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  1. hello Andy
    I have been listening to you videos, and you have just the tone am looking for, as I my self being a bass player would like to ask you on how I can get such a tone especially playing over songs.everything
    just seems to blend with you meaning the bass standing out and the song just laying there in the background . could you give me tips on settings ,eq’s, recording ,etc am really struggling with my settings.

    Thanks Trevor from Amsterdam

    1. Hi Trevor, many thanks for getting in touch and for the kind words.

      I think it all starts with the instrument and how it is set up. I have all my basses set up with low action and by someone that really knows what they are doing. I use Ken Smith strings on all my basses as I find them to be well balanced and have longer life than some other brands.
      As far as playing goes I try to relax as much as possible and play with a relatively light touch in the right hand, even when playing slap technique.
      I record my bass using an inexpensive audio interface – Focusrite 2i4 (There a newer versions which will be even better!) and I use Logic Pro X software.
      Once I am happy with a take (sometimes it’s 3,4 or 5 attempts!) I then set about getting the levels I want. So…

      Compression: I’m not a big fan of compression generally but a little bit goes a long way for bass! I use the Waves plug-ins and pick a compressor from there to add to the bass channel. Just the smallest amount can help tighten up the sound a little and there are some great presets to start with. I sometimes have a slightly stronger compression setting for slap technique to help tame the spike’s.

      EQ: Most of the time I roll of all frequencies below 50hz to get rid of very low rumble that can muddy the sound a bit. I have a +2db boost at 100hz, -3db around 1-2k, and +4db boost around 6-8k for the ‘sparkle’. I roll off everything above 10k to avoid a ‘glassy’ tone. Again, these settings can change between basses and bass tone settings and also technique being used, but it’s a reasonable place to start.

      If you want to email me directly I can share screen shots of settings if it helps..

      Thanks again Trevor

      1. Hi Andy
        Thanks for your quick response !
        and yes I would really appreciate it if you could share screen shots of your settings. I was looking at the WAVES plugin website and saw that there are loads of them WITH ONE DO YOU USE?.and last what is your email address so I can email you directly and perhaps send you some of my screenshot settings. Have a great day .Trevor

        1. Hi Trevor

          Have emailed you directly with some suggestions..

          Andy

  2. Hello Andy,

    Thank you so much for your great Bass playing, you play wonderfully especially the R & B soulful funk! I ‘am a newbie at this, I just picked up playing Bass guitar and bought a (4 string)Toby by Tobias this passed July , and enjoying it a lot. I am curious to know if you do Tabs on music people request? The reason for my question is because there is a song on Youtube: J-Louis – Before You (Rachel Foxx Flip)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wTM_6jS4Ilg

    The song is 3:11 Minutes long but the bass playing starts at 40 sec. into the song and lasts for just a minute, but that riff to me is insane!! I’ve tried to make out what the tabs are with no success.

    I just wanted to know if you can decode into tabs?

    Let me know if you do and how much?

    M. Marquis
    Austin, Texas

    1. Hi Millie, thanks for getting in touch and for the kind words!

      Great that you have picked up the bass and that you are enjoying the journey so far. Yes I can score songs by request so will have a listen to the link you have provided and let you know a time frame/cost of getting this done. In response to your other message ‘Midas Touch’ should now be available for free download. I will email you separately about your request later on..

      Thanks again for your support

      Andy

  3. Hi Andy,

    Recently discovered your channel and store. Your covers and transcriptions are first rate. Awesome playing and accurate transcriptions. Are you familiar with the song “It’s In The Way That You Use It” by Eric Clapton. Such an awesome bassline by Laurence Cottle, I’m shocked that no one has done a tutorial on YouTube or a transcription. Would you be interested in transcribing this? If it’s not something that you would do for your normal channel, how much would you charge to do a transcription for me?

    Cheers!

    Eric

    1. Hi Eric

      Many thanks for getting in touch and for the kind words! I hadn’t come across the Eric Clapton tune before but the bass work sounds superb. Laurence Cottle is one of the finest bass players and arrangers I’ve ever heard so it’s no wonder it sounds so good! I can certainly have a go at transcribing it and will email you directly about a price.

      Thanks again for your support Eric

      Andy

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