Damian Erskine's Silky Smooth Fingerstyle...

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by Mr_O'B, Mar 22, 2016.

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  1. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    There are too many bassists (Hadrien Feraud, Anthony Crawford, Bill Dickens, Katsuji Morioka.....) to mention who have killer fingerstyle playing.

    However, I don't think anyone plays fingerstyle as smoothly and effortlessly as Mr. Erskine.

    Are there bassists who you marvel at their fingerstyle playing?

     
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  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Tons, and Damian's one of them.
     
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  3. Erskine is quite talented. Check his CD's ('Within Sight' & 'To Speak')!

    The song from the DVD 'Bass Sessionz Vol. 1' is also great:

     
  4. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Yes, he is a bad man for sure! Effortless!
     
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  5. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    Oteil Burbridge, Jaco, Gary Willis, Rocco Prestia.

    C/S,
    Rev J
     
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  6. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    MEXICANADAMERICA
    ramps. i like players that can do that kind of playing without them. people attacked me in the past when i called them "training wheels", but i digress. if you guys like them it's fine. none of my favorite players use them. overall, Damian is a monster player!
     
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  7. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    From what I understand, it does make it easier.
    You have the right to express yourself, so feel free to use the term "training wheels".

    I don't remember the reason, but I do know that Janek Gwizdala removed his ramp after playing with it for years.
     
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  8. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    MEXICANADAMERICA
    lol,.. i was teasing some of the guys a while back and touched a nerve, but i should probably try one before i criticize anyone. it seems like some of the most accomplished players enjoy ramps, though. :)
     
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    I've tried them...you're doing the right thing :D

    But seriously, when some of the most technically great players of our day use them, you can hardly call them "training wheels." That said, I have zero use for them.
     
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  10. Rev J

    Rev J

    Jun 14, 2012
    Berkeley, Ca.
    They also get in the way if you're popping.

    C/S,
    Rev J
     
  11. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    That's not a ramp on Erskine's bass. Pete Skjold has a double humbucker option that combines into one rather large cover, which Erskine uses on his basses. I think it probably provides a lot of the same benefit that a ramp would, which may be why Erskine likes it.

    I'm actually not as much of a fan of the look of all the plastic you get with that big cover, which is why I asked Pete to use separate covers on mine, though they are more or less as closely spaced as the ones on his single cover option - you can see in my avatar.
     
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  12. Mr_O'B

    Mr_O'B

    Feb 22, 2015
    Ramp or no ramp, his fluidity (effortless) is unmatched in my opinion! ;)