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Music’s Forgotten Instrument: Don’t Drop It

Here’s a fun article that shows some videos from Billy Sheehan, Steve Harris and Geddy Lee. The author, Andrew Hutz, selected them as some of the most exciting and skilled bassists that he’s listened to. I agree with his picks, although, there are a bunch of others I’d add, from various extreme metal bands, jazz acts and new wave bands.

The Ultimate Sound

Some instruments get all the love.  Who doesn’t want to be like the charismatic singer, or the mysterious lead guitarist?  Even the drummers get respect after everyone gets the drum jokes out of the way.  Piano has its place as well.  But aren’t we forgetting something?

Yes we are!  We’ve forgotten the noble bass guitar!

Unfortunately, the bass guitar can sometimes be hard for young musicians to get into, especially as a primary instrument.  Because bass is often ignored by the mainstream music media, great bass players get overshadowed by their six-string playing band mates.  Beyond that, there is more early gratification from playing piano or guitar.  The best part of playing bass guitar is playing it with other musicians (this is true of most instruments, but especially of bass).  But the bass is actually badass, as this article will no doubt prove!

Bass guitar is essential to rock, blues…

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My shirts came in!

So last week, wifey went shopping and got these tall brown cowboy boots. Somehow, this is for winter. Well, I decided to get something to keep myself warm too, only I did it a bit different. I went online and grabbed images of some of my favorite bass players and put them together into a picture on the computer. I then dug around and found a cool image of a bass cleff and ordered two shirts from SpreadShirt.com. I made 2 variations. The first one has Alex Webster, Jeroen Thesseling and Steve DiGiorgio on it. The 2nd has Cliff Burton, Steve Harris and Geezer Butler. The back of each is that Gigeresque bass clef.

Well, the shirts just came in. 🙂 They were apparently inspected by someone named Sydney. There were 5 or 6 different long-sleeves to pick from. I opted for the kind that looked like it would be wearable outside, and that looked like it could handle some additional layering underneath. Right now, pre-wash, I’m happy with them. Wifey’s going to be mad when I grab her after work this afternoon (yeah, she has a Saturday shift today). She also ordered some shirts from Indonesia and heard yesterday that it’ll take 14-21 days to arrive in the states. 😉 I think hers are Joy Division and The Smiths. They’re not customized like mine though. 😉


Because Steve Harris rocks so hard

Wifey just showed this to me. 😉


Steve DiGiorgio (fretless metal bassist)

Death. Testament. Autopsy.  These are bands that rose to prominence in the 80s and 90s in thrash and death metal. Do you know what they all had in common? Steve DiGiorgio on bass. Steve is a whirlwind of a player. He’s known for blazing speed and fretless playing. I’ve combed the internet, and I can’t find video interviews with him anywhere. However, his playing has become an important part of the fabric of metal history. When I think of heavy metal bass, the first person who comes to mind is Steve Harris. However, when I think extreme metal bass, the two players who always top the list for me are Alex Webster and DiGiorgio.

Steve is a blend of schooled and self-taught bassist. Interviews on the internet state that he played different instruments in school, including woodwind and brass, before moving on to stringed instruments. He learned to read standard notation in school as well. He says that when it comes to metal, however, he learned by ear, sitting by the radio and playing to albums.


Alex Webster (bassist for Cannibal Corpse)

Interesting video of Alex Webster where he goes over how he plays and mechanical theory:

 Alex Webster Interview/Lesson in Sick Sounds Issue 1

Alex Webster is one of the more famous bassists in death metal. He is one of the original members of Cannibal Corpse and also plays in an instrumental outfit called Blotted Science. In the accompanying video interview for Sick Sounds, he goes over right and left-hand technique, and describes some of his playstyle.