Robert Harper talks bass

robert harper

Mine is a highly charged, improvisational style, with an aggressive attack while laying down solid funky bass lines. I play five- and six-string bass, because on a five-string you can play some low notes that only synthesisers could do previously, and on a six-string I love playing chordal compositions. I slap, because that’s what speaks to my heart and soul the most: slap also grabs the attention of a live audience quicker! My first bass was one which my late grandmother purchased for me from a pawn shop. It was a cherry sunburst colour, had these neat pickup selector switches,and a very distinctive chrome-plated pickguard. There was no name on it, but it served its purpose during my early years of learning how to play bass. My favourite bass ever to date is the Schecter Hellraiser Extreme – remarkable instruments of tone and quality. My bass heroes are Bootsy Collins, Louis Johnson, Larry Graham, Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten, and Stanley Clarke. If I could get the bass tone of any album ever released, I would choose Marcus Miller’s Silver Rain: his tone on every note he hits is right on the money, whether it be his slapping or fingerstyle approach. I seek to hear the bass in different sound spectrums, so I have a huge pedalboard with over 15 different effects pedals on it, thanks to my sponsor Morley Pedals, who take good care of me.
Basses Schecter Hellraiser Extreme, Blackjack ATX, Diamond Custom P, Baron
Effects Morley TM Stevens Fonk Wah, Optical Volume, Gas Station, Quad Box, Steve Vai Liberty Wah, Buffer Boost, Accu-Tuner, Hum Eliminator, 6-in-1 Cable Tester, Kiko Loureiro Distortion/Wah/Volume, FX Blender.
Amps David Nordaschow DNA 1350 head and 4×10” cabs

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