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Or I guess you can call him Sting.



What a handsome devil.


Gordon Sumner, better known as Sting, is well known for being the frontman of The Police, a mixture of punk, reggae and new wave elements combined with some progressive stylings. While in The Police, Sting pioneered a style of bass that combined the agressiveness of punk and the laid back rhythms of reggae; playing right at the front of the mix, he is one of the few people that successfully played bss guitar as a lead instrument (without seeming like a tosser.)

Essential Listening:

Roxanne
Walking On The Moon
Every Breath You Take
Synchronicity
Honestly, their entire discography should be mandatory for anyone calling themselves a bass guitarist.

Too many talented minds in one band, of course they had to split up. Sting made the most of this with his very successful solo career, venturing far from punk into jazz, folk and fusion. While he had far fewer catchy hits in his solo career, his music was much richer and albums more varied.

Essential Listening:

Englishman In New York
Shape Of My Heart
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You (My favourite Sting/Police song!)
Seven Days

So much is explored in Sting's music, every bass guitarist must learn some of his lines.

The Gear:

60s Fender Jazz Bass



70s Fender Precision Fretless



Ibanez Musician Fretless



Hamer 8 String



Steinberger L-2



Spector (Thanks Cam )



'57 Fender Precision



'55 Fender Precision



Various Marshall and Ampeg amps with various custom made cabs. An MXR Phaser features heavily on early records.

Despite being well into his 60s, her barely looks 50 due to his jogging and yoga obsession and something called a "macrobiotic diet." Gods know what that is but it sounds revolting; you can hardly fault the results though. An expert musician and philanthropist, he is one of the few millionaires to have truly earnt his millions (despite being a filthy tax-dodger.)

Conclusions: Buy Regatta de Blanc and Ten Summoners Tales. Learn.
Wood doesn't affect tone. Grow up.
Last edited by Spaz91 at Apr 16, 2013,
#3
Well done. But you forgot about the white Spector NS-2 he played on the Synchronicity tour.

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#4
Great singer and bass player. One of my physics teachers in school used to be in the same year (and rugby team) as sting at school
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#5
Thank for reviving the BPoTM series. Not a huge fan of Sting (his personality tends to grate on me big time) but a nice write up and good photos!

And Macrobiotic diets are based on grains with local foods eaten in season. I had a macrobiotic vegan friend who made eating out and cooking an adventure when we invited her over. ugh.
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Thank for reviving the BPoTM series. Not a huge fan of Sting (his personality tends to grate on me big time) but a nice write up and good photos!

I hope you can appreciate him as a bass guitarist rather than as the mahoosive ego he is

I hope the monthly threads kick up again, if not I'll keep writing them

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Sting... the second coolest member of the Police.

Stewart Copeland wrote the sound track to the first Spyros games (the good ones.)
For that, he is my hero; now I can't shake my love of hammond organs and eight string acoustics.
Stewart Copeland - Sunny Villa.
Stewart Copeland - Midday Garden
Wood doesn't affect tone. Grow up.
Last edited by Spaz91 at Apr 16, 2013,
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Sting... the second coolest member of the Police.

Obviously behind copeland he is a monsters who never gets the credit owed.
#9
Now that's a member of the Police I do lurve. Stuart Copeland. Which is why I really dug Oysterhead.

I'm not a big fan of Sting's bass playing, though I can see how it would work well for someone who has to do both singing and bass duty. His use of thumb and fingers in playing is interesting to watch.
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Quote by Spaz91
I hope you can appreciate him as a bass guitarist rather than as the mahoosive ego he is

I hope the monthly threads kick up again, if not I'll keep writing them


Stewart Copeland wrote the sound track to the first Spyros games (the good ones.)
For that, he is my hero; now I can't shake my love of hammond organs and eight string acoustics.
Stewart Copeland - Sunny Villa.
Stewart Copeland - Midday Garden


The Spyro soundtrack is precisely the reason I love Stewart Copeland!
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#11
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Now that's a member of the Police I do lurve. Stuart Copeland. Which is why I really dug Oysterhead.

I'm not a big fan of Sting's bass playing, though I can see how it would work well for someone who has to do both singing and bass play. His use of thumb and fingers in playing is interesting to watch.

Oysterhead is the greatest super group in my opinion. So much talent between a rhythm section of Claypool and Stuart Copeland on drums then to top it off with Trey, so lush! I would have loved to sit in a room watching them jam for their album.

Im pretty much on the same boat with Sting though. Dude writes some solid basslines but nothing to really wow me at all.
#12
Isn't he the guy from the movie version of Dune?
"Drinking is a skill and should be recognized as such!"

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Isn't he the guy from the movie version of Dune?

He was Feyd Rautha. And Patrick Stewart was Gurney Halleck!

I love Dune.
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Didn't he have bright red hair?

And no dialogue. He took off his shirt at the end of the film and then died.

Gods, I hope the book is better than the film.
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And no dialogue. He took off his shirt at the end of the film and then died.

Gods, I hope the book is better than the film.

Is best book ever. The series as a whole is a little downhill after the second book, but Dune is an awesome read.
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#17
Great article. Im trying to remember the name but sting does some country stuff aswell which is top notch.
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And no dialogue. He took off his shirt at the end of the film and then died.

Gods, I hope the book is better than the film.


Not in Dune, he didn't. He wore his goofy blue bubble suit right up until he got stabbed in the neck.

And he did have a few lines. He said "All I see is an Atreides I want to kill!"

Sometimes less is definitely more...like less of that Dune film would have definitely been more.
"Drinking is a skill and should be recognized as such!"

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FatalGear41 knows the ways of the obscure. I hear it's just not with Gibsons. Beware, Halloween approaches...


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DAMNIT FATALGEAR YOU RUINED MUH FLOW!
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Well he took it off at some point in the film


And this is what he got for it:



Let that be a lesson...stick to bass!
"Drinking is a skill and should be recognized as such!"

Quote by gregs1020
FatalGear41 knows the ways of the obscure. I hear it's just not with Gibsons. Beware, Halloween approaches...


Quote by Spaz91
DAMNIT FATALGEAR YOU RUINED MUH FLOW!
#23
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Let that be a lesson...stick to bass!

And beards.

Wood doesn't affect tone. Grow up.