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  1. #31
    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Florida Space Coast


    Maybe not the best example.

  2. #32
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Tarpon Springs, FL


    Quote Originally Posted by tommyrot View Post
    Feel the need to weigh in on this one.
    Here's some evidence that - in the right hands (which admittedly could be a rare thing!) - a washtub bass is more than a "random pitch generator"

    Wack on some headphones and listen to the bass solo from 1:36 - very tastefully done with lots of musicality I'm sure you'll agree?

    By the way - digging the barnkickers!
    Thanks for the compliment about The Barnkickers.

    I listened to that video clip, and while he does do a decent job of playing the melody during his solo, most of the pitches he plays during the accompaniment are approximate, and accompaniment is a bass players #1 job. If you were to listen to that and imagine a double bassist playing those same "notes", you would think that the they didn't know what they were doing. To say that a washtub bass player is doing a god job because they come close to hitting the actual pitches 50% or even 75% of the time is just lowering musical standards for novelty's sake in my opinion. The uke has it's share of novelty value in some people's eyes, but I see it as a legitimate musical instrument and there are plenty of great players out there proving it.

    - Steve
    Last edited by bassfiddlesteve; 09-16-2013 at 09:52 AM.

  3. #33
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Saint Andrews Bay, FL


    I am coming to dislike washtub "basses" . just saying
    there is no substitute for LOVE

  4. #34


    That dude on table spoons brought more to the music that day than some people I've known could bring with a full kit.


    That's such a good line.

  5. #35
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    Nov 2013


    Quote Originally Posted by OldePhart View Post
    ROFL. But, hey, what have you got against pipers?

    Nothing at all ....provided they are Maris Pipers.....

    they can , boil ,mash ,roast and make great chips........oh sorry ...fries ........

  6. #36
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Tampa Bay, FL


    Steve, no respectable Bluegrass band would use anyhting but a real stand-up (double) bass....
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

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