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How I Play: My Rickenbacker 4001v63

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by NealBass, Mar 16, 2018.


  1. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    This is my new Youtube channel: NealBass

    Feel free to share, like, subscribe, comment, ignore, or throw Carrots ;).

    I'm looking for any constructive criticism.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Neal.









    More to come soon!
     
  2. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    My lame attempt at Bass Pedals:

     
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  3. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    My only constructive criticism:

    MAN THAT IS EXCELLENT. Nice bass. Nice playing. Great sound!
     
  4. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    Thanks. I think the pedals are lagging a bit on the first couple of verses (7/4 is tricky ;)). Like you, I hope to re-do these even tighter, as I learn how to work all this stuff. It's good fun, eh?
    Thanks again for listening.
     
  5. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    Pleasure's all mine, man. ROCK IT OUT.
     
  6. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    It's One O'clock and time for lunch
    Bum De Dum De Dum....

     
  7. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    How I Play: We Have Heaven /South Side of the Sky - Yes.

    I think Chris used his Tele on this one (even though it sounds like a Rick to me ;)).

    One of the things I like most about playing it is; that it showcases the 2 pickups on their own (then together at the end). We Have Heaven is the neck pickup only. South Side starts with the bridge pickup only (on my version). Soloed, they're almost a little too extreme (the neck pickup almost sounds too pretty, while the bridge pickup almost sounds too nasty, together they're almost too LOUD!), but that's what I like about this instrument. The duality of sounds can also create many unique sounds when blended differently.

    I was playing along with the Isolated Bass and Drums track to polish it up a bit (Bruford is not human - No way!) and was thinking of recording it with Chris on the left channel and my bass on the right channel. I'm not sure if it would be helpful, or not - to aid in learning it. Hmmm. Maybe it's just a vanity exercise and not worth doing. I'm more interested in helping people learn songs and learning them myself.

    Anyway, it's one of my (many) favorites. Hope you enjoy. Feel free to comment as I'm always open for improvement.

    [EDIT]- Re-Remixed version:

     
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2018
  8. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    Sometimes I like to practice to an isolated bass track. I have no idea if anyone might find it useful/interesting/pathetic/etc. For optimum separation headphones are highly recommended.
    Geek notes at the end of the vid.

    Isolated Chris Squire / Bill Bruford
    (Left channel)
    Isolated NealBass
    (Right channel)



    Hope you enjoy.
    Cheers,
    Neal.
     
  9. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    How I Play: A Horse With No Name - America
    This one has flatwound strings.

     
  10. Richland123

    Richland123

    Apr 17, 2009
    Great job! That song has a song very cool bass lines. :thumbsup:
     
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  11. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    How I Play: I Need You - America - Bass Cover


    How I Play: Sandman - America - Bass Cover


    How I Play: Ventura Highway - America - Bass Cover
     
  12. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    How I Play: Ventura Highway - America - Isolated Bass Cover
     
  13. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    Some stuff I've learned while switching to flats and learning America songs (TL;DR folks will want to skip this ;)):

    The flats (sometimes with the mute) get me very close to the sound I'm after. The flatwounds (Rotosound 77) are still new - this week - and are still a little bright and clicky, but hopefully they will mellow a bit with time. Overall they're very comfy to play (a lot softer on the fingers than the rounds) and sound close to that warm 60's - 70's tone I like so much. I was surprised to find I still had callouses flaking off my fingers from them. I thought it was only roundwounds that ate flesh :roflmao:. I'm hoping that the mixes and EQs are ok.

    For those not in the know, America is an American rock band formed in England in 1970 by Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek (RIP), and Gerry Beckley. The trio met as sons of US Air Force personnel stationed in London, where they began performing live. Back in the 80s, I wore out my cassette tape of America History: Greatest Hits in my car. It's an amazing album to drive to, btw. As my cassette was Canadian, it had a different running order than the rest of the worlds' copies. I'm following the rest of the worlds' track order for my covers of that fantastic album. America is a fun band to cover. I just started learning their bass parts 1 week ago today and at times, it's been very challenging. My favorites are the ones that the legendary Joe Osborn played on <wiki link to Joe>. Maybe it's because I'm so used to playing with a pick and coming in at odd times...(thank-you Christopher ;)). At times, America has also employed Timothy B. Schmitt (Poco/Eagles), Russ Ballard (Argent), Mike Porcaro (Toto), Nathan East and Lee Sklar.

    On a side note, as there doesn't seem like there's too much action on this thread, I think I'll just let it die and continue filling up my Youtube channel with lots of songs. I really like learning and sharing them. I learn them all by ear and record them all in one take. Videotaping has brought some surprising insights into my techniques (or lack thereof...) and is definitely going to improve my skills. Recording songs also forces me to finish bits that I've been missing for years. So, if you want to keep up with what I'm posting, check in with my Youtube page every so often. I'm doing it for free, with no ulterior motives other than to celebrate my favorite songs on my favorite instrument. Maybe, some day, a kid will find my channel and get inspired to start the greatest Prog band known to mankind! Or not... I know how inspired I got hearing Roundabout in 1972 as a 10 year old kid. It changed my life. So if it gets quiet on this thread, I haven't gone away, just next door. Thanks for reading this and listening to my attempts.

    Cheers TB.
    Neal.
     
  14. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    For what it's worth, it does have 455 views. A bunch of them are probably mine. I enjoy your vids, but if need be, I'll just follow on youTube.
     
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  15. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    I find the only way to get a lot of video views is to inspire haters. Sad but true.

    Just so you know, I'm watching/listening!
     
  16. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    'For What It's Worth' is cued up as one of my next songs to do, Lol! Stephen Stills ROCKS on bass (more with CSN&Y, than Buffalo Springfield). I guess it's not so much the views I'm after, as it is the conversation. I kind of feel like I'm talking to myself at times. I'm not looking for praise, but some input would be cool.
    Examples:
    - I notice that I need to play more on the tips of my fingers, rather than the sides.
    - Listening to the 2 Isolated tracks, it's hard to believe they're the same bass!
    - I need to be more consistent with my finger selection.
    - Those backgrounds make my eyes go funny....lol.
    - Maybe I should try a different amp model?
    - There's too much glare on the fingerboard.
    - Etc.

    Anyway, I just don't want to be that embarrassing guy over in the corner talking to himself and thought maybe I should give it a rest here.

    All stuff to think about.

    Thanks for the replies!
     
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  17. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    Keep going. I will try to be more critical. (constructive that is)
     
  18. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    I'm definitely not quitting (it's way too much fun!). I just wondered, as it seems you and I are the only ones doing this here, if it's really appropriate. My goal btw, was to show how I play a particular song and have others learn from how I play it and (hopefully) vice versa, as I've learned a lot from watching other covers. I found that a lot of times, people are moving around a lot when playing and it makes it hard to see what they're doing. When I designed the format, I made a conscious effort to get a clear, centered, stable shot (although angles are tricky). More like a lesson, than a "performance". My teacher used to sit across from me just like that. I also tried zooming in on my hands wit a split screen, but it gets weird when I slide up the neck (which, thanks to Prog, is often ;) )
     
  19. mellowinman

    mellowinman Free Man

    Oct 19, 2011
    Minneapolis
    Appropriate shmopriate. If you get any feedback that helps, then it was. I opened myself up for criticism on an original song and got pages and pages of useless tripe from haters, and then ONE POST made it all worthwhile, with some noteworthy feedback that was very helpful.

    Leave our egos at the door, pick up our instruments and cameras, and other recording devices, and COMMENCE ROCKING!!!!
     
  20. NealBass

    NealBass Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2014
    Ontario
    :roflmao: :bassist: :thumbsup:
     

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