Finally, #playforChris6 – is ready! Feel free to share it with your friends or communities.
It was a long journey. Thank you to all participants for the sounds and images you have given me to play with. You don’t know… but I have developed a relationship with each one of you by seeing you and listening to you every day in the past 2 months. You were my band mates, my friends. I felt the love that you have put in your recordings, even those who, previously, were not so emotionally connected to Chris’ music.
Thank you to my Patrons for supporting me financially, for believing that what I do is worth it. Thank you to all my friends who encouraged me and shown me excitement in seeing the final result, as I was describing what I wanted to do.
This is was huge task, something hard to top, as some friends told me. I would like to say that the purpose wasn’t ever to do better than previous editions. It never is about outdoing myself. The only important purpose is to gather Chris’ fans and celebrate his music together, whether we do another one like this or we get back to the original format… or.. who know what might happen… as long as we Play for Chris!
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 an update and remaster of my 2008 cover of Roundabout, including new guitar overdubs and a some corrected notes on the secondary bassline, at the “Drifting Cloud” middle section.
09/06/2020 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged bass cover, bass lesson, bassline, Chris Squire, Fragile, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Paradriver, Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker 4001CS, Roundabout, Sansamp, Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI), Sansamp Paradriver DI, YES
Here are the latest news concerning #playforChris6.
Remember the limit date for your contributions to arrive is May 15th.
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
Wishing a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Bass pedals cover for “Madrigal”. A lot of the work consisted in getting a sound on the bass pedals close to the original. I think Chris also was very thoughtful in that respect – he didn’t choose the usual “Taurus” sound which has more contour with raspy highs. That’s why I think he went for the “Tuba” preset, which sounds much more discrete. Of course I wanted to underline the bass line but I realized that too loud would be overpowering all the song, so I tried to find a balance. It’s possible that Chris would like the pedals to sound louder in the album. Unfortunately, the video clip version has bad audio – perhaps a good quality of that mix would be as Chris liked. In any case, the notes are what I hear from that version, so it’s Chris’ choice (discounting any mistake from me). I especially like the B he plays over G major, (1st inversion) which he uses to descend to D, in the final verse – that was mixed out of the album version.
Once again “Play For Chris” is here. The 5th edition is again a very special one. Not only because of a larger number of participants – 26 (!) – but I am sure you will feel it by watching all different contributions, reading the heartfelt text messages displayed, along with so many fantastic performances in various kinds of instruments, recovering Yes classics, or forgotten songs from all Yes’ history. Of course you will also notice the prominent presence of tracks from Chris Squire’s solo album “Fish Out Of Water”.
Many thanks to those involved, for your dedication and initiative, which made “Play for Chris”, yet again, ” the light burning brightly”.
“Maybe there’s another way to do this!” – So here’s Owner Of A Lonely Heart, made with all my basses. Hope it will be fun for your to hear the different tones. Special thanks to Vítor Silva of Mars Picks for the picks!
Celebrating Chris Squire’s 71st birthday.
Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS
Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)
Amp: Ampeg PF-350
Signal path: Bass→Ampeg PF-350→PC