John Entwistle technique "typewriter"

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Jethro, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. Hey all, been a lurker in these forums for a little while and decided to register.

    I had a question about my favorite bassists technique.
    John Entwistle was a god of the bass and though I consider myself to be pretty good; I think I would benefit from learning his typewriter technique.

    Does anybody here know of it? If so could I get some tips, videos, books or anything of the sort on it?

    Looking forward to hearing back from you guys!
  2. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Inactive

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    If you can find his Hotlicks video, he demonstrates this technique there. It's not overly helpful, he shows off really. He solos a bit and then gives a brief breakdown of what he was doing. I felt there was more to be learned from watching his hands than from listening to what he said, but that is the best (and only) video I can think of with him doing it in. It's worth seeing though, for the meagre educational merit it has.
  3. Alright thanks, i'll look for that!

    Is a true shame he died a few years back; getting a chance to see him in action live would have been amazing.
  4. Razor


    Sep 22, 2002
    All hail the king!!!!

    ...and his Buzzard!!

    RIP John :bassist:
  5. johnvice


    Sep 7, 2004
  6. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    Yeah, I have that vid floating around somewhere. It's entirely useless as an instructional tape, IMHO - and quite frankly, I don't feel that the video does a very good job of making him look like all that accomplished a bassist, either.
  7. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Not to side-track here, but I have that video and it is rather amusing. I love where he is riffing and the musical notation just flys by at a hundred miles per hour on the bottom of the screen. He also is using, I believe, some sort of Marshall guitar amp for the overdrive tone (my tape stopped working a while back). Yeah, it's not very helpful.
  8. Man I need to find somebody near me who can teach that to me, that would be awsome.
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Folmeister, is that the holy J.R. "Bob" Dobbs from the Church of the Subgenius in your avatar?