Here I play the second section of The Gates of Delirium, also known as “the battle” suite. Most appropriate, I would say… I managed to play it in two nights of recording, having to stop after on the first night I had run out of fingers… they still hurt :))
I must say also that the studying of this particular bassline (including the first section) has been a complete treasure for me. Taking on what seems to be a beautiful musical chaos and listening it in small sections. You will find very particular aspects of Chris’ playing – regarding note choices, rhythm patterns, fingering solutions…. I have learned a lot from the bass guitar itself after studying this bassline, with the help of the available videos, especially the QPR show from 1975, which I adopted as a visual reference for left and right hand positions, which is most probably the closest footage to what might have happened during the Relayer and Yesshows years.
The speed at which this version was played is really on my technical limits… more so after some weeks of holiday without playing and letting my left hand finger tips go softer. Hope you enjoy the music and thanks for watching!
Bass: Rickenbacker 4001 CS
Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)
Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)
Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC