Dear friends, here is my cover for part ii of Fly From Here – Sad Night at the Airfield.
For this track I had to use my 5 string Warwick.
Interesting fact that Chris’ Tobias has an extended range not only low-wise but also high. That repetitive high F sharp that Chris plays on his first (D) string corresponds to a 27th fret! Even my Warwick has “only” 26 so I played it on the G string.
I really like this bassline. Many details and slight nuances are hidden because of the kind of mixing that was made on this track. I hope that I didn’t miss too many… and that you will hear better how Chris thought of the different passages on an apparently simple chord progression.
Then there is that middle bass solo with a Chorus effect , almost sounding like a “detuned” vibrato.
Other interesting aspect that I found was the amount of editing that was made possibly by Trevor Horn. I tried to illustrate with the video what I perceived from that post-editing. Not like common “rock” productions – It seems that bass notes are chopped and used elsewhere without necessarily wanting to “disguise” so nobody notices it. In other styles this is very common to do… Trevor Horn maybe was here responsible for this editing. I think it suits very well the album concept… it’s not too different of what they did with Close to the Edge, only with new technology and musical context.
Well I hope you enjoy the clip. Happy Easter to all.
08/04/2012 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 2012, Alan White, bartolini, Bass Driver, BDDI, Benoît David, Chris Squire, Fly From Here, Geoff Downes, Jon Davison, Sad Night at the Airfield, Sansamp, Steve Howe, Thumb bass, tour, Trevor Horn, Warwick, YES
It will be a good 2012! Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year. Miguel
28/12/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged bass, bass cover, bassline, Chris Squire, eight-string, It Will Be a Good Day, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, Sonus 8, The Ladder, YES, Zon
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
Celebrating the NEW YES ALBUM IN 2011!! *** now available worldwide ***
13/07/2011 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 2011, 4001, 4001CS, Alan White, bass, bass cover, bass pedals, bassline, Benoît David, Chris Squire, Fly From Here, Geoff Downes, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, pedals, Rickenbacker, Steve Howe, Taurus, Trevor Horn, We Can Fly, 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
This is an old cover from 2001 where I added some non-bass parts played on the bass, to fill in for “Disillusion” and the guitar intro of Würm. The tremolo effect is a Boss TR-2 pedal, while the final fuzz was done with the multi-effects Boss ME-8B, along with it’s octave effect at the very end. The transcription is another kind contribution from Simon Gilman. Hope you enjoy it!
Download the transcription here.
10/07/2010 in Chris Squire bass covers
Tagged 4001, 4001CS, bass, bass cover, Bass Driver, bassline, boss, Chris Squire, DI, Disillusion, electric bass, Falcão, fuzz, Life Seeker, ME-8B, Miguel, Miguel Falcão, miguelbass, octave, octaver, Rickenbacker, Sansamp, Simon Gilman, Squire, Starship Trooper, The Yes Album, TR-2, Transcription, tremolo, Würm, YES