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Watch me playing my 1973 Jazz Bass [Attention: contains no slap bass]

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mik75, Nov 30, 2017.

  1. Mik75


    Sep 21, 2013
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Hi there!
    Today, I‘d like to invite you, to watch me playing my 1973 Jazz Bass.
    The bass is all original (except for the Badass II bridge, and I removed the pickguard for the „Jaco look“), and I played it through my EBS MicroBass II and MultiComp, directly into the console.
    What I‘m doing here, is a great exercise, I like to do regularly. I’ve subscribed to many YouTube channels, providing jam tracks with no bass (just seek for „jam track“ „backing track“ „no bass“). At the end of technical practice sessions, I play to 2 or 3 new backing tracks that I‘ve never heard before. Sometimes, the chords are provided in the video or its discription, sometimes you have to hear and transcribe them yourself. This way, you find yourself in a situation that ist quite common for session musicians. You hear a play back and get chord sheets, and off you go. It really teaches you to listen, to recognise, and to react spontaneously.
    For this video, I’ve only listened very briefly (few seconds) to the tracks, to set the volume levels right for recording!
    It also shows, why engineers and producers love old Fender basses: they just work! ;-)
    Sure, in the mix, you wouldn’t turn the bass up that much, and you would use some compression an de-essing, but the bass sound would be great within seconds! :)
    PLEASE use headphones or HQ speakers, bass isn‘t meant to be played back through phones or tablets!
    Thanks a lot for watching!
    Likes, comments and subscriptions on my YT channel are always appreciated!
    Stay safe & enjoy yourselves!


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Lovely growly tone Mik, Roto's? Didn't miss the slap one bit.:)
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  3. Mik75


    Sep 21, 2013
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Lol, yeah! ;-)
    And you’re totally right, these are well worn Rotosound Swingbass 045-105, THE classic roundwound string!
  4. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Gotta love a bound and blocked Jazz, very nice playing too.
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  5. nolezmaj


    Sep 22, 2011
    Great bass tone, just a bit too growly for my taste. Realy nice playing!
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  6. Mik75


    Sep 21, 2013
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Thanks a lot guys! Glad, you like it! ;-)
    The Rotosound just enhance the „natural growl“ of this even more. I used to play D‘Addario ProSteels on this bass for years. They sound a bit more compressed in the mids. Not sure which I like better...
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  7. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Nice playing as always.

    I must admit when I caught a glimpse of your CV60’sP in the background , I thought “ That’s the bass I’ve been waiting for a new video on .”
    Hope to see your CV60’s P back in action soon.
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  8. Mik75


    Sep 21, 2013
    Frankfurt, Germany
    I hope, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to hear, that one of my next videos will be an in depth review of the CV P. ;-)
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  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Great playing, I wish I had your chops.:thumbsup:
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  10. Mik75


    Sep 21, 2013
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Thx a ton, buddy!
    Well, you know... I don’t know how many thousands and thousands of hours I‘ve spent with my instrument. And not everyone has the luxury to do so. I‘m very blessed and thankful to be able to make a living off my playing.
    All the best, and never forget to have fun!
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  11. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
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  12. Mik75


    Sep 21, 2013
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Stay tuned...
  13. zachbass02

    zachbass02 One Hairy....squatch. Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Sarcastic voice on....*You can't do a bass demo without slapping!!!! Now I will never know how that bass truly sounds!* ....and sarcasm off.

    Great video and awesome playing. That signal chain and bass sounds awesome.
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  14. Michal Herman

    Michal Herman

    May 31, 2013
    Nice playing man!
    Can you post a link to some channels, where you find such backing tracks?
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  15. Mik75


    Sep 21, 2013
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Hahaha! Good one!
    i’ve never got a gig because of the thumb, but because of the pocket! ;-)
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  16. Mik75


    Sep 21, 2013
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Thanks a lot!
    From the top of my hat: Quistjam, Elite Backing Tracks. Just seek for „backing tracks“ and „no bass“, you’ll find plenty of them!
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  17. Steadfast


    Sep 28, 2015
    Search Me
    Cool @Mik75 I do the exact same thing when I practice bass! Love your playing too!
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  18. Mik75


    Sep 21, 2013
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Thanks a lot, buddy!
    Cool, I absolutely recommend this „method“ to everyone, playing and practicing any instrument! As a musician, it’s all about „conversation“. And practice technical stuff isolated, doesn’t lead anywhere.
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  19. Billyzoom

    Billyzoom Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Bay Area
    That's EXACTLY the tone I'd strive for. Beautiful and great playing.
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  20. 60bass

    60bass Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    Charlotte, NC
    What no slap?? Seriously no slap??

    Well all I have to say about that is YAY!! Great demo really enjoyed it.

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