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Cool Rockabilly Trick!
Old 28th April 2003
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Drumsound's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Cool Rockabilly Trick!

I was cutting a jingle on Sunday. We were using a Rockabilly tune, but didn't have an upright bass. The "solution" was twofold. First the bass player played as if he was playing an upright. He dug in very hard, and used his left hand to come off the string quickly to get that sitcatto thump.
Then we overdubbed the drummer playing the shuffle rhythm on the rim of the snare. Mixed in lightly it gives the impression on the strings slapping on the fingerboard. It sounds fairly authentic. Try it sometime.
Old 28th April 2003
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sonic dogg's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Another trick for this is to 'pluck' the strings at the neck/body connection or slightly higher up the neck...this adds the inner harmonics by starting the strings vibration where an upright is generally played...works great on old p-basses
Old 28th April 2003
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heylow's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Yep.....to the P-Bass/plucking on the neck thing!

Add flatwounds and you are there!

Old 29th April 2003
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littledog's Avatar
🎧 15 years
Muting the strings a bit with the right palm to cut down on the sustain can really suggest the thumping sound of a classic big band-style upright.
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