Simple Minds - Ghostdancing

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by mandohack, Mar 22, 2014.


  1. mandohack

    mandohack Supporting Member

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    You suppose the bass "solo" late in the live version of "Ghost Dancing" (Ghostdancing) by Simple Minds from their "Live in the City of Lights" that John Giblin is using a double-thumbing technique to get such percussive, fast notes going? It's a great little bit that always catches my ear.
  2. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

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    That, to me, sounds like a pick and light gauge strings.
  3. bass12

    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

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    Then again if this is John Giblin then he does appear to be doing somthing that could very well be double thumbing:
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    bass12 Fueled by chocolate Supporting Member

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    This is from an interview with JG that I just came across. I don't know if it relates to what is heard on "Ghostdancing":

    "I don't do slap at all now, but there was a period where
    I experimented with fast rhythmic delays, and slap was
    necessary for the percussive element. I had to add a lot of
    low 200hz to 400hz to bring out the note with that technique".
  5. mandohack

    mandohack Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys.

    The higher parts sound like thumping on the D and G to me, but can't imagine playing them that fast and that cleanly without a double thumbing technique. I don't get pick attack out of it.

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