Posted by kenny on August 10, 2000 at 19:17:59:
In Reply to: Re: Recording with Fingers posted by paige on August 10, 2000 at 07:04:25:
: : : : WAIT A MINUTE......are changing your playing style after 6 years because some engineer told you he didn't like the way you sound with your fingers??????????Something does NOT seem right about this.......unless I'm not understanding something ....please enlighten me
: : : Kenny, my friend.....
: : : I can't help but get the impression that you think the engineer was attacking this guy's "style" because he wanted a picked sound. He wasn't attacking the player, asking him to forget everything he knew about playing... he was saying he wanted something different (at least that is how I interpreted the request). If you are going to do studio work on anyone else's work other than your own, you will have to be able to deliver a variety of styles as well as a wide variety of sounds, totally dependant on the ear of the producer and the engineer. If they are smart they will ask an experienced player for their input, but if they don't, it is the bassist's job to pony up the goods (as my grandfather would say...)anyway.
: : Yeah.....I sort of got the impression he was working in his own band......not as a hired gun......if he was a hired gun then so be it, you would be correct. But if he was working in his own band then I still don't agree. Engineers have great ears but I don't they should tell ya how to play.........maybe the producer........
: Ok... point well taken. If it's your tune, your band - I would think that would definitely change some things. I guess since I wasn't there to hear how the request was posed to our friend, it would be difficult to gauge whether it was a demand or a request from the engineer....
: Isn't it funny how you and I read the same message and got two different takes on it? The downside of this medium, I suppose.
: Thanks for the response, Kenny.... I stand corrected.
It is all good my friend.......and you are correct about this medium of communication. I can't tell you how many times I and others get misunderstood. And when posts are a little vague things get even worse. And you would be right on in your description of studio work and what is required of us bass folk. I like to ask this question: "What's your favorite bass? and why?"
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