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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
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
Last June, I had the honour of participating on the Improvised Music Festival MIA, in Atouguia da Baleia. This was the 3rd edition.
For those who are interested to know more about this festival, I leave here some links:
Posted in Improvised Music, News
Tagged 2012, Atouguia da Baleia, Carlos Zíngaro, contrabaixo, double-bass, doublebass, improvisation, improvised music, MIA, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Peniche
Chris originally played this on his Lakland bass (tuned Eb Ab Db Gb).
I used my Fender Jazz Bass.
Bass: 1972 Fender Jazz Bass, Fiesta Red, Badass II bridge
Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)
Amp emulator: Ampeg SVX
Signal path: Bass→PC→Ampeg SVX
I’m starting using Soundcloud. I thought this could work as an audio scrapbook where I will make some experiments and store any ideas that will arise. Something to share quicker without having to build a video clip.
The first entry is an improvisation using the Zon Sonus 8-string bass. Just exploring the natural timbre of the bass, without any effects or amp simulators. I just enjoyed the “echoes” that I can hear vibrating inside, enhanced by the long sustain that this bass provides. This can be felt even with the bass unplugged – it would be interesting to hear it acoustic, captured by an external microphone… Hope you enjoy it!
Some really nice photos and a review from the entire show can be found at “arte-factos” website.
It was fun – we did have a great time despite all the usual “stresses”. Thanks for your support!
On January 18, I will play with Lulas Belhas in Lisboa, at the Santiago Alquimista, opening for Swedish act “No fun At All”.