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Forum: Bass Guitar 01-23-2015, 06:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 435
Posted By John Swift
What amp have you got?

What amp have you got?
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-09-2015, 12:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 448
Posted By John Swift
I started way back doing what were called Doowops...

I started way back doing what were called Doowops in support of the main vocals so when Beatlemania broke out it was already there.
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-08-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 528
Posted By John Swift
Bass amps are usually higher in wattage as it...

Bass amps are usually higher in wattage as it takes more power to produce low frequencies also bass speakers are built differently.
At home at low levels for a short while but don't push it.
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-08-2015, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 435
Posted By John Swift
Get a 5 string and move up 5 frets, easier on...

Get a 5 string and move up 5 frets, easier on your hands and your speakers.
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-08-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 278
Posted By John Swift
You don't need an expensive bass, I use for...

You don't need an expensive bass, I use for gigging a Squier Affinity 5 string.
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-08-2015, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 448
Posted By John Swift
Sing along with the songs away from the mic,...

Sing along with the songs away from the mic, you'll soon develop it
Forum: Bass Guitar 05-27-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 457
Posted By John Swift
Doubt if a 9v battery could set your bass on...

Doubt if a 9v battery could set your bass on fire.
If you've done the simple things like turn it on and checked you leads/cords and it still doesn't work take it to a qualified engineer, electricity...
Forum: Bass Guitar 04-13-2014, 03:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 817
Posted By John Swift
Well I can only say as I find, also getting Line...

Well I can only say as I find, also getting Line 6 gear repaired in the past could be a lengthy process
Forum: Bass Guitar 04-12-2014, 11:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By John Swift
I'd learned chords playing rhythm in our 'beat...

I'd learned chords playing rhythm in our 'beat group' (that's what they called them back in the day), I picked up our rubbish bassists bass and thought this is easy so I sacked him and bought a bass...
Forum: Bass Guitar 04-12-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 546
Posted By John Swift
I've just had the truss rod on my relatively new...

I've just had the truss rod on my relatively new G&L L2500 replaced by John Shuker (UK).
It was locked solid and as John said it is "shit or bust" and as expected it snapped when he tried to force it...
Forum: Bass Guitar 04-12-2014, 11:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 817
Posted By John Swift
I had two 5 string Variax basses both of them...

I had two 5 string Variax basses both of them were faulty, they played well but they were unreliable so they were returned, if Line 6 brought out a reliable 5 string bass I'd have one tomorrow, our...
Forum: Bass Guitar 04-12-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 473
Posted By John Swift
Active basses do not generally mean active...

Active basses do not generally mean active pickups, the pickups are usually the same as a passive bass it is the circuitry under the cover that is active powered by, in most cases, a 9v battery.
Forum: Bass Guitar 04-12-2014, 05:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 578
Posted By John Swift
Hifi speaker cabs use mixed driver sizes...

Hifi speaker cabs use mixed driver sizes successfully due to the crossovers used which is what I do. Guitar speakers cater well enough for the bottom 'E' (84Hz) give or take a few cpm
Bass speakers...
Forum: Bass Guitar 04-12-2014, 05:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 578
Posted By John Swift
Some good answers, some opinions. What these...

Some good answers, some opinions. What these experts seem to forget is that no two venues are the same, flapping the curtains one venue hardly hear it on stage the next.
It's all about...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-04-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 758
Posted By John Swift
Musicians play music, technicians play notes...

Musicians play music, technicians play notes (millions of them).
Forum: Musician Talk 03-04-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 758
Posted By John Swift
Just do something simple, listen to Fleetwood...

Just do something simple, listen to Fleetwood Macs 'Don't Stop' lead break, it does what a lead break should which is compliment the song, nothing whatsoever to do with scales just musicianship.
Do...
Forum: Musician Talk 03-03-2014, 08:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 758
Posted By John Swift
Solos should follow the chord pattern. Chords are...

Solos should follow the chord pattern. Chords are what I base my Bass lines on not scales.
After 52 successful years of gigging I must be doing something right.
Forum: Musician Talk 03-03-2014, 08:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 758
Posted By John Swift
Do you honestly think Peter Green or Eric Clapton...

Do you honestly think Peter Green or Eric Clapton gave a toss about scales (that is if they knew them which they didn't).
Scales are the reason why you go from venue to venue hearing the same solo.
Forum: Bass Guitar 02-26-2014, 12:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By John Swift
About as much use as a chocolate fireguard.

About as much use as a chocolate fireguard.
Forum: Bass Guitar 02-25-2014, 04:09 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By John Swift
What is technical death metal?

What is technical death metal?
Forum: Bass Guitar 02-20-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By John Swift
Some people can't do both, I played with a...

Some people can't do both, I played with a plectrum for around 28 years until I suffered a severe double Colles fracture of the right wrist in 1990, I started playing with the plaster caste still on...
Forum: Bass Guitar 02-20-2014, 01:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 936
Posted By John Swift
Back in the day bassists were failed guitarists,...

Back in the day bassists were failed guitarists, I know I was one.
Played guitar for about a year and got nowhere so I turned to Bass, bought my first Bass on Saturday and gigged the following...
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-21-2014, 02:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 709
Posted By John Swift
If you're going for a relatively low wattage amp...

If you're going for a relatively low wattage amp make sure that there is a DI output to into the desk/F.O.H, Bass amps don't mic up to well.
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-21-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 623
Posted By John Swift
John used to get his strings straight from the...

John used to get his strings straight from the factory, he preferred them before the final polishing which he thought dulled the sound, he was probably the first bassist to go for the zing/clang on...
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-09-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 2,881
Views: 207,344
Posted By John Swift
Owned this 1965 baby from new, sold it about 10...

Owned this 1965 baby from new, sold it about 10 yrs ago
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-09-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 2,881
Views: 207,344
Posted By John Swift
All these lovely babies have gone, even the 1962...

All these lovely babies have gone, even the 1962 Burns Split Sound 6 String Bass.

I'm now down to a G&L L2500
Mexican Fender 5 string Jazz Bass
Affinity 5 string Fender Jazz Bass
Forum: Musician Talk 01-05-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 941
Posted By John Swift
I studied at this place...

I studied at this place http://www.army.mod.uk/music/23271.aspx.
having played through Beatlemania I decided to join the British army in 1966 to learn to shoot people.
On joining my regiment they...
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-05-2014, 07:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 448
Posted By John Swift
One of the best pieces of kit that I use is a 5...

One of the best pieces of kit that I use is a 5 band parametric EQ with variable EQ and bandwidth selection.
As well as pin pointing pulling back over strong frequencies you can also boost weaker...
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-05-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,119
Posted By John Swift
Get lessons, learn as much as you can. When...

Get lessons, learn as much as you can.
When people ask me why I reply "A Myna Bird isn't clever because it can speak it would only be clever if it knew what it was saying".
Forum: Bass Guitar 01-05-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 468
Posted By John Swift
The general view in many harmony books is that...

The general view in many harmony books is that 7th being the leading note of the scale should rice.
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