Im thinking of exploring the bass guitar now that I think Ive mastered rhythm guitar playing (im still struggling with lead playing) does anyone know where a good place to start?. Im after playing reggae and ska playing as I want to start putting down some songs Ive got in my head. Can anyone recommend a good starter bass?.
Blue looks nice but how does it sound? Fenders are best i reckon* I had to switch too bass at the age of 18 yrs as my pals all played guitar better than me, (I had a Burns Tri-Sonic) but bought a Antoria Les Paul Gold Top Guitar and Auditioned for a Workingmens Club band as a lead guitarests and bluffed my way in, and havent looked back since*
Not pumped the semi acoustic through an amp yet, only got it last week. All three are very light, better for throwing myself round stage with, I've found Fenders are quite heavy but it does contribute to their sound I guess. Jase the Bass fom Kifaru plays a Charvette & he can't believe how light the Yamaha is compared to his, it gives out a rockier, brighter sound compared to his tho' due to the lighter weight? I'll give an update on the semi acoustic next week when I've put it through its paces.
I've heard hollow body basses are good for reggae as they give out a boomier sound. I picked up the 5 string for £50 first as a few of the Guttercats songs switch to reggae from punk & I wanted to play on the low B for a deeper sound. Them Fender Jazz basses weigh a ton, no wonder Horace wanted to switch, especially with his knee needing surgery at the time! Noticed the purists never moaned about Brad using electronics & triggers on his drums though.......
I had a go on some 2nd hand ones in cash converters today, there was one an unidentified brand for about £75 quid that was nice and smooth action wise. I might pop into Brum on the weekend and ask some advice from the blokes at Musical exchange. I need to hear them amped up, you cant tell with out the amp if they will be any good.
That reminds about what i was going to ask you Roddy. I would like your advice on what the best guitar picks are for a nice clean sound, but also capable of giving a good SKA choppy/ punkish sound, not unlike that band you play part time for. Im using factory standard Strat one sat the moment, but ive noticed if I record guitar parts to my PC, the noise is quite bad, and even just palying in my bedroom there tends to be alot of "bleed" coming formt he pick ups. I need something that will do the above too cut down on any unnessary noise.
The noise is quite bad because of mismatched impedances, meaning the gain on the card probably turned right up to get what hasn't been lost of the signal. Plugging a guitar direct to a recorder never seems to get satisfactory results. Some suggest using a DI box, but most mic the cab for authentic results. I myself haven't had much joy using computers for recording as I had with a portastudio. Whatever I've done with me keyboards using digital gear has never come out right. I play a nice full sound, I record it and it comes back flat and sterile. Ideally an 8 track reel-reel is what I want but costs are a barrier and I don't know if I could justify the outlay on the off chance I'll make full use of it.
Medium/Hard Nylon Dunlop picks with raised nipples on...nice, well the nipples stop em slippin. Had a beautiful 1960,s Fender Strat but couldnt get on with it.. kept knockin thge 3-way switch so i swopped if for a Gretch.. As to electronics? i havent got a clue. Live most Bass players tend to D.I. and mike up the cab. Ive just bought a Boss Digital portable studio* Taken it out of the box so far.