What bassline do you guys play for soundcheck?

Discussion in 'Band Management [BG]' started by Lewis7789, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Lewis7789


    Sep 17, 2004
    Akron, Ohio USA
    Sales; ClearSonic Mfg.
    I was just wondering.

    Most soundmen have told me they want my peak levels, so I'll play some slap. Usually Stanley Clarke's "Silly Putty" then I'll play Jaco's "Continuum" so they see and hear that I play harmonics as well. So it's not all sub bass for the show.

    How about you guys?
  2. Justice


    May 24, 2002
    Houston TX.
    usually something from the White Stripes...
  3. Lewis7789


    Sep 17, 2004
    Akron, Ohio USA
    Sales; ClearSonic Mfg.
    I thought they didn't have a bassist?
  4. DaftCat


    Jul 26, 2004
    Medicine Hat
    I just do a walking line.. nothing in particular.. I just go for a walk. ;)

    When we do soundcheck with just me & the drummer we might do some Herbie Hancock or Led Zep or James Brown.

  5. McHaven


    Mar 1, 2005
    Tom Sawyer or the Greek Modes in C
  6. ras1983


    Dec 28, 2004
    Sydney, Australia
    Money by pink floyd.
    Or a basic version of school days.
  7. bonscottvocals


    Feb 10, 2005
    Upstate NY
    I got it. :)

    I play something from Tommy Shannon, like Pride and Joy, Couldnt' Stand the Weather, or Cold Shot.
  8. Tash


    Feb 13, 2005
    Bel Air Maryland
    Whatever comes to mind that involves the low, middle and high notes on my bass.
  9. Lady Madonna.

    It's covers a fairly broad tonal range and is good to get a max-level.

    ...and I like to play it.
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I just bang all 4 strings at once until someone tells me to knock it off.
  11. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    I do that too, and I play a seven string. I usually do it with distortion.
  12. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I stick a bongo drum to my bass at the bridge pickup and scream into it with distortion on (this actually produces a noise... it's wretched).
  13. usually spirit of radio or yyz - both good to warm up with also. :)
  14. nick g.

    nick g. Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2003
    Chandler, Arizona
    I like make obnoxious noises with an open E.

    That or Natural Science - my g*****ist usually joins me.
  15. cowsgomoo

    cowsgomoo gone to Longstanton Spice Museum

    Feb 8, 2003
    I usually play a bunch of low stuff on the E and A strings, give em a bit of staccato with space between the notes too.. dunno why but I think the sound guy can hear the quality of the tone better if there's silence in between rather than a continuous stream of fast notes

    but we own our own 5k rig, so for most of the venues we play, it's our own stuff, so we're very well organised and there's not much to work on... my soundcheck maybe lasts 10 seconds... it's a DI out of my rack, and there's no eq or compression on the desk to mess with... just get a level and away we go
  16. Ray-man

    Ray-man Guest

    Sep 10, 2005
    One verse and one chorus of Ramble On by Led Zeppelin. Gets the highs and the lows. And it's a lot of fun to play (especially since the band doesn't do that song).
  17. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    :confused: You mean I'm meant to play a song at the soundcheck?

    I normally start a relatively slow progression of crotchets on a single note (A = 55Hz works well for me) so that the person on the desk can get a good baseline setting. I'll then give them a few snippets of the various lines I'm expecting to play that evening, trying to cover the various techniques and FX I'll be using.

    By the time I've done that, it's normally someone else's turn and then time for the whole band (where, again, we'll normally pick something from that evening's set).

  18. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    NIB- Sabbath
    King Nothing
    Re-Arranged -Limp
    How Many More Times

    I usually try to get that one old drunk in the back, who's been sitting there all day, to go yeeeaaahhh. Or, yell something similar. Devil Horns are also an acceptable response. :)
  19. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings

    I've never actually given any thought to what I should play, I just play something. In most cases not even a song.
  20. baba

    baba Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2002
    3rd stone from the sun
    This is what I do. I just make sure I'm digging in so peaks can be set.