I recovered one of my first covers from 2008, “A Venture” from “The Yes Album”. Little I knew back then that in fact the bass that Chris Squire used for this song was his white Fender Telecaster and not the usual Rickenbacker!
I did a Yes Album cover “spoof” with me in the empty chair, with a little big help from my friend Milton Trajano.
Then I added a take I had recorded on the previous day, where I missed a few notes in the end.
Here is the Rickenbacker version of Montreux’s Theme, which came second on the poll in which the Fender Jazz Bass has got more votes as we were trying to guess which bass was used by Chris Squire for this beautiful instrumental.
For the recordings I chose to boil old Rotosound strings, which sounded better that brand new ones from other brand, as I was trying to find a possible lower cost substitute for the Rotos – with no success.
I will soon post something about how I boiled the strings, for those interested :)
Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS
Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)
Signal conditioning: Boss LM-2 (limiter)
Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)
Signal path: Bass→LM-2→BDDI→PC
17/05/2014 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged Alan White, bass cover, bassline, Boss LM-2 Limiter, Chris Squire, Going For The One, Montreux's Theme, Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker 4001CS, Rotosound, Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI), Steve Howe
It will be a good 2012! Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Miguel
28/12/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged bass, bass cover, bassline, Chris Squire, eight-string, It Will Be a Good Day, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Sonus 8, The Ladder, YES, Zon
For professional reasons I have had little time to make a brand new clip, so I recycled an old bassline recording of mine. November is coming – Happy 40th birthday “Fragile”!!
23/10/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire, DI, electric bass, Falcão, Fragile, Jon Anderson, Long Distance Runaround, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Rick Wakeman, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Squire, Steve Howe, YES
Celebrating the NEW YES ALBUM IN 2011!! *** now available worldwide ***
13/07/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 2011, 4001, 4001CS, Alan White, bass, bass cover, bass pedals, bassline, Benoît David, Chris Squire, Fly From Here, Geoff Downes, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, pedals, Rickenbacker, Steve Howe, Taurus, Trevor Horn, We Can Fly, YES
Hello everyone and happy new belated 2011!
I added the pdf files for Tempus Fugit, Heart of the Sunrise, Siberian Khatru and In the Presence of.
Just click on the links and you will be directed to the original post, now updated with the respective files.
Posted in Chris Squire bass covers, News
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Chris Squire, Close to the Edge, Drama, electric bass, Falcão, Fragile, Heart of the Sunrise, In the Presence of, Magnification, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Siberian Khatru, Squire, standard notation, Tempus Fugit, Transcription, YES
These are my wishes of Merry Christmas for all of you visiting my music.
May the Music be with you always!
19/12/2010 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 8-string, Ampeg SVX, bass, bass cover, bassline, Choir, Chris Squire, Christmas, DI, eight-string, Gerard Johnson, Gustav Holst, Holst, Miguel, miguel bass, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Personent Hodie, Piae Cantiones, preamp, Sansamp, Sonus, Swiss Choir, Xmas, Zon
Perhaps my favourite Michael Steele bassline, but there are many… This was one that I started playing bass with, back in the days I bought the album in ’86 and I got my first bass on the following year. What strikes me the most about this bassline are the subtle passages on chord transitions, which are so good taste, very discrete and make the whole song flow. Listening carefully to Michael’s playing here, I can guess that she did the whole song in one take, for many of the passages here are really thought of “on-the-fly”, as she never repeats the exact same pattern on similar passages. She must have had the song so present that, along with her abilities, was able to let herself go with the groove. This bassline is a study on how you can make several great sounding basslines on a simple chord structure, and doing “your thing” without imposing your playing. By the way, Michael definitely wouldn’t need it as the is shining with her voice. September Gurls was written by Alex Chilton in 1974 and covered by The Bangles on the “Different Light” album, from 1986.
07/09/2010 in More Music
Tagged Alex Chilton, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, DI, Different Light, Fender Precision, Michael Steele, Micki, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Sansamp, September Gurls, The Bangles, wine red
Michael Steele is one of my all-time favourite artists (musician, lyricist, singer). This song, written by herself and David White, is one of the best moments of “Doll Revolution” – the last album of The Bangles with Michael Steele. Thank you for your Music, Michael!