Mark Hopus live thingy on mtv

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by PollyBass, Aug 1, 2001.

  1. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Hey guys. i was watching mtv and saw blink182's live show. i saw this one song that mark sat down to do, it was an intro,and it looked pretty cool, and wanted to learn to do it. but , they didnt say the name of the song, and i dont have any of there cd's. so i was wondering if anybody knew the name? thanks.
  2. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Thanks dude, if your right.
  3. Lowend4s


    Jan 2, 2001
    it is carousel...i dont know why he needs to sit down to play it.....its easy and it is his own line
  4. hyperlitem

    hyperlitem Guest

    Jul 25, 2001
    Indianapolis, IN
    when is saw blink in concert he sat down and pulled his pants up to play carousel. It was supposed to make him look all innocent i guess. it is a semi hard bass riff, and for him thats real tough. i think just to be funny too. They are real great guys. Probably one of the best concerts ive seen in a while.
  5. toycopbassist


    Aug 12, 2000
    funny when i say blink-182 live i was like this suck because bad religion played before them and they kicked @** so it was hard for blink to top a band with talent compared to them who just try to play and suck.
  6. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    when was that concert on and will they rerun it??? ah **** I cant believe I missed it! blink 182 are one of my faves.
  7. Bass18

    Bass18 Guest

    Jul 21, 2001
    So Mark really has to sit down to play Carousel? Thats funny, When my punk band did a cover for the School I did the whole intro standing up and did it pretty much perfectly (*Feels good about himself*)
  8. He probably doesn't have to, but he just did for that particular show, jeez.
  9. I saw them last year in San Francisco, he sat down for the intro, then stood up. I think he does it so he doesnt have to hunch over. Back in the day when he wrote the song, adn it first came out, he wore his bass a lot higher, so as time went by, his bass got lower and lower, maybe he has short fingers?
  10. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    Ive seen photots of Mark through the years and his bass seems to get lower and lower indeed. I saw a picture of him inside the liner for cheshire cat and his bass was up by his stomach. Maybe this lowering has something to do with the strange James Hetfield jackhammer picking style he has adopted in recent years??

    Thats pretty much impossible to do that on a bass... I dont understand how the hell he does that. Maybe we can ask that hoppusdisciple... ;)
  11. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Yeah, where is that guy? i sure cant play my bass that way. I saw a sadowsky ad were Jason Newsted was playing it like that, i think. Heck, if i could at least play my bands songs like that, itd look awesome, and yes, i picking looks over usefullness.
  12. I actuly used to be able to do the mark hoppus type picking. I figured out that you need a rather thin pick (dunlop .60mm organge) and lots of practice. I saw him doing it on leno, when they did aliens exist, and i thought, wow, i wanna be able to do that. SO.... i started my quest.... Figured out that you really had to have the bass rather low for it to work, i had the bass around my crotch. At first, i was just hitting all the strings at once, when trying to play anything other than the e string, adventuly, i learned how to angle my hand out, so i could hammer out 16th notes, and go up, down, up down, all care free like he does it. but... i stoped playing punk bass, stoped playing with a pick, and stoped wearing the bass low. My styles changed, and that was a skill i lost. no regrets, it got me really good with my right hand for guitar though, i hear a rhythem in my head, and i can do it with my right hand, no problem, same with picking strings.
  13. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    :D :D :D :D

    time to start practicing 5 hours a day again...

    hot damn!!
  14. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    hey muttluk...

    when you pick like that, which way to you hold the pick? Do you hold it between the tips of your thumb and pointer (like Mike Dirnt) or do you bend your pointer into a hook and put your thumb into the center of that hook? This is what guitarists call "making a box." Personally, I find that it is impossible to get down by the bridge with the pick inside a "box" because of the way you have your wrist... it makes it very difficult. When you pick that low, you need to hold it a la Mike Dirnt between your fingertips so your wrist is straight.

    Ok I hope that wasnt too confusing and this should probably be a whole new thread, but which way do you hold the pick to be able to pick that way?

    Id also like to ask if you need high or low action for this?

    It took me 10 hours to learn slap bass... :(
    the first song I learned was "higher ground"
  15. I dont really know how i held the pick, it was the "box thing" cause i've never done that, and it sounds odd, and nothing like ive done before. I know for a fact i didnt do the other one you discribed either... i dont think. Heres how i did it. My tumb was parallel to the strings, tip of my thumb faceing twords the headstock. My index, and middle finger were on the bottom, right in the center of the pick again, and they were basicly pointing at the strings so to say.

    I dont know if the action mattered, i started to do it with medium action, lowered it, cause when i wanted to play stuff fast, i needed lower action, but then i got too much fret buzz, so i raised it, raised it too much, so i put it to medium low. THen i started to only play fingerstlye.

    if any of this doesnt make sense, then id otn know how to discribe it.
  16. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    ok so you hold the pick with 3 fingers... but Ive seen pictures of Mark playing and holding the pick with 2 fingers...

    I am very confused. I will ask him the next time I can get backstage passes (unless he tells me to **** off like he usually does.) :D
  17. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    allright I just examined a pic of mark playing and have determined how he holds his pick (I bet no one cares except for me, but here goes anyway:)

    He curls his pointer finger into a hook and puts the pick between his pointer and thumb. The thumb goes parallel to the strings and points to the headstock (as Muttluk said) He then curls the rest of his fingers into a sort of "half fist" where they are bent in, but not all the way into a closed fist, just sort of half-way.

    now here is a picture:
    if you put a pick in your hand and hold it like I described and at the same angle as is in this picture, it should match the way Mark is holding the pick.
  18. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    You know what's REALLY WIERD about Mark's picking style is that he always has his pinky sticking out, but still curled up, like he's keeping it ready so he can to the "Dr. Evil Thing" on a moments notice.

    Someone should tell him that straining his pinky like that is going to be bad for him in the long run, as I've heard from ergonomics specialists.