Dear friends. After the “Sort-of-tutorial” videos that I published recently, I have been receiving requests to give classes online. I do have experience to teach in music schools and I am currently gathering the necessary gear and information to be able to teach bass lessons by Skype.
I intend to start with this project by September. Hopefully it will provide a chance for me to share my experience as a bass player in general terms and, in particular, what I have been learning through almost 30 years of studying and playing the work of Chris Squire.
I would love to hear your feedback about this, whether you are interesting in learning bass or if you had experiences with online lessons either as a student or teacher, so please post your comments or email me.
Stay tuned for more updates.
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!
Dear Friends, the second edition of “Play For Chris” is open to all who wish to join in a demonstration of thankfulness, remembering and celebrating the life and music of Chris Squire. Here’s how you can participate:
1 – Record a video of yourself singing or playing your instrument of choice, preferably something from Chris or Yes’ catalogue. Please act especially for this occasion. Do something now – in the Present – rather than using previously produced material – Play for Chris!
2 – Include a text message about your feelings for Chris, what his music means
to you. The text will be displayed along with your video.
If you don’t play or sing at all you may still participate by sending a video of yourself speaking, with a message stating your feelings for Chris.
Optionally you may send graphical content such as a drawing, painting or photo
composition about or dedicated to Chris.You can include the text message to be displayed along with the image.
3-Send your files to me (email@example.com) by the method you prefer, just let me know. The limit date is the 30th of April 2016. Please try to keep your contributions up to 90 seconds and allow me to edit them, if needed, in order to fit all contributions in one clip, and as evenly as possible.
Let’s keep celebrating Chris’ music here on earth and, as the name says,
to keep playing for 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
For over a year I’m teaming up with fellow bass players Alvaro Rosso and José Miguel Pereira in a double-bass trio format – Basso3 (facebook page)
Since around 2009 I have started to experiment with other musicians from the improvisation field, in particular participating on the MIA encounters and more recently at the MEIA festival in Aveiro. It was precisely on the opening edition of this event that the concert now registered in the shape of an album took place, in a brilliant effort by the Pássaro Vago label.
The album is on free streaming but the CD may also be purchased at Pássaro Vago’s bancamp page.
I hope these new sounds will capture your imagination!
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