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#playforChris2

Dear friends,

Almost after one year since Chris passed away, fans from all over the world unite to pay tribute to Our Hero. I would like to thank to all of those who took the time to be involved in this second edition, hoping that this video will demonstrate the singular love that Chris generated in so many fans, some of which are here so well represented.

Thank You Chris!

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Chris Squire and the 8-string bass – Part 4

Episode 4 of the “sort-of-tutorial” series on Chris Squire and the 8-string bass is a kind contribution of Eric Ranney, who designed and built the Ranney 8-string bass. Details of the bass’ construction and all the story from the instruments’ conception to its première in the hands of Chris Squire are presented in this video.

I would like to express my gratitude to Eric Ranney for sharing this piece of Yes history, which I’m sure will captivate your interest.

Very special thanks to Keane Arase at keanespics.com for the photographs from the Chicago show.

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#playforChris2 – announcement

Dear Friends, the second edition of “Play For Chris” is open to all who wish to join in a demonstration of thankfulness, remembering and celebrating the life and music of Chris Squire. Here’s how you can participate:

1 – Record a video of yourself singing or playing your instrument of choice, preferably something from Chris or Yes’ catalogue. Please act especially for this occasion. Do something now – in the Present – rather than using previously produced material – Play for Chris!

2 – Include a text message about your feelings for Chris, what his music means
to you. The text will be displayed along with your video.

If you don’t play or sing at all you may still participate by sending a video of yourself speaking, with a message stating your feelings for Chris.

Optionally you may send graphical content such as a drawing, painting or photo
composition about or dedicated to Chris.You can include the text message to be displayed along with the image.

3-Send your files to me (miguel@miguelbass.com) by the method you prefer, just let me know. The limit date is the 30th of April 2016. Please try to keep your contributions up to 90 seconds and allow me to edit them, if needed, in order to fit all contributions in one clip, and as evenly as possible.

Let’s keep celebrating Chris’ music here on earth and, as the name says,
to keep playing for Chris!

 

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Soft as a Dove

Here is “Soft as a Dove” – recorded on the night of the 4th of March, in honour of Chris’ 68th birthday. Happy Birthday, Chris!

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Chris Squire and the 8-string bass – Part 3

This is the first (sort of) tutorial video of a series I am doing about Chris playing the 8-string bass. I began on episode 3, talking about the use of the Ranney bass from 90125 on.

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Hearts

 

Bass: Zon Sonus 8

Strings: D’Addario

Effects: Boss LM-2 Limiter

Signal path: Bass→LM-2→PC

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Into The Storm

Entering the Christmas Season “Into The Storm”, one of the many highlights of the “Fly From Here” album, featuring Chris’ distinctive Mutron III sound. Schindleria Praematurus! Thank You Chris!

Bass: Rickenbacker 4001 CS

Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)

Effects: Amplitube 3 (Envelope Filter on bridge pickup) T-RackS (compressor on both pickups)

Signal path: Bass→PC→T-RackS + Amplitube 3

Basso3 – double-bass trio

For over a year I’m teaming up with fellow bass players Alvaro Rosso and José Miguel Pereira in a double-bass trio format – Basso3 (facebook page)

Since around 2009 I have started to experiment with other musicians from the improvisation field, in particular participating on the MIA encounters and more recently at the MEIA festival in Aveiro. It was precisely on the opening edition of this event that the concert now registered in the shape of an album took place, in a brilliant effort by the Pássaro Vago label.

The album is on free streaming but the CD may also be purchased at Pássaro Vago’s bancamp page.

I hope these new sounds will capture your imagination!

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Photon tutorial / bass lesson

This is my first attempt to make a bass tutorial/lesson. I took from my latest video “Be The One” and made this video all dedicated to Chris work on the Photon bass.

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Be The One

“Be The One” was a song mostly composed on Chris’ Photon “piccolo” bass – or so I believe. The reason that makes me lean towards this is the specific tuning used on the Photon – D, B flat, D, G (bottom to top), which makes the opening harmonics. This was a very challenging song to study and it just makes one appreciate even more the creative genius of Chris Squire, always re-inventing his own way of composing, and by that, re-inventing the instrument itself.

I remember an interview of Chris’ by saying that these sessions were very much all recorded live with very little or no overdubbing. I had the same feeling when playing for my recording sessions, especially the middle rocking sections.

Thank you, Chris!