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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I announce to my dear friends that I will keep the 2020 special fee of my bass lessons until January 15th 2021, just in case you need ideas for your Christmas gift or for a friend… or if you have a bass oriented New Year’s decision 🙂
If you start the lessons within this period, the fee for you will not be raised afterwards. Of course neither it will for the current students. If you’d like to know more about it please visit my lessons page and read about what I have to offer and some opinions of my current and former students!
This month I bring you one of the happiest moments of this strange year of 2020. I played with my gipsy-jazz / manouche project Djangoland at the wedding ceremony of my former student Catarina. This moment, where the bride sings “La Vie en Rose” really captures the loving atmosphere that we all need to endure through the tough time. Love conquers all and, may I say, Music as well!
Finally, #playforChris6 – is ready! Feel free to share it with your friends or communities.
It was a long journey. Thank you to all participants for the sounds and images you have given me to play with. You don’t know… but I have developed a relationship with each one of you by seeing you and listening to you every day in the past 2 months. You were my band mates, my friends. I felt the love that you have put in your recordings, even those who, previously, were not so emotionally connected to Chris’ music.
Thank you to my Patrons for supporting me financially, for believing that what I do is worth it. Thank you to all my friends who encouraged me and shown me excitement in seeing the final result, as I was describing what I wanted to do.
This is was huge task, something hard to top, as some friends told me. I would like to say that the purpose wasn’t ever to do better than previous editions. It never is about outdoing myself. The only important purpose is to gather Chris’ fans and celebrate his music together, whether we do another one like this or we get back to the original format… or.. who know what might happen… as long as we Play for Chris!
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
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”.
Wishing a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!