Hahaha, "No money up here". What does the other one say? Jazz? I don't play upright, but I use the Simandl book to practice sight reading. You may find it useful for intonation :)
9 years ago
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That looks like fun alright. I have debating about selling a pedal to get a cheap cello (considered bass as well as flute to try), but from what I've heard the cheap ones are just that. Maybe I'll rent one of these days. Another thing that would be fun to play with is a EWI 4000s wind instrument.
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I thought you were supposed to play washtub bass in a jug band. :D "Bow hunting season"! Ugh! German or French? I find German style bows more natural/comfortable, and they have an advantage IMO if you need to quickly switch from arco to pizzicato with no time to quiver the bow. And yes, make sure you use a fingering technique appropriate for URB, i.e., no "one finger per fret", which you really should not use on bass guitar either, except perhaps up high in the no-money zone. Francois Rabbath's technique is a very good alternative to Simandl. Good luck, and have fun!
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The other piece of tape just says "12", I'll be adding cheaters up to C on the G string, you pretty much need those notes. I've got a buddy who wants to get rid of his German bow for cheap, and it's a local deal, so I can try it. I'm pretty sure I want the French but it won't hurt to try both. There is a local string instructor so I can get a lesson or two just on the bow and basics. I'll check out the Simandl book from the library, right now the Rufus Reid and Ray Brown's book is keeping me busy. I'm a non reader, so it's painful, but I always wanted to be able to read, and this is a long road. I was working up in Seattle last week and we got down to Pioneer Square for some Cajun at the New Orleans. I got to see Clarence Acox's Heritage jazz band with Phil Sparks on bass. Very nice playing, and really cool arco soloing. Also, good etouffee, red beans and rice, and corn bread. I'm trying to keep the whole thing on the cheap, since if and when this bass moves on, I'll need bucks for another, and DB's can cost big bucks. Here's a quandry: If the DB thing works, would I sell a Dingwall or two to get a nice upright? :?:
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[quote="singlemalt":2nurg6c9]Here's a quandry: If the DB thing works, would I sell a Dingwall or two to get a nice upright? :?:[/quote:2nurg6c9] Depends on your collection - and if there are any I want. :lol:
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Funny thing, Notreble is featuring a video of Renaud Garcia-Fons who has obviously spent way too much time in the dog house... but I'm glad he did, because the result is beautiful. Makes me want to pick up a double bass, a bow and a dog house! Pack your pipe, put your slippers on, and have a listen: [url:1qfxikg7]http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2012/09/07/renaud-garcia-fons-tiny-desk-concert/[/url:1qfxikg7]
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Nice video. I'm finding lots of great stuff on youtube. I must be doing something right on the karma wheel, I've just been offered a free Hammond B2. (At least he thinks its a B2, sounds more like a later T model) Either that or I'm a sucker for free stuff. All I have to do is drive up to Seattle and pick it up, about 4 hours each way. Maybe I'll go on a Wed. and catch another set with Clarence Acox's band. If you've ever watched the dvd "Chops" about the Essentially Ellington contest, Mr Acox's Garfield High School jazz band is a perennial finalist. One of those "once in a lifetime" educators. I'm thinking jambalaya and jazz at the New Orleans, and a trip to Bass NW, (I've never played an AB-2) conveniently located on the same block! In keeping with the local, free or really cheap, falling into my lap vibe, German bow it is!
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