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Rick Danko article

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by the rocket, Apr 1, 2012.


  1. the rocket

    the rocket Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2005
    Louisville, KY
  2. treekiller

    treekiller

    Mar 4, 2010
    Iowa
    Thanks much for posting this! Rick Danko gets overlooked far too often as does another favorite of mine, Carl Radle. :cool:
     
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  4. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    76227
    Thanks man, I just quoted you on facebook. I will be going to school on your piece very soon. Now if I can only find a pick somewhere . . .

    "The Band was made up of five musicians who had truly unique and individual voices on their instruments, but they were five parts of the same machine—and they were making that machine work like crazy."
     
  5. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    76227
    "My favorite Danko lines are "The Shape I'm In", "Ophelia" and "King Harvest". Great, great stuff!
     
  6. the rocket

    the rocket Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2005
    Louisville, KY
    Interesting! I wrote a similar article on Carl Radle last year.

    A Lesson in Carl Radle's Style | Bass Musician
     
  7. the rocket

    the rocket Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2005
    Louisville, KY
    Yeah, Ophelia is such a great groove. Someone should put together a whole book of his bass lines. So many good ones!
     
  8. treekiller

    treekiller

    Mar 4, 2010
    Iowa
  9. greggster59

    greggster59 Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2006
    New Jersey
    This is great! Thanks.
     
  10. hec86

    hec86

    Dec 6, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    He was a great bassist and vocalist. I love his line on 'Revolution Blues' on Neil Young's 'On the Beach'.
     
  11. PWRL

    PWRL

    Sep 15, 2006
    Yonder
    Very cool, Danko and Radle are two of my favorites.
     
  12. AlvarHanso

    AlvarHanso

    Jun 20, 2011
    Thanks for this and the transcriptions, especially Life is a Carnival! That line absolutely kills me. I have no idea how he plays that funky groove in the midst of all else going on around it. Danko is one of the most underrated bassists of all time, especially considering how incredible his band was. (And you're right about Garth, too. His solos come out of nowhere and sometimes include such dissonant passages before resolving perfectly that his musicianship is astounding.)
     
  13. the rocket

    the rocket Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2005
    Louisville, KY
    Thanks everybody! I'm glad the article is helpful (or at least interesting). Danko had such a creative and unique approach to the instrument. It was a lot of fun getting to spend the time transcribing and writing about his bass lines. And I'm really glad there is still an audience for an article about him!
     
  14. DHowardAir

    DHowardAir

    Apr 26, 2009
    Tulsa, OK

    AGREED 110% !!
     
  15. Tele295

    Tele295

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ventura, CA
    I read through that article and Danko'd my brains out at our gig this weekend. The band really dug it.

    Iagree that somebody needs to write a full book on "How to Danko". In addition to the aforementioned "Ophelia," "Shape," "King Harvest," I'd like to see "Don't Do It," "Christmas Must Be Tonight," "Rag Mama Rag", and "Time to Kill"
     



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