Gut Rumbles

May 15, 2006

more on bass guitar

I mentioned in a post below that I really enjoyed playing bass guitar in a rock & roll band. And "Gimme Three Steps" was one of my favorite songs to play, because it had a really busy bass part that thumped me right in the guts.

My other favorites were "Addicted to Love," "Night Moves" and "Fire," (as in "Let Me Stand Next To Your..." the way the Jimi Hendrix Experience did it.) "Back in the USSR" wasn't bad, either. Hell, I even liked playing "Searchin'"--- and if you're old enough to remember The Coasters, you KNOW what a great song that one is.

My band did a lot of Golden Oldies, such as "Born to be Wild" (another GREAT bass song!) and "Heard It Through the Grapevine," which I was able to sing harmony vocals on while still performing the bass licks.

At the time, I also owned the without-a-doubt UGLIEST bass guitar ever made by sub-human hands. It was some kind of Jap creation that I bought cheap, and it resembled something from a KISS nightmare, all zig-zaggy and weird-lookin.' But I played it through a big Peavey bass amp, and it sounded pretty good. (Heh. The amp cost THREE TIMES what the guitar did. I gave away my bass guitar when I quit the band, but my brother kept that amp for himself. That's a lawyer for ya!)

I'm gonna try again to take a picture of the rig I have now. The Washburn bass is a beauty--- natural wood-grain finish--- and I like the way it plays. (My friend, Willy, gave me a great deal on it, too.) I bought another Peavey amp, almost like the first one I used, except this one has a built-in equalizer that's interesting to mess around with.

When the Atlanta Channel 5 news crew came to the Crackerbox to interview me, the cameraman saw all of the musical instruments in my computer room and asked, "Damn! Do you play ALL of those?"

I told him, "NO! At least not all at the same time." But the truth is... I can play every one of them. Maybe not WELL--- but I can play 'em ALL. And I DO, too.

It's just a good thing that I don't own any guns. I just might have THOSE things stored all over my house the way I do with guitars, mandolins, banjos, fiddles, amplifiers, recording equipment, microphones and even a laptop steel slide-guitar. I could go just as crazy collecting guns as I have with musical instruments.

But I don't own ANY guns. No, sir.

I don't.


go, boy, go!

long as you have fun!

addicted to love pegs you as a cover band musician/play for pay whore circa 1986.

i remember those days. ;)

Posted by: richard on May 15, 2006 04:11 PM

hey blawg-daddy,

go see my incestuous post and the pic of my baby.

you might even tell me what you think of my attempt to be more than the ant on your shoelace.


thanks for blogging. it means a lot to a bunch of us.

Posted by: richard on May 15, 2006 04:58 PM

I thought "Smoke on the Water" was the king of the bass whannabe songs.

Posted by: Horst Graben on May 15, 2006 10:28 PM

I sing and play bass in a working rock band.
It's fucking hard. I can only think of about half a dozen famous sucessful bands where the leadmen were also bass players that were any good, Geedy Lee, Paul McCartney, Gordon Sumner for example, but to add, they are accomplished allrounders.
But I agree... lead vocals or bass. You can't give 100% to both. Especially when you work through some serious progressions. I get by okay, but thats because the rest of my band has muso's that are much better than me, filling the gaps that I struggle to play and sing at the same time. It sounds good, but technically it is wrong and admittedly, that kinda pisses me off. Still, time may tell.


Posted by: KiwiPete on May 16, 2006 01:01 AM
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