My new Ranney 8-string

This year started with great news. I have received a Ranney 8-string bass from Eric Ranney himself. The following videos contain the story behind this big surprise, as well as some demonstration of the bass and a thorough analysis of my bass, compared with Chris Squire’s original Ranney!

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To Be Over

Dear friends, this is a very special video for me because I’m presenting the bass I have built in the memory of Chris Squire. The #bassforChris project is my first attempt to construct a bass and it took me about one year. Finally it’s ready. Another important part of the cover is the use ofContinue reading “To Be Over”

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.Continue reading “Chris Squire and the 8-string bass – Part 4”

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.

Universal Garden

  Universal Garden has been a sort of “forgotten” song for me, since I had so many other favourites on “Open Your Eyes”. When it came the time to rediscover this album, I thought I should give a chance to this song and hear carefully what was going on with the bass. When I finallyContinue reading “Universal Garden”

eight guts

I’m starting using Soundcloud. I thought this could work as an audio scrapbook where I will make some experiments and store any ideas that will arise. Something to share quicker without having to build a video clip. The first entry is an improvisation using the Zon Sonus 8-string bass. Just exploring the natural timbre ofContinue reading “eight guts”

Merry Christmas from Miguel

These are my wishes of Merry Christmas for all of you visiting my music. May the Music be with you always! Miguel

To Be Alive

A beautiful song by Billy Sherwood. Also a good example of how to make use of the 8-string bass, letting the notes shine, keeping it simple and focus on the timbre of the instrument. The top two strings are tuned in perfect fifths (just like “Changes” or “Hearts”)