Unusual Playing Technique (link to movie)

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by Mark Gollihur, Sep 21, 2001.

  1. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    If you'd like to see a guy playing bass with some interesting technique, check out this guy on the Spector site:

    Movie #1

    Quinton Berry is his name. He was also at Summer NAMM (a shame my dad and I missed him)

    Movie #2 (summer NAMM)

    The movies require the Quicktime Plugin, and it's a little long - so those with dial-up connections may opt out; but it's pretty well optimized and it streams, so you can at least watch the first 30 seconds of it without committing to the entire download.

    Worth a look - I've not seen this before.
  2. Oysterman

    Oysterman Guest

    Mar 30, 2000
    The videos are all blurry, so it's kind of hard to see anything in detail. But the sheer concept of what he's doing is... well... unorthodox, at least. :eek:

    But he knows his chops well. :)
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Well it <b>looks</b> kinda cool, but <b>sounds</b> pretty normal to me.

    I don't think it's worth adapting, and I guess it's much a dead end.
    But that's just me.
  4. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    ...he's been playin' in a variety of bar bands around here for awhile.
    The first time I stumbled into a beach bar & saw him(w/ The Mike Latham Band), I just assumed he was bored & jokin' around(they were playing a Sponge tune). They then played "What Would You Say" by DMB...some tricky, syncopated figures & Q kept on a-playing "underhanded". This was 5 years ago?
    Anyway, he did make it into an issue of a Bass Frontiers mag a couple years ago.
    He's a big Larry Graham fan(I think).
  5. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    Mayben he's a lapsed violinist. I can see how the underhanded thing might be useful if he played a bass like Jimmy Haslip (big strings on the bottom), but the Spectors he's playing seem to be strung normally.
  6. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    How very, very odd.
  7. SKB

    SKB Guest

    I agree with JMX, sure it looks weird when you see him playing, but it sounds the same as playing it normally.:oops:

    Don't get me wrong, I think he is a really great bass player, but his technique isnt that impressive.:)
  8. What's he doing, playing with the hand over the top of the neck?

    I remember seeing a guy called Healy who plays a Strat on his lap, a bit like a pedal steel with no steel. He's blind as well.
  9. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    Interesting - playing from underneath like a violinist... he has every right to do it like that, but the question is why? What advantage does it have? It must cause wrist problems... why not learn to play the "usual" way?

    But in the end, how he wants to play the bass is up to him...
  10. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    He also plays "the traditional way".
    I think he plays "underhanded" 'cause he was very young when he started & that was the easiest way to hold up such an instrument(no strap?).

    Anyway, I'll try to dig up that issue of Bass Frontiers...
  11. I thought it was pretty cool. I'm sure he has considered the possible wrist/hand problems involved in what he's doing. To me, it wasn't so much the technique I was impressed with, but the muscality of what he was playing WITH that technique; a lot of times, when you see someone demonstrating their "monster chops", they might as well be playing the electric typewriter. But this guy was playing some really nice stuff. I say, good for him!
  12. SKB

    SKB Guest

    Does anybody know what the name of that jaco song that he plays? I saw Jaco play it on his instructional video, but I dont know what song it is.

  13. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Wasn't he in some Patrick Swayze movie? Road Dog? Something like that...

    Like Dave Siff, I say good for him! I just think it's pretty interesting, and I wonder how his left hand could handle all that strain! But it's cool to see him be able to play so well both "traditionally" and his way. Innovation and unconventionality, even if impractical to others, is still a good thing.
  14. bailstric

    bailstric Guest

    Aug 12, 2001
    Ontario Canada
    this is what he said on an interview on his page....dont see how thats comfortable, hey he makes it work.

    if you wanna check out his page the address is:
  15. SKB

    SKB Guest

  16. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    it doesnt matter how he plays!hes awesome!im gonna go try to play like that....:p
  17. punkfunkfreak

    punkfunkfreak Guest

    Dec 16, 2001
  18. I just read another thread about this guy w/ a link to spector.com He is no slouch! :)
  19. frankencow150

    frankencow150 Guest

    Oct 17, 2001
    Angus its called "Road House".
  20. I just saw a live concert whith Chuck Berry where he played his guitar like that during one of his innovative(;)) solos!