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Yet another song ID

I once uncovered the identity of the song that Richard Bona plays and sings in this demo for De Grier basses, but I can't find where I stashed the link. I think it's old, like from the 50's or 60's. Hope me?
posted by thelonius on Nov 13, 2016 - 2 answers

Bass Guitar App Wanted

Looking for the best app for learning to play bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by klausman on Sep 8, 2016 - 6 answers

Will a 3/4 double bass fit into a Bmw 4 series gran coupe?

The title says it all - I guess it's a very niche problem and maybe someone has advice on how to do this?
posted by freddymetz on Jul 26, 2016 - 10 answers

Bass in the Blues, exemplary recordings?

I play the bass. Haven't played much Blues music. For the purpose of study and emulation I am looking for Blues recordings where the bass playing is masterful . Somewhat surprisingly, I haven't found any discographies online. Recordings where the bass is fulfilling its modest background duties, as dictated by the genre, in exemplary fashion. (Sheer Blues only, please, for this purpose. Not Rock.)
posted by bertran on Jul 12, 2016 - 14 answers

Musicians who play their signature instruments

Which musicians have actually "real" signature models of their instruments available or previously available? [more inside]
posted by jitterbug perfume on Jun 25, 2016 - 18 answers

All About That Bass

Please help me add to my list of pop songs that have a great low frequencies. [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on May 25, 2016 - 40 answers

I must hear him again, unless I imagined him

There's a voice stuck in my head. It's a male singer, blues and folk, about the same timbre as Leonard Cohen but smoother, with a mournful sound and very slight rasp on the higher notes. Who is he? [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith on May 10, 2016 - 34 answers

Indie bands that bring the bass

Reading Sasha Frere-Jones's 2007 article about the lack of audible bass frequencies and syncopated bass parts in indie rock again recently got me thinking. What contemporary indie rock bands bring the bass? [more inside]
posted by Sonny Jim on Apr 27, 2016 - 12 answers

Gift ideas for an electric bass beginner

One of my friends is learning to play bass, I've been helping him out with some basic stuff as I play guitar, but I don't know much bass specific stuff. It's his birthday soon, and I'd like to get him something bass related. Is there a book, a piece of kit or anything really that you'd recommend? The stuff we're going through is mainly blues/rock. Thanks.
posted by Ned G on Mar 11, 2016 - 10 answers

how to hold a bass guitar

Bass playing Mefites, I need your help. [more inside]
posted by thereemix on Feb 18, 2016 - 16 answers

Need advice on how to read Bass tabs

I need a method to turn bass tabs into something I can play. [more inside]
posted by night_train on Oct 1, 2015 - 13 answers

Any thoughts on more Bass?

I have a Bose 28 series home theater system. Before anyone starts jabbing me lets just know it was a gift and I am tryin gto work with it as best as possible. [more inside]
posted by silsurf on Mar 4, 2015 - 6 answers

Does this desktop fretboard mapping software exist?

I love Guitar Toolkit on my iPhone. Specifically, the scale and chord features. I want the same functionality on my desktop monitor so I can see more than 5 frets at a time. [more inside]
posted by usonian on Nov 15, 2014 - 5 answers

IEM burn-in: Is a messy bass likely to go away?

Hi. If I have new IEMs and the bass sounds like it's just too much -- unblended, overshadowing, even muddying -- is it possible that it will balance out in the same way as other problems go away during/after proper burn-in time? [more inside]
posted by noelpratt2nd on Sep 4, 2014 - 4 answers

How much for the bass? (not a fish)

Wife bought this (used) bass guitar back in 1988ish. Kramer Spector IV. Never used it. Wants to sell it. Appears to be in very good condition. No clue about the value -- poked around a few forums/sites, didn't find anything particularly helpful. Now turning to Mighty AskMeFi for info on what we can reasonably expect to ask/get for it.
posted by davidmsc on Jul 11, 2014 - 6 answers

Musician: Impossible

How do musicians actually find other musicians in this crazy modern super-connected world? Especially in the big city? [more inside]
posted by Soap D. Spencer on Jul 2, 2014 - 8 answers

Acoustic bass guitar in recorded music?

I've become curious about the musical potential of the acoustic bass guitar. Does anybody know of any recordings, in any genre, where this instrument is used to good effect? [more inside]
posted by bertran on Apr 26, 2014 - 9 answers

Neighbor's bass is slowly rendering my innards to gelatin - advice?

After searching, I see this has come up on Ask MeFi before in regards to apartment situations. The difference here is that we own, as do our neighbors. We live in Chicago, and naturally the police are less than responsive about these sorts of matters. I have spoken to the vibrating bass vehicle owner himself, twice, which helps for a week or so at most. I am a quiet person and a homebody - also a stay-at-home mom to a toddler and impending baby. There is literally nowhere in the house I can go to escape it when it's at max volume. [more inside]
posted by sixtyten on Apr 21, 2014 - 13 answers

What stringed bowed bass instrument should I learn?

For home recordings, I'm looking to learn a new instrument that is cello-like, low-end and haunting sounding, but not large and unwieldy. Help me brainstorm. [more inside]
posted by critzer on Feb 21, 2014 - 27 answers

Why do I keep killing bass amps?

Last night, at an otherwise excellent show, my electric bass amp died. Power was on, amp was off, and would not turn on any longer. In the middle of a song. This would be fine, but: this is my third amp that's died in three years. What's up? [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Feb 6, 2014 - 13 answers

How do I make my amp less bassy?

I own this amp. It works fine except for one thing: the sound is tremendously bassy. Currently, I have the bass turned all the way down and the treble all the way up and it is STILL too bassy. I only play distorted/high gain. What are my best options for getting a treblier sound?
posted by josher71 on Oct 29, 2013 - 18 answers

Hearing Protection for Musicians, or, It's Too Loud and I'm Too Old

I am a bass player, and I have recently returned to playing loud, noisy rock and roll after a 4-year hiatus from the stage. I have always eschewed earplugs on stage, on the grounds that they keep me from hearing all of the nuance I need to hear to play effectively with a group. But I ain't no spring chicken anymore, and now I recognize that the real reason I never wore earplugs before, even in mind-bendingly loud bands, was mostly out of misplaced machismo. I can tell that I have lost some hearing over the years, especially in the ear that usually faces the drums, and I want to avoid losing more. I have tried using cheap, disposable foam ear plugs, but I am not satisfied with the sound quality I am getting with them. Are there better ear protection alternatives out there? [more inside]
posted by vibrotronica on Sep 9, 2013 - 14 answers

Any thoughts on acoustic basses?

Over the weekend, I was blindsided by a powerful urge to buy an acoustic bass guitar (not stand up bass), mostly for noodling around the house without plugging in my electric or an occasional acoustic jam with friends. Can you give any buying advice or perspectives? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 5, 2013 - 12 answers

So is it pick then grin, or grin then pick?

What Bluegrass should I really dig into to get a feel for the style? [more inside]
posted by Gygesringtone on Jul 12, 2013 - 10 answers

Bass guitar fret work in Triangle, NC

Does anyone know of a guitar tech in the Chapel Hill - Durham - Raleigh NC area who specializes in basses? [more inside]
posted by thelonius on Jul 11, 2013 - 1 answer

So funky you can smell it

I'm making a playlist of deep in the pocket funk tracks. The emphasis here is on really great bass lines. Suggest your favourite booty-shaking songs. [more inside]
posted by wabbittwax on Jun 25, 2013 - 35 answers

How should I approach complaining about noise from a new bar?

My new neighbor is a piano bar that plays live music during the weekends. How should I go about complaining about the noise from their live shows? [more inside]
posted by Young Kullervo on May 17, 2013 - 21 answers

Help me amplify my upright bass, live, with these limitations:

I have an upright bass, a Fishman B-2 preamp, a Sennheiser e835 microphone, a Peavy PV10 Mixing board, an Ampeg Micro VR stack, a Six Rounds piezo pickup (which suck suck sucks, but I mention for full disclosure), and various cables and connecters. How can I combine these items to best amplify the upright bass? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Apr 9, 2013 - 7 answers

how can i fancy up this simple board?

i'm trying to hang guitars and basses on a brick wall. i have instrument hangers already, but drilling a million holes into brick seems like A BAD IDEA so i thought i would hang a board (cedar, i ALSO already have it) on the wall (many fewer screw-holes) and then just screw the guitar holders to the plank. the plank is 5.5" wide and 1 1/4" deep (and 6 feet long) and really pretty, so i'm ALMOST happy. The ends are really roughly cut though (despite my best sanding job), and i was hoping to cover them up with something (copper? silk?) so it looks a bit less like i, um, hung a plank on the wall, and more like i'm incredibly crafty and awesome. what should i use for the ends of these boards? google is not helping, but maybe i'm searching using the wrong words(?). thank you!
posted by andreapandrea on Feb 9, 2013 - 6 answers

Easy jams for keyboard and bass

I've played classical piano for years, but I'm just starting out with jazz and blues. A friends is learning bass guitar from scratch. Can anyone recommend some easy riffs or chord progressions we could play together?
posted by morninj on Feb 5, 2013 - 6 answers

How to make my voice sound DEEEEEP?

Metafilter, I am a tall and fit guy but my voice is high and nervous sounding. Are there any methods to deepen my sissy voice and make me a paler version of Morgan Freeman? [more inside]
posted by Sentus on Jan 19, 2013 - 14 answers

Rickenbacker in an AVClub video?

I have a recollection of one of, I think, the AVClub covers project videos where the band's bass player is playing a Jetglo Rickenbacker 4001/4003. I thought it was maybe Hospitality doing Rikki Don't Lose That Number, but it isn't. [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

There's a lot of head-tilting in this video.

How would you describe this piece of K-pop? [more inside]
posted by casarkos on Nov 11, 2012 - 1 answer

A nice acoustic bass guitar at a reasonable price?

What are some suggestions for a nice acoustic bass guitar (not a stand-up bass fiddle; not an acoustic-electric) that I can purchase for my son at a VERY reasonable price? [more inside]
posted by DMelanogaster on Oct 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Duh-na na-na na-na na-na. Bass.

Aspiring bassist, and advanced guitarist, wants to know: what are the canonical rock and roll bass riffs? [more inside]
posted by Slarty Bartfast on Oct 3, 2012 - 50 answers

The bass is at my place, but now needs to get in YO' FACE

I bought a bass! Can you recommend any specific online tutorials / resources (e.g., on the youtubes) to learn to play the thing? I already play guitar. Bonus: I like Britpop. What are some fun Britpop songs to play on the bass? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Sep 19, 2012 - 16 answers

They call me Ol' Dainty Fingers Jefferson

What's a good bass for a person who plays a short-scale guitar? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Aug 1, 2012 - 13 answers

Fretting the fretless

Getting frets added to a fretless bass? [more inside]
posted by dirtdirt on May 30, 2012 - 4 answers

What are other songs like Orion?

What are more songs (or albums) similar to Metallica's Orion, particularly the counterpoint that starts at around 4:00?
posted by tomwheeler on Apr 20, 2012 - 3 answers

How to transition from classical to jazz bass?

I am a classically trained bassist that wants to learn jazz and get over my fear of improvisation. How can I practice in my spare time to further this goal? [more inside]
posted by masters2010 on Jan 20, 2012 - 5 answers

How can I deal with the bass from a church next door?

How to deal with the bass from a church I share a wall with? [more inside]
posted by lxs on Jan 8, 2012 - 11 answers

The Thick of My Life

What was this band I saw in the Chicago suburbs? [more inside]
posted by Marie Mon Dieu on Dec 29, 2011 - 5 answers

School me on the drum-and-bass scene: where, and when?

Help me find a quality drum and bass/jungle festival to attend in the next 12-24 months (or a fun city to visit with weeklies/clubs/options for hearing a variety of heavy, bass-driven music... but not so much dubstep). Preferably somewhere in Canada or the U.S.; other ideas welcome, as long as they're worthwhile and not scary-expensive. [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Dec 4, 2011 - 8 answers

Beginner bass guitar tips please

Beginner bass guitar tips please [more inside]
posted by choppyes on Dec 1, 2011 - 7 answers

Am I setting myself up for frustration if I buy a poor quality amplifier? Does it even matter?

Does the quality of a bass guitar amplifier really matter? [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Dec 1, 2011 - 22 answers

Boom ba doom boom boom ba doom boom bass

Is there a darker side to bass guitar solos and if so, which bands/artists utilize it? Darker bands/songs with prominent bass also work. [more inside]
posted by biochemist on Nov 23, 2011 - 20 answers

My music-loving kids need more help than I can give.

My 13 year old wants a bass guitar for Christmas. People who have some idea about musical instruments, please tell me what I should be looking for in a beginner bass guitar. [more inside]
posted by malibustacey9999 on Nov 20, 2011 - 41 answers

Can you help me reduce pick-hand pain when I play bass guitar?

I've been playing electric bass guitar in bands continuously for about 25 years or so. The last 20 years I've been using a pick exclusively, and for most of that time, while playing, I've suffered bad pain in my picking hand - specifically around the base of my thumb and in between the thumb and index finger. It's kind of like a cramp that comes on about 5 minutes after I start playing, and can in extreme isntances result in me not being able to hold onto the pick. The pain subsides after I stop playing, but it's a serious hinderance to playing well! I'm in a punk band, so lots of speed picking. I've tried hand and arm exercises, stretching, upping my potassium intake (bananas and coconut water), repositioning the bass, and taking Ibuprofin before playing and none of it seems to work reliably. Is this something I am just have to live with?
posted by slackdog on Oct 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Getting to first bass.

I've decided to buy my first upright bass to learn on (a used student bass). What to look for? [more inside]
posted by hanoixan on Oct 21, 2011 - 4 answers

i need heavy, 2011-vintage music.

I'm in need of heavy, new music. I know that sounds general, but if I give a couple of examples, could you recommend similar tracks or albums? OK: The Zed's Dead remix of Massive Attack's "Paradise Circus." The entire Araabmuzik album. Also, the Weeknd's first EP. [more inside]
posted by flod on Sep 20, 2011 - 11 answers

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