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 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.
09/06/2020 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged bass cover, bass lesson, bassline, Chris Squire, Fragile, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Paradriver, Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker 4001CS, Roundabout, Sansamp, Sansamp Bass Driver DI (BDDI), Sansamp Paradriver DI, YES
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.
06/03/2020 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged And You And I, bass, bass cover, bass lesson, bass pedals, bassline, Bill Bruford, Chris Squire, Close to the Edge, Jon Anderson, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Paradriver, Rick Wakeman, Rickenbacker, Rickenbacker 4001CS, Sansamp, Sansamp Paradriver DI, Steve Howe, YES
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.
“Maybe there’s another way to do this!” – So here’s Owner Of A Lonely Heart, made with all my basses. Hope it will be fun for your to hear the different tones. Special thanks to Vítor Silva of Mars Picks for the picks!
To close the year of 2018 I’d like to thank you for your presence and support. It’s great to have gathered to many friends in the page and I hope next year we’ll continue sharing the good vibes! Muito obrigado a todos!
Bass: Rickenbacker 4001CS
Strings: Rotosound Swing Bass RS66LD (45-105, stainless steel)
Preamp: Sansamp Para Driver DI (PDDI)
Signal path: Bass→PDDI→PC
28/12/2018 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged bass cover, bass lesson, bassline, Chris Squire, Fragile, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Rickenbacker 4001CS, Rotosound RS66LD, Sansamp Paradriver DI, We Have Heaven, YES
Our friend Peter Saint-Andre (a.k.a.stpeter) has made several arrangements of Yessongs for solo bass, some of them are available in standard notation at his site. Here’s the link for this and other of Peter’s musical (a)ventures.
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
Last week I had the honour of featuring in one of Kevin Mulryne’s interviews celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Yes Music Podcast. Some topics discussed were my interest in Bulgarian Folklore Music, start of my online bass lessons project and, of course, Yes Music and Chris Squire.
Posted in News
Tagged Angel Dobrev, ARW, Billy Sherwood, Bulgaria, Bulgarian, Bulgarian London Choir, Chris Squire, Cock Robin, Gadulka, Jon Anderson, Kevin Mulryne, Lee Pomeroy, Lou Molino III, Mystery of Bulgarian Voices, odd-time meter, Online Lessons, Rick Wakeman, Trevor Rabin, World Trade, YES, Yes Music Podcast, YMP
Here’s an “oldie” – my second YouTube bass cover, recorded in 2008. I tried to make a remaster out of it, although I don’t have the separate bass track anymore. At least YouTube encoding now is much better. The audio and video quality should have improved a bit overall!
23/07/2016 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged Ampeg SVT-2 PRO, bass cover, bassline, Chris Squire, Fender Jazz Bass, Fiesta Red, Going For The One, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Parallels, YES