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Steve - DBFT
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Steve - DBFT

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    Gender:
    Male
    Birthday:
    Jul 31, 1961 (Age: 57)
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    www.doublebassfingertape.com
    Hi, I'm Steve Tucker. As a long-time double bass player, I've been through the frustration and pain barrier of having overworked and overplayed sore fingers. I spent many years playing acoustically in jazz, folk and rock ā€˜nā€™ roll bands where the promoter's requirement was strictly no amplification. I guess this was to replicate the authentic original sound of the era. I made a wooden hollow soundboard to project the sound with a hole for the endpin ā€“ it worked very well but I struggled on with calluses, blisters, cracks and cuts on my fingers.

    I was working on trying to get a big, ballsy tone and sound that would travel. I learnt very quickly the need to dig in, to learn how to develop my slap playing and really pull the sound out of my bass. The hallmark sound I was looking for on the bass was to push for its percussive quality, I wanted a real ballsy tone and volume. The secret of effective DB playing is of course all in the fingers.

    I started to learn very quickly about blood blisters and building callouses. I would pop them with a needle, drain them and soak them in surgical spirit, alcohol, vinegar - anything I could get my hands on. I even used super glue to get me through a gig. I was quick to realise these solutions were temporary, could cause infections and the liquids could get into my blood stream. I tried using lighter gauge strings, nylon and gut strings and even lowering the action. None of these options gave the sound I was looking for.

    As our gigs got bigger we had to to use amplification but I still wanted that natural sound and tone of the double bass. Turning up the amp to compensate for my bruised and damaged finger tips was an option but I lost the tone and I started to sound like an electric bass player. I then started to experiment with taping my fingers. I tried so many manufacturers, visited so many chemists even discussed my requirement with pharmacists and doctors but they didn't really understand my product problem. They would say stop playing and leave the blisters to heal for a while - no practice - no gigs, but I didn't have that time as I was playing 4/5 times a week with recording sessions in between. I simply didn't have enough recovery time. They explained to me that my finger tips along with my tongue were the most sensitive part of my body and needed protection if I was to continue my dynamic style of playing. They saw no need for me to endure so much pain while I was playing.

    As musicians we need to take care of our hands. After trying many, many tape products I finally came across a manufacturer of a fantastic product and now here it is, available to you today! It is called double bass finger tape

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