Any "surf" bassists here?
I've been playing in a surf band on the side from my rock band for a few months now and I'm really digging it.
I'm curious if anyone else here is in, or has ever been in a surf band.
My previous band played a lot of surf music and I really enjoyed it.
I ended up buying a bass that I thought fit the genre well. It is a sonic blue Squier Precision. I was using my Alembic and I just thought it was a little weird. Plus it is heavy and my shoulder decided it had enough and was complaining.
I've been playing in one for a few years now. It's been a learning experience, and a lot of fun.
It's cool, because with both originals and covers you can play to any crowd by speeding up/ slowing down or adjusting your volume and use of distortion. Older folks remember hearing alot of the old standards, and if you play loud and fast enough, you can play at punk shows.
I've discovered some pretty cool bands in the genre, too.
I'm curious about whether any of you guys use any effects. In all of the surf music that I've heard the bass seem to be pretty clean, so that's how I've been playing it as well.
I'm not in a "Surf Band" but whenever there is a chance I come to my hometown I surf (even though I sucked both on playing bass and surfing)..
Does that count?...
I haven't used any effects, yet. I've been playing with two guitarists, and they"re using all kinds of stuff. I think it sounds better to just provide a smooth and clean foundation.
Easier to cut through, as well.
I got that bass I described earlier and have it strung with flats and played it with a pick so it sounded very authentic to me and my bandmates.
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