The magic of the single note!

I remember several years ago when teaching a young Bass student, introducing him to the “Magic of the single note” when playing in 3/4 time. He didn’t get it!
He couldn’t understand that one note played with the right dynamic, length and feel was far better for the waltz than many and that it would swing, anyone who dances will know exactly what I mean.
I tried to tell him that most of the time less is more and the role of the Bassist is to provide the foundation and swing in the song…..he still didn’t get it!

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The chosen path!

“The Foremost” were the first band I ever saw play live at a Parish social in St.John’s church hall in Sligo, so it’s all their fault 🙂

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Photo courtesy of Liam Gilmartin

No hair dye……honestly!

A daytime TV show with a band I was in a loooong time ago. Guess the decade 🙂

To hell with the groove, play more solos!

My favourite band announcement was a good few years ago whilst playing at a dance in a (now closed) well known dancehall in Manchester.
At the end of the evening, after quickstepping, waltzing and foxtrot ting our little hearts out for three hours ,the owner came on stage and said how great it was to hear such a great singer singing the lovely Irish songs reminding them of how lovely Ireland was….and how about the amazing drummer, the great solos, the solos and let’s hear it for the lead man (that would be the lead guitar player)…..the mighty solos, wasn’t he amazing at the solos….there followed a moment of silence…… Followed by……..Oh, and the other lads as well!
So the moral of the story is, if you are the Bass player, or rhythm gtr player, and you want to be noticed…… “TO HELL WITH THE GROOVE, PLAY SOLOS”.