Solo Bass Project

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by MaxBasss, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. MaxBasss


    Jul 22, 2013
    Hey Guys :)

    I wanna show you my first solo project.
    All of the tracks are played on my 5string only.
    For me, its about getting my own thing started and putting it all out there.
    Id love to hear EACH and EVERY comment(about style, technique, quality of the recordings, the page itself, etc. ...)

    THANX :D

  2. pizzazombie


    Dec 19, 2012
    Sounds really good. Can't say anything about technique and that stuff because I'm too stupid for solo bass. :bassist:
  3. NightCat


    Apr 4, 2013
    Well I think it'd damn cool.
  4. Sir Sly Ry

    Sir Sly Ry

    May 21, 2013
    Well you put my solo bass stuff to shame. As one solo bassist to another I wouldn't mind hearing your comments on my stuff. (It's all one take, crappy recording, mistakes and all.)

    Your playing is tight. Solid. That's a pretty tone you have. Sounds like you use overdubs (is that what they call them these days?) Err...more than one track? Ever write originals? These are really nice covers you have, making them your own. Listening to you, man, I really need to tighten up. I have so much to learn.

    The recording quality is very good as far as I can tell. Yeah man, keep it up. I dig solo bass.
  5. Mike Dimin

    Mike Dimin Inactive

    Dec 11, 1999
    I have listened to your work. First off I really want to commend you on the realization that solo bass, like any other solo performance is about harmony, rhythm AND melody. Too many "solo bass" is just an exercise in some masturbatory show of technique that leaves one bored 10 seconds in.

    I hope you really want constructive criticism .. here it goes

    James Bond. Love the opening groove and the slap solo at the end .. I think the salp solo at the beginning doesn't allow the song to build, so when you actually come in with the melody, it is a bit anti climactic. Besides that ... really nice work

    Yesterday - this is a song that i also do, so perhaps I have some preconcieved notions. However I think that your chording is too staccato for the feel of the song. Also I would be careful of using any one technique too much. The hammering and sliding became a bit too distracting after a bit. I have a recorded version on my reverbnation page. I use both chord melody and then looping. take a minute to check it out

    Really dig Every breath You Take. The way you laid the chords down, you might have wanted to be a little more delicate with the melody. I do like your solo ideas +1. FYI, here is an arrangement of Fields of Gold that I did for Brittany Frompovich:

    Fritter Boy, I am sorry to say falls into the "masturbatory show of technique". Technique is only useful if it is used to create music -on it's own it has little value (IMO - of course)

    Hope I wasn't harsh, I was just trying to be honest. I thought that's what you were asking for

    Mike Dimin
  6. Right, this is coming from a newbie to this deal, who is also doing a solo bass project.

    I found the first track to be overly complex- my ideal is to put in a track enough complexity to amaze anyone but to still give enough room for a person to "feel" the song- and this one kind of made my head hurt for a bit.

    Yesterday- no comments to be made except for the excess of attack in the lead part.

    Every breath you take- I really liked it a lot, this was a track that I would actually consider listening to often.

    Fritter boy- a good show of technique that can get someone started with ideas to play. But I would quite easily forget the song short after.

    In my opinion you should decrease the attack on the lead parts, still keep a good amount of complexity with less finger tapping and slapping and work more on the melodic part.
  7. pbass888

    pbass888 Up the Irons! Westham United FC--mile high irons Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Max bass.. You should be really proud.. And your mom should be too.. This is the way to play solo bass.., outstanding
  8. MaxBasss


    Jul 22, 2013
    Sorry i didnt have time to write an answer yet.

    First of all, thanks for the compliments, but also thanks for the critical parts! I like to hear what people DONT like about my playing (if its constructive critics) cause thats what keeps me going and gives me another point of view.

    The piece that led mi into this solo bass direction was fritter boy. perhaps im technically not good enough to play it musically, if you know what i mean? but it was a song that forced me to work on my technique and it really helped to play lots of the other stuff more easy.

    The main piece for me was Every Breath You Take. Me and some guys had a gig in Italy, when it suddenly started raining. We had to get off of stage, but the the trumpet player and i still wanted to play. so we took our instruments (and my amp) and went to the next dry place, under a roof, where a small group of people were stayin, hopin for the weather to change and for us to start playin again. the sky didnt clear, but we, me playin the cords and him playin the melody on trumpet, still managed to let them hear a beautiful sting cover - i loved it.
    and with my version, i tried to capture the spirit of this situation

    the other songs, i developed and recorded in about 2 or 3 days.
    but i think i can make them better, the more i listen to it, the more i think of missing dynamics in some parts....

    anyway guys thank you for listening, i really appreciate it.
    and sorry for my bad english ;)