Korn-Fieldy's technique

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by spectorbass83, Jun 6, 2005.

  1. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    Hi everyone, I am new to Talkbass.com. I have been playing bass for about 5 years now and the other day my band decided to cover "Got The Life" by Korn. I never was into Korn too much. How the hell does Fieldy get the sound we hear? Any Korn fans out there that can help me? Does Fieldy use any kinds of effects? How does he get that clicking sound (besides the fact that his 5-string is tuned down 1 whole step)? Any help would be greatly appreciated! :D
  2. Please do a search on the forum, we have beat this subject to death :)

    :: honkers down for the Fieldy flame war ::
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Boost your lows, cut your mids all the way, boost your highs all the way, and make sure your cab has a tweeter. Turn the tweeter all the way up too.
  4. sotua


    Sep 20, 2004
    US Northeast
    Tune down. Loose string click easier.

    Put a smiley in your eq. Boost the highs, drop the mids, boost the lows. And then boost the highs. And push that "bright" switch in your amp if it has one.

    Play aggressive. Really dig into those strings. Try to force the strings to hit the fretboard (quasi-slapping). Low action would be nice for this. Pretend that you are an alcoholic monkey that doesn't know how to play bass, and spank that bass.

    If you are miking your cab, put the mic closer to the tweeter :p
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  6. spectorbass83


    Jun 6, 2005
    Thank's for the awesome replies ladies and gents. :cool:
  7. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    tuning so your strings are really loose helps too.
  8. also known as "down tuning" as per the original post
  9. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I forget, didn't it have something to do with his shoes?
  10. eric234

    eric234 Guest

    Mar 11, 2005
    and also play your bass with the strap really low and have it almost upright that helps to get the right hand slap sound he gets
  11. SteveC


    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    He has technique?
  12. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    It would be pretty embarrassing but maybe we need a Fieldy megathread?
  13. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    Trust me, there are enough Fieldy threads on TB that he could have his own forum... :eek:

    So much for the search function. :rollno:
  14. FluxFreak13


    Jun 20, 2012
    Ive seen lots of posts on how he tunes
    But i seen him on you tube saying that he only detunes the B string to an A
    the rest are all in standard
    And he slaps with his thumb and hand not just one finger
    he also sturms down with all 4 fingers and pulls or pops at certain times
  15. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Lol. Not a fan of Korn after their first 2 albums. The first Korn album is absolutely great. I have met Fieldy twice and I can tell you he is an extremely nice, stand up guy. I hear lots of guys ( mostly around here, lol) talk about how Fieldy is a crappy bass player.

    So, I want to see some of you Pros post a video of you playing Blind for me.
  16. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
  17. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    Funny how Victor Wooten and Abe Laboriel use slap and strum techniques and you guys say they're great yet Fieldy uses some of the same techniques and he's "A drunk baboon who can't play bass."

    Wow! Really!?

    Are you really so caught up in stupid things like "Genre" and "Popularity" to see beyond it?

    I like his playing even though I don't play that genre. One thing I noticed on the track "Freak on a Leash" is that the bass line is essentially an Afro-Cuban Bass Tumbao with a flat fifth.

    I think that Fieldy is a good player for Korn and his tone is good for that but it wouldn't really work for any other band. When you are dealing with 2 down tuned 7 string guitars so that the low B is the same as an open A on a standard tuned bass that the player insists on a scooped mid sound, a down tuned bass (again scooped), and a kick drum all fighting for the same frequency range you almost have to rely on tricks like miking a tweeter to get the bass to stand out in the track.

    By the way I do wear the Fieldy shoes. I figured as a bass playing hippie the bass clefs and peace signs spoke to me. plus they're cheap and comfortable. I wear them more as a proud bass player then as a Korn Fan. Bassist down to the tires holmes.

    Stay Brown,
    Rev J
  18. Tupac


    May 5, 2011
    Good job, I'll hop in my time machine and be sure to relay the message to the OP.
  19. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Holy zombie thread...

  20. mward69


    Jan 20, 2007
    Conyers, GA
    This is what I always say when people start bashing his sound or playing.....HE is on stage, touring, "living the rockstar life" and YOUR not ;) he has made a TON of money...where are you? Sitting at home, bashing HIS playing ....lol
  21. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 EBMM Nut

    Jul 5, 2010
    Santa Barbara, CA
    So? Doesn't mean people can't have an opinion on his playing or sound. Just because he's rich or famous does not make him immune to anything.