What Started use of The Bass Guitar For Bands

The early Bass Guitar. Was and still is a work in progress, Many different configurations have come and gone,

And many different ways of playing and tuning have been tried and used. 1 string,2 string,4 and 5 and 6 all the way to 8 or 9 strings.Have been adapted.

Different tunings and even DeTunings.

De-tuners, are mechanical devices operated by the thumb on the fretting hand that allow one or more strings to be quickly de-tuned to a different pitch. Usually 1 or more notes up or down so if the de-tuner was on a certain string you could take it up to 2 strings in pitch

Normally de-tuners are put on a 4string on the E string when you flip it or release it it drops the E string to a D.

Allot Of this type of playing was used in the Mowtown days .Back When the Styles Of The electric Bass Guitar Were first being developed.

After All the Electric Bass Guitar Is very young in age compared to most of other instruments.The First Electric Bass Guitar Arrived around 1949,

But Did Not Really take ,The Concept soon became a great addition to any Band by filling in without a big bulky bodied   Bass Viola or even the giant tuba.Then using The electric Bass Guitar,for the new rock n roll sound really took hold in the mid fifty`s .

When rock n roll  began to be firmly planted on the  Live stages of America,So did the Electric Bass Guitar ,At first mostly just because the size of the huge Bass Viola`s Were just so cumbersome ,

And expensive, Many Rock n Roll bands could not afford a big Bass Viola,And many were shared between bands, or even Record companies might own one  Upright Bass to be played by many Musicians.

And availability of the Bass could have been a good reason many bands gladly grabbed on to the new Electric Bass Guitar.

Then We needed a Bass Amp as it was soon learned,Regular Guitar Amp Speakers were just not going to hold up to the lower Octave of the Bass.

Around the time of the mid 50`s to early 60`s. Electric Bass Guitars started to be seen more and more , Played by Rock and Motown and R and B Groups  Then  early 60`s came Elvis, The Motown Crowd, And Bands like The Birds  And Lil Richard, Chuck Berry , Ike Turner were some of the very first acts to feature a full time Electric Bass Guitars in the lineup..

With the mid to late 60`s and on to the  Seventies ,came the British Invasion, And not just the Beatles,Although Paul McCartney was probably the first really followed and famous Bass Guitar Player.There were many others. The Stones,The Who, Cream,Led Zeppelin,Doors,Hendrix,In fact The whole genre of the Blues owes a great part of its sound to the Electric Bass Guitar.

So with all that said and much much more not said,The Electric Bass Guitar Brought to us by Leo Fender In 1951 was not just A great  invention by Fender but proved to be a very Important part of American Music. And at such a young age The Electric Bass Guitar is for sure Here To Stay……..                 (*!*) Learn To Play …And Play For Keeps..

Changing pickups on your Bass Guitar

Changing pickups on your Bass Guitar can actually change your old Bass Guitar into something brand new if you plan ahead,And know what you are looking for.Maybe you have a favorite that’s old or just does`t sound good anymore,Or maybe you have a bass that just never did sound good.Don’t be so quick to discard that bass guitar at least not the body just yet.

Ever consider changing the electronics and make that weak tired sounding bass guitar sound like a 8.0 on the richter scale.? Well you can and a hell of allot cheaper than buying a brand new bass.

Parts are more and more,Easy to come by these days,They are making reproduction parts,And new old parts,And creating brand new gadgets at record speed and less expensive than ever. What used to be custom shop is now order ready right off the Internet Tone boosters ,Preamps, Pickups,Piezoes, ,Tone Cutters,special effects that make guitars and basses sound like a whole orchestras,Have flooded on to the Internet market. Just shop around you can can load your Guitar or Bass with the electronics of the most expensive models out there, And may I add with out breaking the bank.

You can make a old jazz bass`s active,By just changing that little chrome piece of your pickguard,You can get a new one with everything on it,Vol,Tone hi ,Tone med,low already  installed on the pick guard,For starting at about 45.00 bucks,How about those old pickups?

Now you can hot rod your old Japanese Basses you have hung onto for all these years,Like the Univox`s, and those Supro`s ,Harmony`s get em out of the closet, Put new life in them.

You can replace your alnico`s brand new for less than 50.00 bucks.

Gibson Bass Pickups try brand new humbuckers just like the thunder birds starting at 40.00 dollars.J Bass pickups brand new Active set of j bass pickups for a hundred bucks. Music Mans change out the old dead reproduction pickups on the imitation music mans that are out there change them out for the real thing 60.00 each.

Got a Beatles Bass copy laying around? How about putting some real hofner style chrome pickups on it starting at $30.00 each, or you can get the hofner control plate with active electronics,The little plate with the slide switches and knobs on it ? Up grade with active electronics starting at about  $105.00.

Many companies make new hot and active pickups for the factory Fenders ,Music Man,Ric’s,Hofners,And all the copies you can name, all you got to do is decide what you want.

And for the most part,No need to cut or router your guitar body,The new pickups come ready made to go right in where the old pickups came out.Just a little soldiering, And even some others are soldier free,You just twist the wires together away you go.

There are other modifications you can do too really change your Bass Guitar

You might have already seen these Roland makes a few models, It calls for changing the electronic pickup plus playing through a special preamp,But the sound is nothing but amazing,You can actually produce horns,violins, unbelievable bass guitar sounds right from your 4 string bass.And much much more. Its incredible start sounding like White Album or Yellow Submarine.

I Wont even get into effects loops,And those type of recorded effects,That is a whole different bag of strings there. But by just changing the pickups and adding preamp,You will be shocked to see the improvements you can make to a tired old Bass Guitar.

One thing I must mention … I Dont want someone to get started then find out I did not mention a important factor.All preamp systems well most of them anyways,Take a nine or two nine volts batteries,Too deliver the juice it takes to run a active preamp or pickup system.Sometimes its necessary to put a hole in your Bass Guitar Body to install the battery holder. But you can get lucky,I put A 9 Volt Active System in a old Passive Jazz Bass of mine and with the new mini pots being so small,I Was able too fit my new battery that i never had before, right inside the existing cavity already in the Bass Body. So you can look for parts that will work with your situation and save alot of work or trouble if you are not sure about doing these kinds of modifications to your guitars.And if you are uneasy about modifying one of your Bass`s take it to your favorite music store,Don’t ruin your Bass, Trying something you are not comfortable with doing as far as modifying  body`s and carving on your Guitars, a little slip or wrong calculation could be devastating.

This article is not about making any kinds of commisions on Bass Parts  or trying to earn points with any supplier ,its just as it appears information you can use,So I am not reccomending any certain parts or company to buy your

new bass parts from just do a search online or go to your favorite Guitar Store and explain what you want to do,You should have no trouble getting hooked up and on your way to a better sound,Out That Old Bass.

Sta Lo

Remember Jim Croce

Life In The Bass Lane

For Jim Croce A Musical Career Meant Many Days And Long Nights On the road. Alot Of Out of the way College Campuses
in small towns. On September 20 1973 in Natchitoches La.
The Small Plane not unlike hundreds he and his band used
to get from gig to gig. Somehow caught a tree at the end of a dark runway. The Little plane got hung up crashed and killed the whole band. What A Sad day for music.
No Body could know what this world would be like had Jim
Croce Been alive all these years. But we do know something
This Man Wrote and sang some great music. In His time he had his share of great songs. Remember Time in a Bottle ?
Operator ? Leroy Brown ? I still love those songs today. And Always will, Although when I hear this music I only Think About Jim Croce, And how sad is it he is not still here. What A GUY.
I Got A Name

Like the pine trees linin’ the windin’ road
I’ve got a name, I’ve got a name
Like the singin’ bird and the croakin’ toad
I’ve got a name, I’ve got a name
And I carry it with me like my daddy did
But I’m livin’ the dream that he kept hid
Movin’ me down the highway
Rollin’ me down the highway
Movin’ ahead so life won’t pass me by


Like the north wind whistlin’ down the sky
I’ve got a song, I’ve got a song
Like the whippoorwill and the baby’s cry
I’ve got a song, I’ve got a song
And I carry it with me and I sing it loud
If it gets me nowhere, I’ll go there proud
Movin’ me down the highway
Rollin’ me down the highway
Movin’ ahead so life won’t pass me by

And I’m gonna go there free
Like the fool I am and I’ll always be
I’ve got a dream, I’ve got a dream
They can change their minds but they can’t change me
I’ve got a dream, I’ve got a dream
Oh, I know I could share it if you want me to
If you’re going my way, I’ll go with you
Movin’ me down the highway
Rollin’ me down the highway
Movin’ ahead so life won’t pass me by


:  :  :  :  :  :  :

If I could save Time in a bottle

If I had a box just for wishesAnd dreams that had never come trueThe box would be empty Except for the memory Of how they were answered by you..

CHORUS:But there never seems to be enough timeTo do the things you want to doOnce you find them
I’ve looked around enough to knowThat you’re the one I want to goThrough time with

/ / / //
The first thing that I’d like to do
Is to save every day’Til Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you
If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I’d save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you


(Repeat Chorus)”

Enjoy Jim Croce every time u get a chance it will change your Day -(*!*)-




Urban Geezers Still There

,  I Got a page on Sound Click, I Made it long ago always meaning to add some more music to it.

Music I was working on at the time with a bunch of guys. Then Time went on I never did get back to update that page.

Then the other day I  Got a email saying somebody has joined my sound click page as a follower, And  I remembered about that page

All that`s on there are a couple bass solo tracks, One was done with my guitar buddy playing a live drum set. The other was done with a poor quality electronic drummer. Both are very poor quality recording and even worse engineering. My Plan at the time was to  let the other guys dub tracks on top so we could come up with a whole sound.Original music and build from there, But we never got back to that project,Just another pipe dream I Guess.

So what I`m trying to get at these bass tracks just sat there forgotten, for a couple years at least, One of my tracks while parked on that page (i have never played that song since that recording) It  Rose up on Sound Clicks Country Blues Chart,All By it self, It went all the way to # 58 on the chart of 3185 songs  on it at the time. Then it must have dropped out of sight sometime after that. I Knew nothing about it even being on any chart. I would have at least submitted a nice clean recording.

But this was kinda a Shock to find out about that track and glad I remembered or got reminded of those two tracks I wrote.

So I Went in and updated my copyrights on my songs. Who knows maybe I`ll still find some other Musicians who will help me finish these two songs sometime. And About 50 more I have written that are collecting dust in my song book. Thats My Problem

I get A idea for a song so I try to write it down or record a little of it, So I don`t  forget it. But I Dont get around to getting back to them with more players to add the other parts necessary  to make them whole songs.

If You Want To Check out these embarrassing unfinished poor quality tracks you are more than welcome,

May as well let the whole world get a laugh at my expense. I Mean come on folks number #58 ? Just think if we would have tried just a little?    go here Have Fun     -(*!*)-

Try It


Tommy Emmanuel & Richard Smith (a blazin’ snippet of "Jerry’s Breakdown")

A snowy night in Nashville on January 7th, 2010… so glad we braved the roads to see Tommy Emmanuel show up as a special guest with Richard Smith and the Hot Club of Nashville at the Station Inn. Filmed by Rachel Pearl.

Author: rmsayre
Duration: 43
Published: 2010-04-11 01:34:50
Tommy Emmanuel & Richard Smith (a blazin’ snippet of “Jerry’s Breakdown”)

Looking To Make The Bigtime?

Life In The Bass Lane

I Found A Service That Hooks You Up With Music Industry BigShots
and they claim to have really good connections with insiders to pull some strings,And Get your music noticed. All you have to do is go check it out.I Am not affiliated in any way with this company nor do I make any money from you going there, I did not want to influence
anyone one way or another, People are funny that way if they think someone is making even 50 cents off of thier action, They will not take that action, Even if it helps them to do so. So with that out of the way. This sounds like it might be a good situation.
But I Only briefly skimmed thru the material on the site,You will have to use your own judgment before sending them your music,Its always a good idea to read all the fine print any time you do anything online or off.
Anyway go check it out um  oh  yeah  ITS FREE

Annie plays Orange blossom special

Performed at Phil’s fish market on 07-07-09. Annie Staninec on Fiddle, John Kael on guitar, Mott Jordan on Bass, Larry Cohea on Banjo. Recorded hand held with a Canon 5D MII using the built in mono mic. Sorry it’s not better audio. Annie Is Great In Many ways..

Author: shelmbay
Duration: 191
Published: 2009-07-11 00:55:07
Annie plays Orange blossom special