LA Philharmonic bassist plays some rock

Discussion in 'Recordings [DB]' started by Leo1040, Jan 3, 2021.

  1. Leo1040


    Jan 3, 2021
    My dad has played bass in the LA Philharmonic for the last 35 years. All concerts have been cancelled since March, so he’s been spending his time deconstructing his favorite rock songs for string bass - combining bass and guitar parts, while attempting to sing. Here is some Jimi Hendrix for you all.

    This has been a fun little quarantine project. Check out his video here (filmed by my brother Ike Rofe):
  2. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
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    This is profoundly cool. I don't always hear a sound in the DB that I think "wow, I love that!" but his tone is amazing.
    Pretty awesome wall of instruments too.
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  3. CaseyVancouver


    Nov 4, 2012
    Very cool Leo. Tell us more about Peter Rofé and his bass playing!

    What bass is he using here? What strings do the guys in the Phil use? I’ve heard Kaplan heavies. Does he use a bent endpin?

    So I played your video while my wife was listening. She is picky about music. She said she likes when a singer has something to express, and that is why Layne Staley is her favourite. So that’s a compliment to Peter’s singing!
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2021
  4. Peter Rofe

    Peter Rofe

    Mar 5, 2021
    Hi Casey, I'm Leo's dad Peter Rofé. I just joined TalkBass so I didn't see this post until now. Thanks for the positive feedback! My bass is a George Panormo made in London in 1820. I do use Kaplan heavy gauge strings, as do some of my colleagues in the LA Phil; it really depends on the instrument. I use an angled carbon fiber Laborie endpin.
  5. flatback


    May 6, 2004
    Hi Peter
    I took lessons with you way back in the early 90’s at CalArts. You were an excellent teacher then and I love your pandemic haze songs. Right on. Great to see you playin.
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  6. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
  7. Caro


    Jan 6, 2020
    Very nice playing.
  8. Dr. Love

    Dr. Love

    Nov 5, 2008
    Lubbock, TX
    I like it