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Stu Hamm "Country Music"

Discussion in 'General Instruction [BG]' started by Wxp4759cb, Sep 27, 2001.


  1. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Does any one know how to make your bass sound like a banjo like stu hamm does in that one part of Country music?
    I know how to play it, but it sounds like a bass playing it when i do it but when he does it it sounds awesome, like a banjo or some thing. Any one know some eq or something that will fix it?
     
  2. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    Are you playing it in the correct register? And what part are you referring to? The opening root-V vamp is hammered with the left hand up at the 3rd position, and the off-beat "chops" are hammered by the right hand down past the 12th fret on the D and G strings. After that, the banjo roll lick is simply a slapped hammer-on from F# to G on the D string, 4 to 5th fret, followed immediately by a plucked open G. Everything else is all over the board, so you're on your own there....
     
  3. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I think you might be talking about the main melody.

    1. slap the F# on the D string
    2. hammer up to the G on the D string
    3. then pop the open G

    That's the technique he uses to do the main melody of the song. After that, you just have to be really good.
     
  4. Mike

    Mike

    Sep 7, 2000
    Cali
    Practice, my son. Use the force, Skywalker...

    But they are right. The open G gives it that droning, doubling feel and sound that a banjo produces.
     
  5. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    Hamm has such a cool tone on that one. Does anyone know what bass he was playing back then?
     
  6. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    A pre-Fender Kubicki X Factor, I believe. Never my cup of tea.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike

    Sep 7, 2000
    Cali
    They were pre Fender Kubicki's. I/ve played a few, loved the tone, Met Stu at the Bass Center in LA when it was there some 10 yrs ago or so. He was cool as hell.
     
  8. While on the topic of Stu Hamm...
    When/where did he play Linus & Lucy, and why can I not seem to find any recordings with him playing it?
     
  9. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    It's part of <big><b>Quahogs anyone? (119,120 Whatever it Takes)</big></b>, a live solo.

    It's on his <b><big>The Urge</big></b> album from 1991.

    And contrary to some other opinions in this thread, I think his sound with the Kubicki is great, but I don't like his Fender sound at all.
     
  10. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    no, i know the teqnique to play it, but when i play it it sounds like a bass playing the part not a banjo. I have his notation book so i know im playing the part right.
     
  11. Oysterman

    Oysterman

    Mar 30, 2000
    Sweden
    It SHOULD like a bass is playing the part, for it IS a bass that is playing the part! ;) Doesn't sound anything like a banjo to me on the recording.
     
  12. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    I'm not really sure what guage strings Stu uses or used back then, but I know that lots of slappers use really light strings. That'd account for your tonal differencel, too.
     
  13. Cool, thanks.

    And about Country Music sounding like a banjo...it doesn't sound anything like a banjo to me, either.

    Of course, listening to it right after dueling banjos probably has something to do with that, too. :D
     
  14. Murf

    Murf

    Mar 28, 2001
    Ireland

    Nearly there, its actually

    1. slap the F# on the D string
    2. hammer up to the G on the D string
    3. Damp the D string and slap the G note (for that percussive 'click')
    4. pop the open G.

    on a side note , some of the tabs in the Stu Hamm Bass book are wrong, however the notation is correct....another reason to learn to read music.

    ..stupid tabs....;)