BASS // COMPOSITION // RECORDING // TEACHING
On this page I will share some of my thoughts on playing electric bass, as well as creating bass lines and recording electric bass. I will also talk a little about some of my great sources of inspiration within this instrument.
BASS TALK 29.12.2020.
I have always felt that it was important to add a little extra vitality to a teaching situation, and it has therefore been some extra fun for me to bring the bass, my main instrument into play every time I have seen an opportunity for it. I actually started my career as a music educator in the now defunct Højby Beboerskole as a bass teacher and a band doctor. The job interview was quite short: Do you read music? Yes, I answered and since then I have worked as a teacher in many different contexts. One of the first things I noticed as a teacher was the fact that you have to develop an ability to analyze your own game in order to pass it on to others. It was a big eye opener for me back then. I have always loved teaching bass students because I share the students' passion for the instrument and the music in general. At the moment I am teaching a few students at Langelands Efterskole and it's just a lot of fun to be back in the role where it all started back in the early 1990s. Recently, I even did a bass quiz as a kind of fun happening for the students at Langelands Efterskole. There's a small clip below:
CLICK ON THE LOWER RIGHT CORNER OF THE VIDEO IF THE SOUND IS MISSING!
Bass Talk - 19.03.17
Hey guys! I'm back with some bass talk! As I mentioned in the previous bass talk, I'm getting ready to track some bass for the upcoming album with The Sonic Flow. I'm quite fond of the recording settings that I talked about in the previous bass talk. The first idea that I'm trying out for the new album is a slap bass thing, for that I would like to record with my Sandberg California TT4 '08 (Hardcore Aged Fiasta Red) in order to get that punchy deep end and the clarity treble from the build in pre-amp. Unfortunately I was having some trouble with the electronics of the bass. So I called the guys at Hansen Guitars . These guys just know how to set up your instrument. Heres a couple of photos showing the talented technician Claus Holm Jensen working on my bass. Just got it back and it sounds awesome!
Bass Talk - 24.02.17
In this first Bass Talk I would like to discuss some off the possibilities when it comes to recording the electric bass.
I'm going to use the track 'Make It Happen' from 'Un Poco Stereophony' as an example to talk about bass recording. This is going to be pretty nerdy so hang in there ;-)
This track just kind of developed from the bassline. I was just having fun with this groove idea and then months later I decided to finish the track for the EP. By then I had already recorded all the bass parts of the tune with a mic setup. I might have been using my Fender American Series Jazz Bass '06 with S-1 switch (normally turned on) rosewood neck (3-color sunburst) even though I use my Sandberg California TT4 '08 (Hardcore Aged Fiasta Red) in the video version of 'Make It Happen'. In the first place the track was recorded with a mic on my Marshall 7041 bass cab with 4x10 speakers using a Gallien Krueger MB 1001 RB 2 head. I tried the Shure PG52 mic and the AKG 2000c mic but I found them both to beefy to work with in the mix, even though these mic's are great for other purposes. Instead I ended up using the classic Shure SM57 mic. That mic actually captures a whole lot of bass while still keeping a nice midrange of the bass. In my view there are some pros and cons on the question of whether miking bass amps or recording straight into the board. The mic thing actually gave some life an action to the slap thing in this tune but for other purposes the straight into board recording is more easy to define in the mix.
Later on I developed the idea about the bass playing along with the sax and the guitar on the second theme. This new theme I recorded straight into the 3rd generation Mbok via PreSonus BlueTube DP V2: 2-channel, dual-path mic / instrument preamp. This was done with my Fender American Professional Jazz Bass '11 with maple neck (Charcoal Frost Metallic). This bass has a very beautiful singing tone with a warm punchy feeling from the maple neck.
For the upcoming recordings I'm using my Gallien Krueger MB 1001 RB 2 head as preamp. There's a balanced direct out signal on the front of the amp and I pushed the post EQ bottom to get the EQ settings recoded along with the bass signal. After that I go into the BlueTube DP V2 to get the warmth from the tubes and then straight into the 3rd generation Mbox. I think that's going to work out on the new recordings. Anyway I'll let you know what I think when I'm done with the next recordings.
My advice when it comes to recording bass would be: Experiment with different mic's and recording settings until you find the solution that you like, and the solution that supports the music you are recording.
I hope you enjoyed this first bass talk. New bass talks will be coming up!
All the best
My recording chain:
Gallien Krueger MB 1001 RB2, PreSonus BlueTube DP V2 & 3rd generation Mbox.