Here is the last video for 2020. “The Ancient”, side 3 of Tales From Topographic Oceans. This is probably the first bass cover of this song, at least in YouTube! I also covered Chris’ beautiful vocal harmonies. I hope you enjoy it and wish you all the best for 2021! Thanks for being here.
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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
For over 12 years I have been creating artistic bass cover/tutorial videos, especially Chris Squire bass covers, as well as other related stories, original music and different musical topics content.
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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.
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.
Last December I had the pleasure to perform a free improvisation session with Marcelo dos Reis, on the occasion of the anniversary of Marcelo’s own label Cipsela Records.
Free improvisation is a completely musical ground for me, although I have been regularly participating in some improvised music events, but the challenge is always renewed, especially because this was the first time I ever played with Marcelo – hopefully there will be more!
I announce to my dear friends in the channel that this year I leave my regular job, and dedicate myself to Music in full-time. Therefore I am at your disposal for musical services and of course continuing with the online lessons.
In 2020, the fee for online lessons will drop from 20 Euro (one hour). This will also apply to the current students, of course! Please do check all information at the Online Lessons page. I will be glad to answer your questions by email and help you to accomplish your goals learning the bass.
Thank you and Happy New Year “Hopefully, Eventually”.
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.
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.
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