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Re: les claypool... how does he do it?

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Posted by Dave Wood on April 17, 2001 at 01:14:50:

In Reply to: les claypool... how does he do it? posted by chris on April 14, 2001 at 17:08:53:

: bass fanatics, For the past 6 months or so ive been really studying fleas style, learning alot of his slap stuff and ive really learned alot and adapted my style... lately ive been listening to some Primus, and im interested in how Claypool plays, its really unlike anybody else ive heard.... particularly on songs like 'sailing the seas of cheese'... does he play with a pick? i really dont know much about him, so educate me ppl. Thanks alot, also thanks for the help on my previous post on cleaning bass strings, it really helped. peace

There's no harm in trying to copy something from different players, then you can try to develop these technics further. So here's something I know about Claypool:
He doesn't use a pick but he does use a lot of chords, he strums them with a flamenco technic if I'm correct of the term. Also he uses a lot of hammer-ons expecially with open strings, first thumb an open then hit a hammer-on then thumb it again. Probably the best thing to do is to get a live video where you can see it for yourself.
Nobody is completely unique, different players are bound to influence us. Stanley Clarke has clearly influenced Claypool but he has developed the style in a different direction also Geddy Lee has influenced him a lot according to him, so these together have made a style that we call Claypool's style.
So Chris go on and learn different players it's the best way to learn new stuff but remember not to get too much like somebody and that you'll prevent by learning different players. You have now learned a lot from Flea that's good, now you could forget him and consentrate on different players that way you'll be influenced by Flea but you won't sound just like him and that's the best thing.

Dave Wood

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