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<p>&#160;<img src="/images/27701/20181204_204857_1.jpg" alt="" width="334" height="445" /></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>A couple of days ago a friend of mine whom I play guitar with from time to time showed up at my doorstep with a bass guitar in his hand. I asked him what that is about, and he said, "Well, do you want that bass ? I was given it from another guy I know, but since I don't know how to play, I thought you could probably use it. Probably just some cheap old crap, but maybe it sounds ok with some new strings on it."</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Wow.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>The first thing I noticed was the WEIGHT of it. I'm sure more than 10 pounds, that thing is solid and heavy. Then I checked the brand....Lado. Lado ? What the hell is that ? I google'd for a while and found out that this beauty is a hand-made bass by a Canadian guy called Lado from 1981, sold on ebay for as much as......US$ 2'500. Holy shit !</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>I've been trying to play bass on my electric guitar, but slapping on that isn't the real thing. It's fun to play a blues solo and throw in some slaps on the bass strings now and then (I can't play with the pick, so my fingers are free to do that), but that's not playing bass. So I plugged that gem into my guitar amp and WOW. What a sound. I went on Youtube and chose "Another one bites the dust" by Queen for a start on bass lines. Easy. Then I chose Jaco Pastorius and .... erm ... ok. No way to even follow that guy with my eyes !</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>Then, I looked for "bass for beginners" videos, found some and had absolutely NO chance to even repeat anything properly. I mean I know the fretboard pretty good from guitar, but the way to pick the strings on bass - nope.&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>So for the moment I just choose songs and play along to them. It sounds ok, but I know that the technical limit is reached pretty fast. Maybe I should leave the slap technique out and concentrate on 4/4 hard rock and blues. That's no problem.....but as a person which is rhythm focused, that's no fun....</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>But I tell you - when you need to come down from a hard day's work or are on your nerves - start to play bass. You cool down in no time and it's healthier than a downer or even a drink or a reefer.</p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>&#160;</p>


The Burghal Hidage Added Dec 6, 2018 - 12:24pm
Nothing beats a solid bass line :)
Stone-Eater Added Dec 6, 2018 - 12:25pm
Genau ! And it's so much fun, especially for me who likes funk a lot :-)

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