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For the first ever I played a tune...

Discussion in 'Bass Humor & Gig Stories [BG]' started by bassjack51, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. bassjack51

    bassjack51 Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    using a capo on my bass!

    Playing with a big band that has the Peter Gunn theme in its book...in F. Killing my left hand to play it until I have the bright idea of using the capo, and it was so much easier. First time for everything I guess. What are your firsts?

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  2. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    My first was with Joanne Darcy in the backseat of my 1959 Desoto circa 1964. ;)
  3. Woolber

    Woolber Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2013
    Pics or it didn’t happen
  4. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    I don't understand how a capo helped. What key were you playing it in?
  5. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i've never used one, but i wouldn't hesitate if i thought it could help me. like the instrument itself: it's a tool. ;)

    putting that tune in F was for the benefit of the trumpets and saxes.
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  6. bassjack51

    bassjack51 Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2012
    Playing the figure in F you have to stretch from F to Ab on the E string as well as the Bb on the A string. Not impossible but very “cramp inducing” to play it over and over for 4 or so minutes. With the capo I was able to finger it in the key of E...much easier on my left hand. A perfect musical example of work smarter, not harder!
  7. Hurricane Jimmie

    Hurricane Jimmie Supporting Member

    Horn Bands.....get use to playing in Bb and F!
  8. Did @dbase use a capo with Joanne Darcy?! NOW that would be a first!
  9. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    Dang, beat me to it!
  10. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    That was many moons ago .. but from what I remember, I provided the Capo and Joanne clamped it on my fingerboard. ;)
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  11. john m

    john m Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2006
    I’ve played that arrangement—— it’s a tough stretch. A capo is a great idea, but I use an EUB
    for big band gigs.
  12. Had to play What is hip with a big band, also in F (original E). Arranger had obviously no knowledge of bass whatsoever. Tuned up my E-string to F to make it work.
  13. BD Jones

    BD Jones

    Jul 22, 2016
    This is the way I've been doing PG for 30+ years. The F to Ab is killer when going up to tempo. When I played it on an upright (many moons ago) I just tuned the E string up a 1/2 step. I actually like playing in the key of F, but PG is a tough one. This may have been my first one to use a capo as well.
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  14. Michedelic

    Michedelic MId-Century Modern

    Not THAT Joanne Darcy...really?
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  15. Hey wait a minute! Joanne Darcy is my mother! Dad? :nailbiting:
  16. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    I cannot be your dad, Joanne used a Capo.
  17. gln1955

    gln1955 Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2014
    Ohio, USA
    As I hear it, Joanne tried every bass she could get her hands on. Short scale, long scale, upright....
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  18. dbase

    dbase Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2008
    South Jersey, USA..
    She mainly preferred a Double Bass.
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  19. obimark


    Sep 1, 2011
    No offense but you may need to go shortscale if that is a problem playing a line like that for 4 minutes.

    (or work on your technique, for instance where are you fretting the notes at? is your grip too tight)
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  20. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I hear she wasn't a fan of short scales.
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