Who here does what?

Who here does what?
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Jack of all trades, master of none here. Typical singer-songwriter I suppose.

Guitar is my main instrument. I guess Neil Young’s kind of (accoustic) guitar playing is what I grew up with more than anything else. Not a very good lead guitarist. I can do some convincing funk guitar (I hope, check my upcoming Funky Fever, if I dare to put it up for bashing). Which leads to the other instrument : drums. I can play them well enough that a band actually wants me to be their drummer, so it can’t be that bad. The band plays at low volume with influences from folk, blues and jazz. To enable playing at reasonable volumes I’ve taken to using a Cajon with a kick pedal (which I play turned round with teh heel of my foot), a high hat and a few cymbals. Quite basic, not too fast or fancy. I’m not recording drums: my studio is quite small and I don’t have enough inputs, so I use Addicitve Drums for that. Sometimes I do record some percussion instruments. I once sang in a professional salsa band for a while (in the days when nobody new what salsa was), until it became too embarrissing to sing in a langauge that I don’t speak… But I learnt a bit about using latin rythms and percussion instruments.

I love bass guitar but find it to be a surprisingly difficult instrument to master. You have to keep it simple but incredibly tight and consistent. Each note counts, no sloppy playing allowed. And that’s what makes it difficult. I’m a bit too sloppy for bass.

Other than that, I play some very basic keyboards (with a lot of editing after tracking), a bit of harmonica and one or two other instruments I have lying around.

Oh, and of course I sing. Do’nt like my voice much, it’s too nasal. And I have never learnt to use it correctly, I tend to force my voice in the higher registers. A handicap in popular music is that I can’t reach that far into those higher registers. No Jimmy Page, or Neil Young for that matter. But I have little trouble with Leonard Cohen. So if you need a bass backing vocal, I’d be glad to help out :wink:


I can so relate to this. I love to play the bass too, and it really is demanding. If it’s not right, the whole song/mix is doomed! I always knew this, of course, but it wasn’t until I started playing bass a few years ago for my home recording that I came to appreciate its role in even more fundamental ways. And it was amazing how quickly I started doing the “chicken neck” move while playing…! Almost immediate…


Absolutely Dave! If I was ever critical of bass guitarits in my past I would publically like to say I’m sorry :innocent:

But you left me behind with the “chicken neck” move. I’m not familiar with the idea, and couln’t find any reference on the internet. I know chickens are able to keep their heads in one position whilst the rest of their body sways in all directions, But how does that relate to playing the bass? Maybe I do it too but not aware of it? Is that like preventing using open strings?


It’s the jerky head-bobbing thing that I see a lot of rock bass players do… the guy who seems to have it down cold is Billy Talbot, from Neil Young’s band Crazy Horse. In the Rust Never Sleeps movie, he is jammin it constantly… I can’t find a good clip on youtube from the film except for this trailer. The link is at 1:03 and momentarily after it starts you’ll see him move across the shot from left to right, chicken-neckin’ it big time…

Soon as I started playing some bass, my head just started doing this involuntarily…!


Now I get it. Its not what you do with your bass, but what you do with your head :beerbanger::beerbanger:
Maybe thats why I suck at playing bass: I just havent got the head bobbing right. :rofl:


Well, it’s certainly required for guitar…


That’s head-banging in slow motion! :grin: It ain’t poultry, it’s Nanderthal. :footprints:


Funny thing about chickens is that everything bobs except the head. Check this out:


It’s poultry in motion.




Bass? What’s that? The messy low end rumble that we usually mix out of metal records? :slight_smile: