Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Dep gig!

Well now. Resurrection was always intended as a blog detailing how you can regain faith in musicians and making music with others. And the gig I've just got at the weekend is a great example of how it can happen.

You just have to put yourself out there, literally and figuratively.


These guys make some great classic blues - the vocalists (Liam Barnes and Heather Leoni) have the perfect voices for the job. And they both happen to be people who come down to the jam nights in Reading which I decided to start visiting last summer. What a year it's been since then - I play more music now than ever: I'm truly grateful to everybody who I've met and had the pleasure to create some noises with. A lot of great pictures are stored in the iCloud of my head!

So this Saturday, check out the beer festival in Caversham - it's a great event anyway, but Outlaw's music is beer festival gold, suitable! We're on around 7:45pm through to 8:45.

The only requirement is to be a hoopin' and a hollerin' like an ole boy. Stomp like you ain't got your shoes fixed!

Also, I get some Rhythm section time in with the excellent Rob McGregor again. Sweetness!

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Muso DIY - show your Bass some love!

I've had a good couple of weeks for long-standing jobs on basses which I've put off for a long time: First, I fixed up the Crafter BA-400 acoustic bass using new brass sting pegs and a new nut from Strings Unlimited - this bass is well built, but basically all the hardware on it was awful: I've replaced the tuners with Warwick ones (in the original silver, natch), and now I've replaced the string retaining pegs with brass "Pinz" (nice mother of pearl tops), and the nut: anything original which held the strings apart from the bridge (hope that holds) has decided to crap out.

Additionally my fretless has had a buzz at the 9th fret for a long time - I know fretless are meant to buzz, but this was an unpleasant out of character "rasp". I've spent maybe half an hour on the fretboard with 400 and 600 wet and dry paper, flattening out the dead spot, and it's worked! Just used the excellent fretboard oil I got from Rikkers and the ebony board has gone a beautiful shade of near-black.

Now all I have left to fix is the "bitsa" fretless I'm building with the rather pretty sunburst jazz body and my "Basexperience" neck - this has full on silver bridge and pickup covers, so when it's put together it'll look suitably retro. The body is fully loaded already and I haven't heard the pickups yet: it was an eBay bargain!

Good times at gigs and open mic nights recently: the Butler jam night last Tuesday was excellent - nearly 4 straight hours with 4 excellent drummers, great keyboards and some pure jam as well as some tracks we don't normally do.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Brand new experience: looper with live band... And it worked!

Last night's jam at YATES'S in Reading was fun, if a little quiet - we used the time to run through the Shaydes set, and I got to do something with the GR55 synth - live - which I never thought would work.

Fairly simple but groovalicious bassline, nailed the built-in looper on it while Demetrius was playing, he held tempo and it worked, so I started playing Rhodes Piano on the Tobias(!!) and it sounded EXCELLENT!

All this through the new 2x10 markbass traveller: quite a feat for that little cab.

I'll be trying that again!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Jam Night at Yates's in Reading - nice venue up here! #blog

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Bass Repair! Crafter Acoustic bass will live again...

Time for some bass repair work - my Crafter BA-400 electro acoustic bass (nice piece of kit, handy for parties!) needs a new nut and new pins.

Luckily it appears Strings Direct do a lot of good repair gear! This looks like the job-


that should do the nut Ok, and


Nice brass mother of pearl inlaid pins! Better than the god awful plastic things it came with, one of which has snapped!

Look forward to restringing with some nice lightweight strings for chilled summer evening jams with friends. I may even get a battery amp!! It's loud enough with a pick though.

Ttfn BassPeeps!

Jam nights aplenty! Tonight...

I've become... attached to some excellent musos in Reading: the Butler Thursday night jam sessions are great - particularly when Champion Be comes along and fills the pub with keyboardly goodness - and now there's a new one as well: YATES'S pub in Reading, every second Tuesday.

Should be fun - it's a big venue, good stage area, and great bar: roomy feel, space to jump around a bit!

I'll have the chance to try out some gear tonight in a live situation which I haven't yet: should have some good power and lots of tones on hand.

See you there!