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Wynona's Beaver

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Solitarely, Sep 3, 2013.

  1. Solitarely

    Solitarely

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    Is this song slapped, or is it fingered? I just can't get every note slapping to sound crisp.
  2. ffutterman

    ffutterman Talentless Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

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  3. bkbirge

    bkbirge Supporting Member

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    I would suggest that this song is stroked.
  4. JSpradBass

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    Fingering the beaver sounds about right.
  5. Solitarely

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    Ah yes, thank you! Much more playable.

    If my cover band can rehearse this solid do you think the general public would care? Some songs like sir duke aren't the most dancy but after there's lively applause although they like dancing tunes the most.

    Would this song still be fun and cool or would it turn people off?

    I think it'd be 50/50 chance of being positive and worth a shot.
  6. Nickbass90

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    Make sure you tell it you love it, otherwise it won't let you finger it. You'll have to slap it.
  7. HeebHammer70

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    Primus isn't exactly normal people music. Try starting off with 'This song sucks!' and then judging reaction for your next show
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    chubfarm2001 Supporting Member

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    I slapped the beaver one time. It turned into a porcupine.
  9. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    It depends on the audiences age range
    25-35 it should go over very well
    40-up, iffy unless they are good and drunk
  10. MatticusMania

    MatticusMania LANA! HE REMEMBERS ME! Supporting Member

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    Are you talking about Wynona Ryder's beaver?

    Or the big brown one?

    Despite what people think they are not one in the same.

    Wynons Ryder's is average size, and a pale fleshy colored.
  11. Solitarely

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    I'm crushing it! I'm to the last verse past all the soloing. 5 hours later. Unfortunately I have to stop. My plucking/struming hand is too tight and sore, all those fast harmonic triplets he does. I'm so close but I have to wait until tomorrow. Maybe review it before bed? I hope so.

    Anybody find that sometimes when you put in the effort to learn a song's parts identicle to the recording when you try to learn it with the band, being so determined and rigid to keep your perfect parts it doesn't sound as good as other songs you learned together just winging it because it becomes your cover with your band's dynamics, personality, and flavor. Like our version of "Some Kind of Wonderful" is all funked out and dance-y. It's really cool.

    So to continue to push and force my technique to improve, what are some other challenging bass driven songs? Anybody listen to Robert Randolph his bass player has some fast slap that sounds tasteful. Maybe something along those lines?
  12. bkbirge

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    Should be easy to figure out, just watch his fingers in the original video. :bag:
  13. WJGreer

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    Not what you asked, but playing Wynona's Big Brown Beaver will turn you into an original band in the eyes of 95% of bar managers.
  14. JimmyM

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    Listen, I like Primus just as much as the next bass player, but playing 20 year old Primus in a cover band trying to get an audience and regular gigs is career suicide.
  15. AaronVonRock

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    I've noticed you have a talent for rattling off good one-liners. Cheers, no jeers.
  16. WJGreer

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    That's precisely what I was trying to cleverly say. You said it much more clearly.
  17. JimmyM

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    I got it, Will. Just wanted to make sure the OP did, too ;)
  18. AaronVonRock

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    You look like an amputee in your avatar. Just sayin'.
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    So you want to get a crisp slap on Wynona's Beaver? :eyebrow:

    :bag:
  20. Solitarely

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    You guys are silly. We play out three to five gigs a month. We're four years old and have a pretty secure circuit in our state. We've played hundreds of songs. Steve Winwood, Billy Jean, then for our own fun we'll play Tool or Possum Kingdom.

    We're a foursome with a Berkley trained sax player who's got so many effects he can cover lead guitar, fuzzes, overdrives, he can even do a fret board slide with his whammy pedal, or he can make it sound like a harmonica and play blues traveler, and he can use a harmonizer and make like a horn section doing hard stops for say a James brown tune.

    I just would love to play Primus's biggest hit in a good band in front of people. Be curious to see what the sax would do? And I'm not certain people would dig it in which case I wouldn't push it past two shows. But they've been making me learn john Meyer and Johnny lang.

    But career suicide. Really? Gigging part time for years has given me whatever equipment I could want, and we've tracked 8 of our 9 originals with the money too professionally. We're a year away from radio play on local spots and hopefully opening for regional acts.

    All from being a cover band. I could never realize how this works as a teenager refusing to do covers.

    Guess you could say it was poor technique in my youth? You know, to keep this on the forum's topic.

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