Jeff Buckley – ‘Lover, You Should’ve Come Over’ 3x bass cover

The other week I had a bit of free time, so I had a go at something a bit different. Is 3 basses too many?!

I was borderline obsessed with the album Grace when I was a teenager, and this tune has some beautiful changes. I actually came up with the chordal part (as played by the bass on the left) a few years ago, but wasn’t satisfied with how it sounded on its own. I’ve previously done solo bass arrangements with vocalists and other instrumentalists, but this time I decided to make it challenging in a different way.

The stompbox and the foot tambourine were relatively last-minute additions to the arrangement. I had planned to try playing both at once, either whilst playing the harmony part or the upright, but decided to split them between the two to save my brain too much work!

This is also the first time I’ve recorded a video on upright bass, despite having owned one for 4 years. I’m still nowhere near the standard I’d like to be, but it’s such a demanding instrument, so progress is slow. Watching the video shows me just how dodgy my technique is too – something else to work on!

Another learning curve was the video edit. I’d not tried making a composite shot before, apart from some brief tests when preparing for this shoot last week. It’s pretty basic stuff if you’re a proper video editor, but nonetheless it took me a while to figure out how to blend the 3 shots together. Turns out ‘garbage mattes’ are useful!

Hope you enjoy this one. It was fun to put together!

Lasperanza – ‘Seeds’

I mentioned Seeds by Lasperanza a little while back. It’s out everywhere now! Thanks again to Rico for having me on board. I played bass on ‘Working Day and Night’ and ‘One Minute From Love’. The whole album is a stonker though! Get it from all good stores via the Lasperanza site, or listen below:

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Goodfoot – ‘Love Come Down’ (live at Abbey Road*)

*One of the smaller studios. We’re not big-time yet.

Enjoy this live session Goodfoot recorded a few months back. It’s one of our original tunes this time – in fact, the first song Danny & I wrote together!

I also mixed the audio and edited the video. We only had 3 static angles on the day – we should have had 4 but I forgot my GoPro – so I had to get creative.

Thanks to James Dickson for having us and engineering the session! And it goes without saying, we love our amazing live band.

This is the title track from our new EP. Get it here!

Patrice Rushen – ‘Music of the Earth’ bass playalong

Another video with the Hayman 40/40! It’s Patrice Rushen, so the original bass player can be none other than ‘Ready’ Freddie Washington.

Signal chain for those interested:

  • Hayman 40/40 bass, neck pickup
  • Origin Effects Cali76 compressor
  • Noble preamp (low cut on)
  • Vanderkley Aurora + 112MNT (for monitoring only in this case)
  • Vulf compressor
  • EQ cut at around 130Hz

Any requests for playalongs? Let me know in the comments below. ↓