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Old 01-12-2014, 07:58 AM   #1
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Question how did John Entwistle play bass?

Hi all, I dont come here too often because im mainly a guitarist but I sometimes mess with my bass

Im a big Who fan and I just love the way John Entwistle plays, do any of you know his technique(s)
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:14 PM   #2
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Much of John's lines were built on pentatonic scales and as aggressive as his sound was, he had a really light touch on the strings. Also keeping your action low helps.

Also, timing is key. He was really the accurate engine of the Who rhythm section.

Other than that, keep your ears open and watch some Who videos.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:39 PM   #3
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Cheers

Do you have any idea on his sound at all?
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:47 PM   #4
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Some isolated JE bass tracks here....
http://www.youtube.com/results?sear...s+isolated&sm=1
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:54 PM   #5
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For his sound, look at his equipment. It did change throughout the years (John was a consummate bass horder). His gear is fairly well documented out there on the internet.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:30 PM   #6
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I read a quote once where he said Keith was more of a keyboard player on the drums, so he played the drums on the bass and The Who never really had a proper bass player. Or something like that.

I've been meaning to learn to play My Generation for a while.
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Old 01-12-2014, 03:53 PM   #7
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I literally just learnt the solo to that song, well one of them its an ever changing solo
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Old 01-12-2014, 07:05 PM   #8
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The solo is variations on the pentatonic scale. Seriously its a lot easier than it sounds.
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:27 PM   #9
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Entwistle was a true musician and one of the most talented bassists in rock. He always made it look effortless. R.I.P. Ox!!!

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Old 01-21-2014, 02:40 PM   #10
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For his sound, look at his equipment. It did change throughout the years (John was a consummate bass horder). His gear is fairly well documented out there on the internet.

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 bass guitar strings.
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