ain't nobody by chaka khan (moog or real bass?)

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  1. mowmwbass

    mowmwbass

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    Hi,

    For long time, ain't nobody by Chaka Khan's bass line was recorded with moog and Linn Drum for drums. At that time it was very popular to use those synth technologies. But I listen to the bass line carefully and I realized that it sounds kind of like a P bass. And the bass line is not really quantized either.

    Do you think the bass is moog like my original thought? Or is it a p bass?
  2. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Gold Supporting Member

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    It sounds like a typical Moog tone. I don't hear a Pbass in there.
    It has no reason to be quantized, since back then people took the time to actually play synth lines rather than program them.
  3. bass12

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    Sounds to me like a synth. Bobby Watson was an amazing bass player but have you ever tried to play that line as cleanly as it is on the record? I don't even know if it would be possible...
  4. ERIC31

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    Synth bass all the way! I love that song too. I don't hear any bass guitar in it the hundreds of times I've listened to it. My vote is for MiniMoog.
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  6. mowmwbass

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    At first I thought so but I do hear the upper tones that can be similar with P Bass. I was thinking that maybe moog tried to capture P Bass tone.
  7. mowmwbass

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    Yes, I really love that bass line from the first time I've heard it.
    I watched some YouTube video and some plays pretty close but not quite. Now it's my dream to be able to play exactly the same as that recording.
  8. mowmwbass

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    Yeah it's a great song from top to bottom. So I guess its a moog or mini moog or midi moog. I do hear some similar upper tone that can be played with p bass though.
  9. punchdrunk

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    Great track. I just referred it to the DJ at my local hang spot, she's in her twenties and had never heard it. It's in her line up now tho. Killer track!
  10. Jay Q

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    Definitely synth. My band covers it, and I use the EHX Bass Microsynth to emulate the tone. That line is a workout!
  11. mowmwbass

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    It's amazing someone can make this kind of song. It shocked me when I heard it the first time which was in the mid 80's.
  12. mowmwbass

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    I think it is even harder to play with electric bass but I think it might be possible if I practice hard enough. Synthesizer can be mono phonic which is kind of hard to do with real bass IMO.
  13. Jay Q

    Jay Q Supporting Member

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    For sure. Getting that line down has been a great exercise in articulation. I might post a Youtube clip of that at some point.
  14. BassLife77

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    thats Hawk's Moog. I played this every night during my cover band days. wasn't that hard, its just octaves
  15. markjazzbassist

    markjazzbassist Supporting Member

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    moog, great baseline and fun to play.
  16. JimK

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    I thought it was Hawk Wolinski; it's his song, correct?
    ...I was not 100%, though, 'cause "Ain't Nobody" & 3 others were studio cuts on the Stompin' At The Savoy live double-album.
    I looked in the liners the other night-
    Gregg Philliganes is listed as bass synth for (IIRC) ""Try a Little Understanding".
    James Newton Howard is also listed as Keys/synths...

    In any event, great LIVE album even with the 4 studio cuts.
    :)
  17. dolfinman

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    Try some palm muting. Use your thumb on the low strings and dig in!
    Its worth learning in advance because if this tune gets called you need the chops.

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