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’s a remastered version of New State of Mind, that I originally did in 2010.
31/01/2017 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, 5-string, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Billy Sherwood, Chris Squire, DI, electric bass, Falcão, HD Remaster, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, New State of Mind, Open Your Eyes, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Squire, Thumb, Warwick, YES
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
For professional reasons I have had little time to make a brand new clip, so I recycled an old bassline recording of mine. November is coming – Happy 40th birthday “Fragile”!!
23/10/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire, DI, electric bass, Falcão, Fragile, Jon Anderson, Long Distance Runaround, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Rick Wakeman, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Squire, Steve Howe, YES
Here’s a song I made for Chris, called… “For Chris”! Happy Birthday to You!
Posted in Solo
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, Bass Driver, Chris Squire, DI, electric bass, Falcão, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, moog, pedals, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Squire, Taurus, YES
Hello everyone and happy new belated 2011!
I added the pdf files for Tempus Fugit, Heart of the Sunrise, Siberian Khatru and In the Presence of.
Just click on the links and you will be directed to the original post, now updated with the respective files.
Posted in Chris Squire bass covers, News
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, Chris Squire, Close to the Edge, Drama, electric bass, Falcão, Fragile, Heart of the Sunrise, In the Presence of, Magnification, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Siberian Khatru, Squire, standard notation, Tempus Fugit, Transcription, YES
This is an original song I made over the last weeks that I would like to share with you. Hope you enjoy. Thanks for sticking around! Miguel
The idea started while trying to make another (yet unfinished) song. I thought it was getting too complicated and took on some accidental playing on my guitar. I found the riff ok and thought it could be the base for something simpler where I could work out an arrangement with all instruments, as to prepare myself for finishing the first song.
Anyway ideas started flowing and it ended up a bit more extended than I initially wanted. The basslines (intro and pre and post solo) were made up a bit after, while I was having fun experimenting with a demo of the Ampeg SVX plugin.
Then the drums – I wanted to find something that would make it sound simple (in spite of having to deal with some odd meter – a blend of 7/8 with 4/4) – and anyway, something I would be able to play by myself. Then the middle sections came about while I was inspired to write some lyrics.
The choral section is a four-part harmony (2 tracks for each voice) that starts – intentionally – very “Bulgarian” and ends up a bit more CS&N (that’s a nice combination :) as to make a passage to the acoustic guitar section and the main poem that I wrote with my dad’s old Ramirez – still sounds incredible. Some more arrangements were made by then, especially the double-bass parts.
Finally the second harmony part, probably the most difficult bit, because my idea was to link to the finale that was already made. Again a four-part harmony but a different one, that finally melts with the kind of repetitions towards the end. The bass solo was the last thing to be thought of.
Well that’s part of my memory description for this song. Most important is that it’s ready now and I can present it to you!
Thanks for watching!
23/11/2010 in Solo
Tagged 2010, 360, 4001, 4001CS, Ampeg SVX, bass, bassline, Bulgarian, Chris Squire, contrabaixo, CSN, doublebass, България, electric bass, Falcão, fireglo, guitar, harmony, Jose Ramirez, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Practice Versus Perfect, Rickenbacker, roland TD-9, Squire, vocal harmonies, YES
This clip includes the same audio that I recorded in 2008. The bass audio production was improved and slightly over-mixed to make it more audible. Youtube’s audio compression is much better than 2 years ago and that largely improved the results. Thank you very much Simon Gilman for another excellent contribution with the transcription!
Download the transcription here.
29/07/2010 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, bass cover, bass score, bassline, Chris Squire, DI, electric bass, Falcão, Fish Out Of Water, Hold Out Your Hand, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Simon Gilman, Squire, standard notation, Transcription, YES, You By My Side