Sunday Morning Blues (of a bass player)

Just recorded a simple one man session in A minor:

The piano and drums are the Calf Fluidsynth, the effect on the bass solo is the Calf Vintage Delay. Recording was done in Ardour. No further mixing and mastering, just a simple and direct export to the .ogg file here.

The bass (2 tracks) is my Fender Squier Vintage Modified Precision Bass Fretless, directly into my Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 (2nd gen) USB audio interface (to which I also connected my MIDI keyboard to record piano & drums).

Enjoy. And thanks for listening.

Auf Deutsch: Workshop – Die komplette DAW fürs Mini-Budget – aktualisiert für 2017

Im deutschsprachigen Musiker Board hat der User @mk1967 – ein wohl professioneller Radiomacher aus Krefeld – einen wie ich finde ganz hervorragenden Workshop bezüglich Tonstudio in Linux veröffentlicht. Den hab ich auch im ebenfalls deutschsprachigen Forum hier weiter verlinkt.

Also für Alle die des Deutschen mächtig sind und die sich für eine quasi kostenlose Aufnahmemöglichkeit mit dem eigenen Computer interessieren – absolut lesenswert!

Danke für’s Lesen.


I was looking up some things in the forums, and also some of the test sites for musicians, so I first stumbled upon Vulfpeck (“Mit Peck”, like they called their first album) here on the German-speaking Bonedo site. And wow, indeed their bass player Joe Dart really is “Beastly” (the opening track of their first album “Mit Peck”)!

Here’s one track from their latest album “The beautiful game” – this one is called “Aunt Leslie”:

And here’s another one, called “Dean Town”:

But if you want to see (and hear) Joe, look at this:

If you want to hear more, then almost everything is available on Youtube – just look at their website for more information. If you want to buy something, they’re on bandcamp as well; two of their tracks (including the quite impressive “Beastly”) are even available as multitrack records if you want to mix and/or play along yourself – cool! Also look on their Youtube channel which has some quite funny and interesting things as well.

This is some very professionally played 60s and 70s soul & funk, and these guys groove like hell, tho they weren’t even born yet during the time of their musical style. So if Snarky Puppy is a bit too demanding, maybe this is easier to digest (and to dance to; can hardly keep my feet still when listening to this).

Meanwhile, I’m practising playing my bass ( a picture of which has been in my last blog post). And I’m also learning some cool new (and free and open source) stuff, like for instance rakarrack. Having a wonderful time.

Thanks for reading.

A picture of my newest toy

I finally took a photo of my new bass guitar, in its case which arrived two days ago (they didn’t have it in the store, so I had to order that online). Here it is:


Squier (by Fender) VM Precision Bass Fretless

Ok; now I’m going to use it again on the collaboration I mentioned in my last blog post.

Thanks for viewing & reading.

Collaboration: jam112, by jonetsu / nominal6

Here’s a very nice ambient piece by nominal6 (on Soundcloud) / jonetsu (on LinuxMusicians):

In this LinuxMusicians forum entry, jonetsu asked for a collaboration on it, so I played the original bass line on my fretless, and gave it back via dropbox.

And since it’s under a Creative Commons Licence, I can share the result here as well:

Glad to be a working bass player again. This is fun. Here’s a screenshot from our virtual jam session (only my desktop, but you’ll get the idea):

Thanks for reading, and for listening.

Update, from Sunday 2:34 (am) local time:

I’ve updated my contribution with a newer file. It’s work-in-progress, as the piece is far from being ready. Just ideas collecting as far as I can see… anyway, still thanks for reading, and for listening.

Recommended: Scott’s Bass Lessons

From time to time I unsubscribe from all Youtube channels (except my wife’s of course). But now that I bought a bass, I re-subscribed to Scott Devine, who can be found here:

Here’s an interview with him:

Thinking of also joining his academy for 14$/month – that’s way cheaper than any real music school, and after my 35-year- (or so) hiatus, I probably need something like proper training.

Here’s the first freebie of his which I found interesting enough:

So I went and subscribed to his website for free, and downloaded the backing track to that lesson. It came as an .mp3 file recorded with a sample rate of 44.1kHz, so I had to convert it (using Audacity) to 48kHz and a .wav file to have Ardour accept it with my current settings.

Then I followed his advice about first playing root notes (and fifths) only – still made some “errors” (like playing the 6 on a 5 chord, or an ‘a’ instead of a ‘g’), but it’s still fun to have a nicely played II-V-I chord progression. Will keep my busy for some time, until my fingers get used to the quite high string tension of those Fender® USA Bass 7250ML, NPS, (.045-.100 Gauges) roundwound strings (as listed on the instrument’s page).

So here’s my first attempt on it:

Oh, and to another problem I’ve had until a few minutes ago:

Couldn’t upload .ogg files, or .wav, the only file type which worked in the past was .mp3. Which seemed a bit strange for a free software package like WordPress, because if one of these formats isn’t a “free” one, then it’s .mp3. So I searched around for the error message on their site, and found this new plugin which isn’t integrated yet into the current 4.8 version of WordPress. “Lord of the Files: Enhanced Upload Security“, what a cool name! Of course I thanked the developers, and gave proper feedback (which is the least I could do)…

Anyway. As always, thanks for reading, viewing, and/or listening!