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London Bass Guitar Show 2014

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The London Bass Guitar Show took place in association with BGM on 1 and 2 March and was, if anything, even more of an event than last year’s runaway success. Will the halls of Olympia ever recover? Saturday 1st March

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Bassically speaking: Rick Barrio Dill, Vintage Trouble

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In Vintage Trouble, I love the simplicity of where we collectively come from. We lean back towards a time in music in the 1950s and early 1960s where the equipment was still fairly basic and the songwriting and the passion

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Bassically speaking: Andy Warr, Iron Tongue

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I try to play to suit the band I am playing with at the moment, but most of the folks that I play with say that it sounds like I am using my fingers, but I actually use a pick.

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Bassically speaking: Kaveh Rastegar, Kneebody

I don’t play a six-string bass because I love the bass. I love where it sits in the mix and I already play guitar/baritone guitar. I love slapping. Why wouldn’t you like slapping? Have you ever heard ‘Hair’ by Graham

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Bassically speaking: Simone Masina, Muppets

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I like to play in the deep end, in an unrelenting counterpoint with the vocals, probably because of my classical music background. I usually play five-string bass, because I really love the powerful sound of the B string. The secret

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Bassically speaking: Dan Browning, Cave

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Top bass player, Dan Browning, tells us what what he does in less time than it takes to tune up

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Bassically speaking: Nick Latham

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When I’m writing songs I tend to like playing root notes and adding melodies over the top. I have two five-string basses; one strung B-G and one E-C. I like the powerful low notes of the B string, and I

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Bassically speaking: Derek Boyer, Suffocation

I take a very different approach to death metal bass playing than most of the players around me. I’m a finger player, and I’m not just there to fill in the bottom of a mix or play guitar on a

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As Jeff: additional strings and musical ability

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Hi Jeff, I’m enjoying your column very much and I thought I’d throw a question at you that has bothered me all my bass-playing life. How much does musical ability come from within and how much is it gained from

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Bassiaclly speaking: George Giourgis, Entropy

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I would describe my bass style as loud and aggressive. I play a five-string because it’s near impossible to play our songs with four. I do not slap because I leave that to guys who can make it sound good.

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