Here is the remaster of my 2010 arrangement of Onward. The picture quality hasn’t improved but hopefully the sound is much better and you will hear the effect of the resounding guitar harmonics.
Below I have copied the commentary of the original post from 2010.
Thanks for watching!
I am playing my 4001 CS bass which is unplugged. Holding it against the back of my (plugged) 360 guitar… a Rickenbacker Kiss.
I experimented with different guitar tunings that would resonate well with the song’s tonalities. Onward is a based one the I, VI, V and vi of C major, and modulated a step higher afterwards.
The guitar tuning I did (eventually using a capo) was selected to accommodate all these chords. Ones sound better than others. B minor was, for example, a bit less successful, as well as all passages with an F sharp.
Then I adapted the whole piece – melody and a sort of accompaniment with the lower register which is not related to the actual bass line. The initial riff is my transformation of the original intro, and the coda.. I came up with a way to modulate back to C major. A bit dangerous too cause B flat (G minor) and A flat (F minor) were used… but then finally I got the best resonance spot to end the piece on an improvised Safe-like finale.
One very interesting thing is that – after tuning both instruments with the tuner, I found the resonance wasn’t happening… so I fine tuned on my bass by ear, and found the resonance spots for each string… maybe a few cents lower than the “right” tuning. I know it’s still not perfect but it’s a fact that it wasn’t working with both guitars tuned by the tuner. I think this has to do with the tempered scale of the fretboard that is “fighting” with the natural harmonics of the guitar’s open strings.
While not optimal, I decided to post it to show you the idea. It has some interesting sounds and with more time I will come again to it!
Tunings (bottom to top)
Bass – E A D G
Guitar (Capo 8th fret) – C F A D G B
11/08/2020 in More Music, Solo
Tagged 360, 4001, 4001CS, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Chris Squire, DI, electric bass, Falcão, guitar, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Onward, Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker Kiss, Sansamp, Squire, Tormato, YES
Hello everyone, although I’m still busier than usual with my professional activities, I managed to make this new video to celebrate Chris’ 70th Birthday. I hope you enjoy it, and celebrate together the music of our hero!
Thank you to all of those who have written me and shown me your support during these last times!
04/03/2018 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Chris Squire, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Relayer, Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker 4001CS, Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI), Sansamp Paradriver DI, Sound Chaser
Here’s a remastered version of New State of Mind, that I originally did in 2010.
31/01/2017 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, 5-string, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Billy Sherwood, Chris Squire, DI, electric bass, Falcão, HD Remaster, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, New State of Mind, Open Your Eyes, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Squire, Thumb, Warwick, YES
Here’s a remaster of the Amazing Grace solo that I originally played in 2009.
Today is Chris’ 67th birthday – Happy Birthday, Chris!
04/03/2015 in Chris Squire bass covers, News
Tagged 4001CS, Amazing Grace, b:assmaster, barker, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bass solo, bassline, brassmaster, Chris Squire, DI, fuzz, Gibson, Maestro, Malekko, Miguel Falcão, moog, pedals, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, solo, Squire, Taurus, vst, vsti, YES
Around six years ago I was experimenting with video effects and recorded this cover of Machine Messiah. Since then, YouTube’s audio and video compression capabilities improved a lot so I figured that this one could be sort of remastered both sonic and visually. As I had the green screen behind me, and although the lighting put a big shadow on it, I decided to make some different video effects, not as flashy as the first version. Most of all, I hope now the sound is better and you enjoy this cover of one of my favourite Yes compositions and basslines!
Bass: Rickenbacker 4001 CS
Strings: Warwick Red Strings (45-105, stainless steel)
Preamp: Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI)
Effects: Amplitube 3 – T-RackS CS Vintage Compressor 670
Signal path: Bass→BDDI→PC→T-RackS
05/02/2015 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 4001CS, Alan White, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Chris Squire, Drama, Geoff Downes, Machine Messiah, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, moog, pedals, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI), Squire, Steve Howe, Taurus, Trevor Horn, YES
Dear friends, here is my cover for part ii of Fly From Here – Sad Night at the Airfield.
For this track I had to use my 5 string Warwick.
Interesting fact that Chris’ Tobias has an extended range not only low-wise but also high. That repetitive high F sharp that Chris plays on his first (D) string corresponds to a 27th fret! Even my Warwick has “only” 26 so I played it on the G string.
I really like this bassline. Many details and slight nuances are hidden because of the kind of mixing that was made on this track. I hope that I didn’t miss too many… and that you will hear better how Chris thought of the different passages on an apparently simple chord progression.
Then there is that middle bass solo with a Chorus effect , almost sounding like a “detuned” vibrato.
Other interesting aspect that I found was the amount of editing that was made possibly by Trevor Horn. I tried to illustrate with the video what I perceived from that post-editing. Not like common “rock” productions – It seems that bass notes are chopped and used elsewhere without necessarily wanting to “disguise” so nobody notices it. In other styles this is very common to do… Trevor Horn maybe was here responsible for this editing. I think it suits very well the album concept… it’s not too different of what they did with Close to the Edge, only with new technology and musical context.
Well I hope you enjoy the clip. Happy Easter to all.
08/04/2012 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 2012, Alan White, bartolini, Bass Driver, BDDI, Benoît David, Chris Squire, Fly From Here, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Sad Night at the Airfield, Sansamp, Steve Howe, Thumb bass, tour, Trevor Horn, Warwick, YES
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
When I started to listen Yes from the 70’s, my friend lent me Tormato – he thought that it would be a nice mid term to start with…
That was when I started to appreciate some Yessongs. I recorded the vinyl LP to a cassete… all of it? No… I didn’t care too much for 2 songs that were not so “beautiful” or “melodic”… indeed they seemed to me only noisy and disjointed. Those were “Release, Release” and “On the Silent Wings of Freedom” (would you believe?)…. So… perspective and tastes will always change – always irrationally – and while some songs we enjoy at first listen and start getting tired of them, others spend years before we start to like them, but once we get the picture – our own picture – it will stay forever.
This is an old recording from 2000 that I transformed into a video clip, because I’m short of time for now but I’d still like to make something for my own and for those of you who like to watch my videos.
12/06/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged Bass Driver, Chris Squire, DI, Fender, Fiesta Red, Flex 75, gibson thunderbird, Herco, Jazz Bass, miguel bass, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Release Release, Rotosound, RS66 LD, Sansamp, Swing Bass, Tormato
Here’s a song I made for Chris, called… “For Chris”! Happy Birthday to You!
Posted in Solo
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, Bass Driver, Chris Squire, DI, electric bass, Falcão, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, moog, pedals, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Squire, Taurus, 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