UK TBers, Total Guitar Bass Special

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by rougeporn, Apr 29, 2004.

  1. Hey has anyone else invested in this mag yet? Ive been trying to learn coyote for the last 2 weeks. Its nice to have a british bass mag though its only quaterly. And actually has anyone got the 1st issue, I never saw it in the shops.
  2. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    Personally I thought that magazine sucked a bit...

    It seemed to be written by guitarists who just used lame little turns of phrase about bass stuff which bassists (I don't think) would use. And every player interview in there said pretty much the same thing 'I hate slap bass, it's great to suck at bass, I play 'tastefully' :rolleyes:, I'm so pretty'

    The only player who actually admitted to being able to play well was the guy from lostprophets, but he then said 'I wouldn't say my playing on this album is all that great but I could have made it much better but I didn't want to' and stuff like that... :rolleyes:
  3. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    Also, I couldn't help noticing you're from Hertfordshire! Whereabouts? PM me if you don't want everyone to know ;)
  4. I've got the first one here, and if the first one's anything to go by it's not worth buying the second. The journalistic quality was pretty appalling, and to be fair, I don't really care about Inme's bassist or anything. It had some useful stuff, but it's not about bass, written by bassists for bassists, it's about getting into bass, written by guitarists for people thinking of buying a bass, it seemed...

    The Jaco Pastorius interview certainly lowered my opinion of him.
  5. Im currently in Hatfield (or as we call it shatfield). Dont be thinking Im one of the hatfield wannabe rudes. Im only studying here, originally from suffolk, not that thats any better. Were you from TC??
  6. Tom Crofts

    Tom Crofts

    Mar 15, 2001
    I'm from Hertford itself... Well a little village near it anyway :( It's a real cultural mecca :rolleyes: We just call it Hertford though.

    I'm originally from here, but will be in Guildford from September (like Hertford but bigger :bawl: )

    Do you play any gigs locally?
  7. Um no proper gigs of yet. Did however do a battle of the bands at uni and got interest of some A & R guy so hopefully will be gigging locally and in london maybe a few months. Hey aint hertfordshire funny?? lotsa little funny towns (stevenage, welyn garden city, st albans)
  8. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    So Im not the only one who thought that, in that interiew, he sounded . . . . .up himself? :bag:
  9. Hey Mr. Jack, he did sound fully up himself in that interview. I know that editors can colour interviews to make people seem one way or another, but still... he did just sound completely up himself. Phrases like "One of my hours is worth 10 of other peoples" and stuff like that just kinda annoyed me.

    Not that I'd usually say that in public... ;)
  10. Gia


    Feb 28, 2001
    our boyfriend bought it, but we haven't got around to reading it yet.
  11. Jack


    Sep 6, 2003
    Newcastle, UK
    Disclaimer: Im not copying straight from the mag, I dont have it here.

    Mag: How often do you listen to your first record, its a great recording.

    Jaco: Oh, I know its great, its was just as great last time I listened to it. If there were any new notes on there, then Id be interested. :meh:

    Before replying in complete disbelief at what I have just said, please re-read disclaimer. :)
  12. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jaco was not noted for his humility.

    If you have not read it,
    here is a link to the Amazon UK
    site with the Jaco bio by Bill Milkowski.

    No one claims that Milkowski paints a very pretty picture
    of Jaco and his life. The excerpt you cite above is very
    much in keeping with Jaco's attitude. He was great, he
    knew it, he couldn't stand listening to players not on his
    level, he could be abrasive and abusive. He was an acknowledged genius in his field.

    He spiralled into hell, to the point his co-players wanted
    nothing to do with him, and he sunk into drugs, drink and
    depression that was to lead to his ultimate demise in Florida
    at the hands of a bar bouncer.

    It is a very interesting, but pathetic story of a brilliant
    artist on the threshhold of madness, and how he crossed
    over into it.
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Thor is right - but I think it's pretty definite that Jaco was manic depressive - so on the official website, his daughter writes a very moving article about this.

    So, she has been diagnosed with this condition and is able to control it with treatment - she points out how doctors have said it is a hereditory condition, so she must have got it from her father - the sad part is that he was never satisfactorly diagnosed or treated!! Or he might still be alive today. :( :(
  14. This mag is different to the Bass Guitar Magazine isn't it??

    Because I find the Bass Guitar Magazine very good.

    And one the Jaco topic, everyone interview a see/read with him makes me cringe, I detest over cockyness. You could aruge he had a right to be cocky but so does Wooten and he's as down to Earth as a cow pat......
  15. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Yeah - but he's lucky enough not to be manic depressive....:meh:
  16. I'm back now that I FOUND my G%&#$ password...

    Anyway, I have that TGBS 2nd issue... bass-ically I bought it because of the feature of 50 best punk/new wave basslines.

    IMHO they were accurate in naming The Jam's "Down In The Tube Station At Midnight" no. 1 bassline of that time in the new wave genre... a line which I do want to learn. It's kinda like a guitarry bassline, but it's wild...

    Hooky and JJ Burnell were of course included... but Graham Maby wasn't... !! Joe Jackson started in 1978...

    They did include "Baggy Trousers" of Madness. I didn't realize how good Bedders really was in terms of pop bass until recently (hey I lived in America most of my life). The whole "Absolutely" album is great. Bedders is one cool bass dude.

    They failed to have complete transcripts of other songs in the list, but they did have the beginning of "Watching The Detectives" which I wanted to learn too.

    I agree it's not a pure bass mag. I do however, pay attention to features in a case by case bass-is. In this case they had an article of interest to me.

    PS: I got the American Fender J! and a GK combo... :hyper: