Horace Panter: Art of Bass

Horace Panter is a creative everyman, holding down effortless ska bass-lines with the Specials and compiling a book of his artworks. Joel McIver meets him.

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Chasing the shadow of the Funk Machine

Documentary maker Paul Crutcher is on the hunt to find James Jamerson’s ‘Funk Machine’ Fender Precision. He tells Ben Cooper that he’s closing in on the prize.

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Cage the Gods’ Mitch Witham reveals his bass deities

In the studio, I try to get quite an aggressive tone by digging into the strings with a pick – gives it a nice bit of attack!

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Richard Turner of Blackberry Smoke checks in

In my head, my tiny brain only really wants two strings: the E for bass lines and the A for soloing – that’s really all that’s required

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Krankschaft’s Alex Tsentides runs the rule over his bass career

I would describe my bass style as somewhere around John Entwistle and Geezer Butler, with lots of finger-picking and quite busy in places, but also using a pick when required

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Brendan Duff of Fissure cracks open his bass book

I would describe my bass style as fast and noisy. I do not play five- or six-string bass, because if I wanted any more than four I would play guitar

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Byron Lutiers’ bass basics

Byron Lutiers from the John Butler Trio discusses his bass basics

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Mark Round’s bass Birthrite

I would describe my bass style as fast finger plucking style. It’s funk-influenced, but I love the heavy dirt and darkness of valve

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