Friday, 9 September 2011

Blogger iPhone App

Wow finally an iPhone app for Blogger!
I mean seriously, how long did that take?

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Crazy Bass - Bill "Buddha" Dickens

For the next part in my Crazy Bass series I'd like to introduce you to Bill "Buddha" Dickens.
Bill is well know for speed funk slapping and the use of 7, 9 and 11 string custom basses.  He is also the creator of the "Buddha band" which he puts around the fret board capo style to stop the strings from creating to much noise at the speed he plays.

For my money,  whilst he is impressive his style falls into the OTT category.  I've been watching his videos for years now and whilst I can watch other funk slap masters such as Louis Johnson for hours I find Buddha to be hard to watch after a while.  Still given the remit of this series of mine he is certainly talented, certainly a crazy bass player and the possessor of some crazy basses.

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Crazy Bass - Michael Mannering

To start off my crazy bass / bass player posts I'm picking Michael Manring.
Only recently discovered this guy, enchanting and intriguing bass style, to describe it would be constantly retuning whilst playing.

Just watch and you'll see what I mean.

Michael explaining the Zon Hyper bass.  Fascinating stuff

I little bit of slapping an plucking Manring style

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Four String Warrior

The life of a bass player is often met with resistance, surprise and lack of understanding from our six string brethren.  Bass playing is a very different beast from that of the guitar don't let the similarity of the instrument confuse you. ….oh and no the absence of those extra two strings on a standard bass does not mean it is easier to play!

As a bass enthusiast I spend a fair amount of time YouTubing (from the verb to YouTube)
I'm going to shed some light on the some of the more interesting bass players and basses in upcoming posts.