1bassleft wrote:
I'd heard of Levin using Funky Fingers, didn't realize it came about that way, Dave. It doesn't surprise me the recorded version uses sticks; there's something ultra-percusive about the sound....

It's all in his book "Beyond the Bass Cleff" http://www.papabear.com/store/store.html... so buy one today!

to continue...1bassleft wrote:
I'm hoping guitar-store tryouts are changing (buyers and sellers). I used to absolutely hate pushy sales types not pushing their product but their bent thumb "technique". The first thing I'd do with a bass is listen to the sound and arsing about with pops, taps and slaps is no use at all (same with amps). I remember taking an interest in a used cab in a shop. Plugged in, just grabbed a righty bass and played some very simple, Swell-type of bass line. Something sounded not right but, next thing I know, this guy yanks the bass off me and does the "I'll show you what it can do" routine.

I've been very lucky in that I've worked with some really great music shop assistants and only one wanker of a prorietor. I used to have the policy of selling somebody something that they truly wanted and not something that they thought they wanted. I once sold a young chap the most expensive black-finished gold-plated bass in the shop which was £300 more than he had. I suggested he waited until he had the money. He came back and took away with him something that he truly wanted and then thanked me profusely. Occasionally he'd return to the shop and was all smiles.

In some shops the experience is more akin to Sumo wrestling than actual service.


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