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Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Yvon, Jan 1, 2001.

  1. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I will record the Errol Garner song Misty for my wife. She like it....
    I will do it in my home studio (if we can call that a studio). I plan to play the melody and a bass line. Over sequenced drum. I will ask a friend to come here and record some piano over it. I may take the first solo and he could play the second one.

    My problem is:
    I need to play i high F in the melody, I have only four string basses. My precision stop at Eb my jazz fretless stop at Eb and my sadowsky stop at E. So i will play the melody on the Sadowsky, but I need to bend the E so i have the F.
    It sound like ****. I can't make it sound good.
    Any idea?
    Nobody have a 7 string to sell for 500$?
    my friend???


  2. Why don't you either change the key or tune your bass a half step higher?
  3. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    Why I did not think about that myself?!?!?!:confused:
  4. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    The simplest solution almost never is the most obvious! :)
  5. False harmonic, it sounds great.

    Bonne et heureuse année.
  6. Misty can be played on a four string bass, chords, and melody in the key of Eb. Look up Mike Dimin on this forum. It does work better on a 7 string.
  7. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    OR ---

    Restring your 4 ADGC, just for the recording session!

    All you'll need is a high C string. If you can't find one, you might also be able to fing a 5-string set EADGC, just leave off the E. If you can't find an EADGC set (they are rare), you should be able to find a 6-string BEADGC set for sure.

  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson SUSPENDED Supporting Member

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    Sure, you can have the Surine for $499, yvon. I'll pick up the shipping costs. Anything for a friend. As soon as the check clears it'll be in the ma...\#$%^@

    Ooops, my medication just kicked in. Nevermind:D

    The advice to either transpose, retune or play a false harmonic is very sound. A fourth option is, send me the tracks and I'll overdub the F;)
  9. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    I would go with the false harmonic advice - check out Christian McBride playing the head to "Walking on the Moon" using artificial harmonics on his 4 string electric on the album "SciFi".

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