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How does brian bromberg get that tone?

Discussion in 'Music [DB]' started by Libersolis, May 4, 2005.


  1. Libersolis

    Libersolis

    Sep 9, 2004
    Austin, TX
    Man that is a sick tone. So thick and meaty lol. I want that tone. Any idea how to get it?
     
  2. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Practice getting a sound.

    That might sound flippant, but it's the same for any instrument. With the bow you do long tones, so do the same with pizz.
     
  3. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    Oh -- and intonation has a lot to do with sound. An in-tune note is much larger sounding than an out of tune note. Slightly sharp will sound brighter and thinner, where a slightly flat note will sound thicker and perhaps a little duller.
     
  4. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    ..and another ting.

    Follow through with your attack, whether pizz or arco. When you play a note, you have to play it through the whole instrument. Not just on the string. This is more a feel/intent thing, but if it's in your mind you ears and hands will give it to you.
     
  5. joe_sorren

    joe_sorren

    Apr 7, 2005
    arizona
    Follow through with your attack, whether pizz or arco. When you play a note, you have to play it through the whole instrument. Not just on the string. This is more a feel/intent thing, but if it's in your mind you ears and hands will give it to you.
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    Ray,

    That is great advice. It's one of those," a moment to understand, a lifetime to UNDERSTAND" ideas.

    Thank you for this gem. it's a great place for my brain to be while I play.
     
  6. anonymous0726

    anonymous0726 Guest

    Nov 4, 2001
    I could just be BS, too, but it's the kinda thing that goes through my mind all the time, especially when the sound coming out of my corner isn't getting it for me.

    :)
     
  7. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Keep in mind that Brian's recorded sound is close mic'd through a Neve console with some compression and a heftly dollup of expensive reverb - you won't get that recorded sound acoustically unless you're playing in a catherdral and your ears are right in front of the bass.
     
  8. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The story goes.... Jaco is in a New York hotel room, with a
    number of famous New York bassists talking about tone. One
    of the bassists says "I could get your tone if I had your bass"
    Jaco takes his bass out, passes it around. Nobody sounds
    exactly like Jaco until Jaco plays.... What I mean to say is..
    Brian's sound is coming from his head and hands. He sounds
    suprisingly the same, no matter what bass he is playing. He
    has played my basses, and sounds much more like him than
    me.
     
  9. That reminds me of the Chet Atkins story. A guy is watching Chet play, and when he stops, the guy says, "Gee, that's a great sounding guitar Mr Atkins." Chet puts the guitar on its stand and says to the guy, "How's it sound now?"
     
  10. KSB - Ken Smith

    KSB - Ken Smith Banned Commercial User

    Mar 1, 2002
    Perkasie, PA USA
    Owner: Ken Smith Basses, Ltd.
    Besides all the recording stuff, Brian has a Beautiful Solo sized Italian Bass from around the 18th century. I only saw it once in person but I pegged it on the spot. His Bass is even sounding and not huge in volume due to it's size so it is most probably easy to record.
     
  11. pedro

    pedro

    Apr 5, 2000
    Madison, WI.
    [[That reminds me of the Chet Atkins story. A guy is watching Chet play, and when he stops, the guy says, "Gee, that's a great sounding guitar Mr Atkins." Chet puts the guitar on its stand and says to the guy, "How's it sound now?"

    (THUD!! Pedro falls on the floor laughing his head off.) I sure hope that story is true. Excellent.
     
  12. lincland

    lincland

    Nov 8, 2004
    Dallas, TX
    It helps to know a couple of things about his bass and his set-up. First it's VERY nice OLD Italian bass with a very nice tone. He sets it up with Weichs, and what I would consider to be very low action. In addition, his fingerboard has no relief in it. It's more of the approach one would take when setting up an electric bass. Usually for a bass that is set up for bowing, there is more relief carved in the fingerboard. His is flat.

    On Wood, it was all microphone. I can't really comment on the mic, board, effects etc, but I think someone else did.

    On his bass he has several different pickups mounted so that he can use whatever suits best for whatever occasion. But mainly primarily it's the Barbera pickup. Upright bass pickups, acoustic bass pickups, double bass pickups and upright bass transducers by Barbera Transducer Systems
    It's really expensive but sounds like you have your bass about 2 feet from the bass even if you're across the room.

    I also know another bass player who goes for a similar sound and uses the Barbera system, and he has a very similar tone. He uses the D'Addario Pizzicato strings. They are VERY "Buzzy" and have long sustain. Horrible with a bow.

    Hope that helps a little.