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Billy Sheehan

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Venturella, Feb 6, 2018.

  1. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    One of the good things about theory is that you can find out stuff quicky that you otherwise would take years to discover hit and miss. Also, when you discover something you understand why it works.
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  2. I'm the "hit and miss" type when it comes to this. Any theory background would help immensely. I don't know about years but learning how things tie together takes me a bit of work.
  3. Same here except it was "Elephant Gun" especially the bit starting at 1:34. Just blew my mind.
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  4. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    That song is around 232 BPM and he is playing triplets so 696 hits per min. using 3 fingers. About the fastest i have heard.
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  5. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    His speed has always been remarkable. When I first heard him back in the early 80's with Talas I thought he was a pick player.
    His scalloped fingerboard combined with his use of hammer on and pull offs also contributes to his speed.
    Love his work with Niacin and his solo work is fantastic.
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  6. danesdad


    Feb 24, 2018
    Western PA
    As an aside, Roth totally outkicked the coverage in getting Vai and Sheehan to work with him.
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  7. GED2112


    Mar 6, 2018
    Best band ever
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  8. tfer


    Jan 1, 2014
    A scalloped board doesn’t contribute much to speed. But it makes bending relatively effortless.
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  9. IamGroot


    Jan 18, 2018
    I like his work in Niacin a lot
    The way he anticipates and supports Novellos lines is worth studying. The flashy stuff with Vai gets the fast forward.

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