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

tsentides001I 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. I do not play five- or six-string bass, because four is enough trouble. Always happy to de-tune as necessary, or revert to guitar or bouzouki. I do not slap, because it’s not really a style used much in the various genres of music I find myself playing. There’s also the fact that I haven’t really been able to master slap style, although I’d love to be able to do it.

The secret of playing bass well is sitting in the groove, not being too busy, listening to what’s going on and not being afraid of being melodic, all of which I’m trying to master continuously. I never cease to feel like an imposter. My favourite bass ever to date is still my Rickenbacker 4001, sentimental sod that I am.

My bass heroes are John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorius, James Jamerson, John Paul Jones, John Deacon, Norman Watt-Roy, Lemmy, Geddy Lee, Chris Squire, Mike Rutherford, Mike Howlett, Keith Missile, Sting, Roly Wynne, Terry Pack, Marcus Miller, Larry Graham, Donald ‘Duck’ Dunn… the list goes on, but the name at the top of the list has to be Laurie Dalziel, the man who inspired me to pick up a bass in the first place.

The greatest bassist ever for me has to be John Deacon: he wove some fantastic melodic lines through Queen’s work while remaining Mr Understated personified. He also wrote one of my favourite songs of all time, ‘You’re My Best Friend’. www.doremi.co.uk/krankschaft

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