cha33 armstrong
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Join date: Jan 2012
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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)
You hit 'em and they get back up
I hit 'em and they stay down
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anarkee
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#2
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.
cha33 armstrong
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#3
Cheers

Do you have any idea on his sound at all?
You hit 'em and they get back up
I hit 'em and they stay down
- Frank Castle
anarkee
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#5
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.
2PtDescartes
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#6
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.
cha33 armstrong
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#7
I literally just learnt the solo to that song, well one of them its an ever changing solo
You hit 'em and they get back up
I hit 'em and they stay down
- Frank Castle
anarkee
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#8
The solo is variations on the pentatonic scale. Seriously its a lot easier than it sounds.
FatalGear41
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#9
Entwistle was a true musician and one of the most talented bassists in rock. He always made it look effortless. R.I.P. Ox!!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ScCQauet1_I
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#10
Quote by anarkee
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.
Hiwatt amps are still being built about 30 miles from where I live (not the cheap low priced SS imports), I felt the weight of the 200 watt amp when visiting the factory, loved it but the weight would have crippled me.
G&L L2500
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Ashdown Little Giant 1000
300 watt 15" powered cab
450 watt 15" powered sub bass cab
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