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Forgive me, for I have sinned...

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Nov 3, 2001.


  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    ...because I have discovered my Ric responds so well to the feel of a pick!

    Seriously, I've always been a hard-core finger player, so this is kinda like discovering my wife is really my long-lost sister!
     
  2. You so bad!!


    Hey man - if your comfortable with it, and like the sound. There haven't been any laws broken. Joe Osborn played (and still does) with a pick his entire career.

    As far as discovering your wife is a long lost sister?
    Well - lets hope not.
     
  3. Dave Castelo

    Dave Castelo

    Apr 19, 2000
    Mexico
    i have heard the sound of a ric played with pick... it´s pretty cool!

    i would do the same if had one ;)
    just don´t tell everybody
     
  4. sometimes theres just no way to get that sound without a pick so you kinda hafta use one, besides its not like the bass police are going to throw you in the back of a van and beat you up for it
     
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    here's an oldie but a goodie. a couple of years ago, this guy named conrad standish posted to the bottom line (TBL) about going into a music store and playing a rickenbacker bass they had without a pick - the store employees gave hims some measure of hard time about it, for some reason, so he asked the list if anybody else didn't pick their rics, so to speak. i wrote this to make him feel better (think dr. seuss)



    The Ric with no Pick

    On a bright sunny day, a few months before May
    To the guitarshop, good Conrad, there's a bass you must play

    Among the cymbals that ring, and the keyboards that sing
    Behind the various nefarious skinny stringed things

    A burgandy glow leads those in the know
    To a princess of basses, a queen of notes low

    With her curves and her chrome, she begs for a new home
    With promises of music on nights all alone

    "Good sir" Conrad asks, all politeness and care
    "May I play that red bass, the Sweet Ric over there?"

    The sales dude nods as he answers the call
    And gets the red bass gently off of the wall

    With an amp and a chord and the bass in demand
    He then offers a plectrum in his outstretched hand

    With a smile and shrug and a sly wink of his eye
    Conrad declines the kind offer and lets his fingers fly

    The sales dude's mouth moves but he can't say a thing
    As Conrad makes music with just fingers and strings

    He finally can speak and he turns to the door
    He shouts and he pouts - he can't take anymore

    "Hey Jerry Hey Nick I'm gonna be sick
    He's playing that Ric, and he don't got a pick"

    Other sales dudes gather at the un-heard-of noise
    Of the Ric being played with no finger toys

    "It's plinking and plucking, it's growling and clucking
    It sounds like a duck in a truck who is ...trucking"

    As they listened in fear, they started to hear
    the sweet real sound of the bass ringing clear

    Their smiles grew wide, they drooled starry eyed
    As the growl of the Ric could not be denied

    Then entered a cat, with a tall stripey hat
    Who said, loud and rude, "We'll have none of that"

    "This rhyming must stop, someone must call the cops
    I will end this my self with a few careful 'chops'"

    So from then on all the sales dudes told
    of the bass on the wall that will never be sold

    Because this guy came in once and played with no pick
    on this princess of basses, the sweet burgandy Ric
     
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
  7. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Ok
    who ever wrote that has no life whatsoever. just imagne how board one would have to be.....
     
  8. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    :rolleyes:

    that would be "bored", and believe it or not, that would be me.

    for having no life, i sure have fun :D.
     
  9. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    MY GOD THAT WAS QUICK, i just wrote that and five seconds later you post to it. holy crap. you sure are a hawk on this thing arnt ya?;) And forgive me for misspelling that word, i ask forgiveness from the spell check gods! PLEASE!!?!?
     
  10. Whoa, Turner, not only do you have great basses, but also great literary sense. Bravo!
     
  11. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    why thank you. i can also cook a bitchin quiche. :D
     
  12. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Actually as John says - this is what life is all about - having fun without "dumbing down" or checking your brain at the door! :rolleyes:

    I pity the people who seem to think the only fun in life is to be had by "getting out of your head" - in other words - how stupid can I be! They're missing so much of the rich tapestry that is life! :D

    Some people like John are adding to this and others are just peering through the blur..... wazzat?
     
  13. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    thanks bruce. that's quite the compliment :)
     
  14. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I'd rather quiche a bitchin' cook. Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk...why, soitenley!

    John, I just noticed there's TWO threads with this title active at the moment. Can you change this thread's title to something else?
     
  15. Matthew Bryson

    Matthew Bryson Guest

    Jul 30, 2001
    That was great. I was super impressed when I heard JT's MP3 that is linked in his signature (wow!) and now this amazing display of genius...where did that John Turner worship thread go - what a well rounded expressive indavidual - as far as having no life...I have no life and I don't come up with stuff anything like JT does, I think he must have a very full life!
     
  16. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
  17. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    WHOA, to much butt kissing im going to be sick!!!:eek:
     
  18. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I'm already sick.
     
  19. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    Great stuff John -- Do I detect a strong influence from Dr. Suess?