Excuse me, Mr. Manring
, I have a question for you regarding a specific technique you use in this performance.
It's one of the performances that really turned me on to experimental and solo bass, and although I'm relatively inexperienced, only being a player for 7 or 8 years, and a serious BASS player for only 3 or 4, I feel that this style of music, and the general direction of using electric bass with similar function to a solo acoustic guitar, is something that I really catch on to. I'm currently preparing my own rendition of this piece as my feature piece in a Battle of the Bands that I'm hoping to enter myself in as a solo artist. (Fingers crossed) But that's kind of beside the point.
My SPECIFIC question is this: In the first "Verse" (I'm going to hope you understand what I mean by this), you do something that sonically resembles a woodblock occasionally, for a sort of backbeat. Obviously, I don't strive to recreate your performance, and I play the song my own way, but how do you make that sound? I've tried several approaches, but they either sound too muted, like a click or snap, or too toneful, a palm muted popped harmonic. None of that nice, resonant, woodblock tone you get, which makes me think it may be piezo pickups embedded in the wood, a la the Hyperbass, although I don't know if your custom Sonus has such a system. In any case, pure, unrelenting curiosity is driving me to ask this question.
As always, I'm a huge fan of your work, and hope to see you perform some day.