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August 3, 2012 6:36 PM

Here's me bashing away on our crappy piano, from this past winter. It's a song about blindly following things.

posted by chococat (9 comments total) 3 users marked this as a favorite

I love the sound of your crappy piano. The horns are brilliant, as well. The whole thing is great.
posted by The World Famous at 12:54 PM on August 5, 2012


I like this tune a lot.
posted by lazaruslong at 9:18 PM on August 5, 2012


I love this one. Great lyrics. And you get a very nice sound for each instrument.

Did you record the piano first and then everything else on top of it?
posted by micayetoca at 2:35 PM on August 6, 2012


Did you record the piano first and then everything else on top of it?

Yes. There's several layers of piano, though.
posted by chococat at 6:20 AM on August 7, 2012


Super-cool, as always; nice and bouncy. What sort of bass do you play? I dig the dead, clicky sound; I've tried to get the same with a bit of old T-shirt taped across the bridge, and it comes close, but it's not quite right.

And it reminds me that I've been meaning to record some tunes with my in-laws' piano (which must need some kind of adjustment, because it's impossible to play at anything less than mf).
posted by uncleozzy at 8:38 AM on August 7, 2012


What sort of bass do you play?
It's just a Fender Squier P-bass, given to me for free by the super-generous scruss after I asked about buying a cheap bass in this MusicTalk thread.
I usually put it through a cheap tube pre-amp and then right into my interface. It's got some amp emulation on it in Logic, probably one of the Vox-y "British" ones. The slight curve in the neck (which I haven't got around to adjusting yet) makes some of the notes wonky, so I put it through a pitch corrector in Logic also.
posted by chococat at 9:49 AM on August 7, 2012


Interesting. I've got a cheap-and-cheerful Chinese PJ-style bass that I usually run with the P-bass pickup only, more-or-less the same setup as you've got there ... sounds like it's all in the fingers after all.
posted by uncleozzy at 9:58 AM on August 7, 2012


There's several layers of piano, though.

That explains a lot. That's a great sound you got.

What sort of bass do you play? I dig the dead, clicky sound;

I once read an interview with Stuart Zender, who played bass in Jamiroquai's better days. There he said how he tried for a long time to emulate the sound of FamilyMan's strings, and it took him a long time to realize that the only way he could get was to let the strings get really old, never change them and never wash his hands before playing it. He said he would eat fried chicken and then rehearse in order to get the strings as dirty as he could and that's how he was able to mimic that damp, dead sound he heard on some of Marley's records. It's a different sound from the one chococat has here, but I loved that advice, so there it is.
posted by micayetoca at 3:34 PM on August 8, 2012


I just drink lots of beer and play the bass exactly how I play the guitar because I can't really play bass but shhhh it's my secret method.
posted by chococat at 8:58 PM on August 8, 2012


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