This video has been largely inspired by a brand new set of Paysons Fanned Nickel Steel strings. I had ancient strings on this bass for a very long time, and just put on a fresh set of nickels on. Wow. It woke up the bass-beast within! Just look at me, my time is all over the place but Im having so much fun nonetheless. That chunky, bassy in-your-face sound turned up to 11, it doesnt get better than that.
Speaking about the sound: this is a fretless. Sure doesnt sound like one with all this bite! But its a fretless Dingwall Afterburner II sporting Paysons Nickel Strings, played with pickups in series, active with a slight treble boost and through the Man of the Music preset on the GT-10 bass processor.
As for the bassline, its played by Tony Levin. Everything you need to know is that Tony Levin is insane. The intro of this song is fascinating, I put in so much effort getting that bassline right and its still far from there. And he did it live, I have little doubt he improvised it at least to an extent, it sounds so much like him. And I dont know how much time Ive spent trying to get just those 2 minutes down, and still wouldnt dare even playing it standing up. And he improvised it. Live. And after this beautiful intro, he puts chopsticks on his right hand fingers and smacks the strings with them for the remainder of the song. Not kidding. Hes insane.
This song is from Peter Gabriels Secret World Live concert. Even though Im not a fan of his music in general, that concert is the best live performance Ive ever seen. It is a live concert that won a Grammy award! Musicians that are beyond perfect, amazing back vocals, supplemented with a multimedia experience that sets the bar real high. When a metalhead can enjoy an 80s pop concert start to finish, well thats something. If you didnt watch it, put it on the top of your watch list now.
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