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
Here is the video I have made to celebrate the 72nd birthday of Chris Squire. It’s “And You and I” and I have tried to go through the various possible overdubs in the recording, while also adding some of the live features, such as the inclusion of bass pedals.
06/03/2020 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged And You And I, bass, bass cover, bass lesson, bass pedals, bassline, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire, Close to the Edge, Jon Anderson, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Paradriver, Rick Wakeman, Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker 4001CS, Sansamp, Sansamp Paradriver DI, Steve Howe, 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
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
04/07/2016 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged bass, bass cover, bassline, Chris Squire, Magnification, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker 4001CS, Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI), YES
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!
Here is “Soft as a Dove” – recorded on the night of the 4th of March, in honour of Chris’ 68th birthday. Happy Birthday, Chris!
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.
23/02/2016 in sort-of-tutorial
Tagged 8-string, 90125, alternative tuning, bass, Changes, Chris Squire, Going For The One, Hearts, Hep Yadda, It Will Be a Good Day, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Open Your Eyes, Personent Hodie, Ranney, Roundabout, Sonus 8, Swiss Choir, The Ladder, To Be Alive, Universal Garden, Zon
Bass: Zon Sonus 8
Effects: Boss LM-2 Limiter
Signal path: Bass→LM-2→PC
A session in Bulgarian Music with bass star Stela Petrova. During this two-hour session, Stela taught me how to play 3 songs. One, in a very tricky (for me) form of 9/8, from her band Diva Reka, is named “Happy Nine” and composed by one of the great kaval (Bulgarian flute) players of Bulgaria, band mate Kostadin Genchev. Two others, in 7/8, from the highly prestiged Ensemble Trakia, by great Bulgarian Composer Stefan Mutafchiev. Later, Stela would kindly demonstrate on video excerpts of “Happy Nine” and “Oi, Shope, Shope”. Hoping one day I will make my own versions of these and more wonderful Bulgarian Music.
Here’s Stela with Diva Reka playing “Vesela Devyatka” (Happy Nine)
As for “Oi, Shope, Shope”, Stela pointed out that the actual meter is 13/16, but it’s simplified to 7/8 for music sheet, meaning that the actual duration of the first and last beats are not exactly equal, as in 7/8 (2+2+1+2).
Here’s the Trakia Ensemble orchestra and choir, performing “Oi, Shope, Shope”, joined by the “Cosmic Voices” choir.
05/08/2015 in Bulgarian Music
Tagged 13/16, 7/8, 9/8, bass, Bulgaria, Bulgarian, Choir, Diva Reka, double-bass, doublebass, Ансамбъл Тракия, България, Весела девятка, Дива Река, Костадин Генчев, Мигел Фалкао, Ой шопе шопе, Стела Петрова, Ensemble Trakia, folk, folklore, Kostadin Genchev, odd-time meter, Oi Shope Shope, Stela Petrova, Vesela Deviatka, vocal harmonies