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Sir, you need to calm down – Live with Paul Gilbert

Here’s one more beautiful memory of the Masterclass show with the fabulous PAUL GILBERT. “Sir, you need to calm down”, a track from his latest album “Behold Electric Guitar”. With the great Sérgio Marques on drums and your bass player, on April 12th, at my city – Coimbra.

Once again, my gratitude to Marco Matos of Virtuosos da Guitarra for the invitation to play for one of the greatest guitar players in the world.

You can watch the previously released post, with more videos from this show.

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A night with Paul Gilbert

On April 12th, I had the great privilege to play for Paul Gilbert, at the occasion of his Masterclass show, in my hometown, Coimbra.  In fact, it all started two months before, when I was invited for the event and began learning all the material: 10 songs, including rock classics from The Beatles, Gary Moore, Scorpions, among others. Paul Gilbert also sent three original songs from his new album “Behold Electric Guitar”.

I would like to thank Paul Gilbert for this incredible opportunity to play and meet in person one of the greatest rock guitarists.

I would also like to express my gratitude to Marco Matos of Virtuosos da Guitarra for the invitation and my partner in crime Sérgio Marques, on drums, who did a terrific job and was a joy to work with, throughout the rehearsals we did together. Finally, to Américo Silva and his team at Music Light, for the excellent sound and stage work.

Below are some of the songs from this memorable show, which I hope you will enjoy watching!

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

This week I started to put some bass tracks with my friends of Lulas Belhas. As this year I haven’t made any special Christmas video, I post here Lulas Belhas’ Christmas message (in Portuguese).

Of course you can still re-visit some of my previous Christmas clips, such as Run With The Fox, Personent Hodie or Silent Night.

I would like to wish to all friends throughout the internet Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hoping all the best for 2015!

Thank you, as always, for being here!

Miguel

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Can’t Fight This Feeling

And now for something completely different… It’s… one of my ever favourite basslines, played by REO Speedwagon’s Bruce Hall.

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Panda Pompoir CD

During the two last years I collaborated with Panda Pompoir, a band from Coimbra, my city. The CD was finally released. Most of the tracks are sung in Portuguese with a pseudo-Brazilian accent. I used the Fender Precision for the whole album, the Moog Taurus plugin in one track, as well as the some of keyboards and backing vocals. This CD, with the distinctive artwork of João Pombeiro is now available, so in case you’re interested just let me know. Thanks for listening!

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September Gurls

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.

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Between the Two

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!