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YOUR MUSIC IS GOOOOOD
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u are very hot palyer
On 2/28/2006 12:45:18 PM, john opined:
• u r a fantastic bass player slapper and tapper , have you any killer exercise for right ( picking)fingers speed etc? REPLY
On 3/28/2006 2:55:48 PM, TymeBomb replied:
• Hi, John. Have a look at http://www.basscentral.com/2003/sc4bass.shtml for instructional cassette tapes, videos, CDs, and DVDs. REPLY
On 7/25/2006 8:22:48 PM, Beaver replied:
• John, WHEN Iím in practice mode (not as often as I used to be), I approach right hand fingerstyle development as follows:
First I start with individual fingers (1=index, 2=middle, 3=ring), for a full minute each. Iíll fret a random note on the left hand, since the focus is on the right.
From then on, Iíll include left hand patterns.
Next I go to fingers 1 and 2, then 1 and 3 (this is a very unusual combination, but one that I use quite a bit. These fingers are actually closer to being the same length than 1 and 2). Iíll do at least 10 minutes with each pair at various tempos.
Finally, I go to a group of exercises using 1, 2, and 3 for approx. 5 minutes. Again, various tempos and patterns across the strings.
Thereís the short version.
Close friend, Dave LaRue and I have talked/agreed about this same approach of using various tempos, ultimately building speed, accuracy, strength, and stamina. Guaranteed Chops Builder.
On 5/19/2006 3:00:44 AM, john replied:
• hi! beaver ,i have bought your workout and slap-happy videocass and your books slap, tapping, finer technquies , music theory, and scales and modes. i would like to tell me the strategy and the kind of training that i should use in order to acquire the techical ability which require for the solo of jaco in port of entry song and for qick solos of richard bona!
On 7/25/2006 8:23:21 PM, Beaver replied:
• Man, I hate to sound predictable, but the answer is simple: PRACTICE HARD! Use a metronome to get your fingerstyle speed/accuracy up to spec., work hard on executing natural harmonics (thereís also an E flat FALSE harmonic as I recall, requiring a real left hand stretch with your first finger fretting the B flat note/first fret on the A string, with your pinky touching the string over the E flat note/6th fret).
Learn this piece slowly, work on accuracy, gradually build up the speed using the metronome.
Sorry, Iím not famiiar with Richard Bonaís playing, although Iíve heard of him... Probably the same formula as above.
your music is goooood
On 3/3/2006 7:11:52 AM, adrian sarbu Romania opined:
• Hello,my name is Adrian Sarbu from Romania
and I listen your music, is very good. I’m a guitar bass player in Romanian band "JAR", www.jar.info.ro and my question is "Is posible give me one video tape with your lessons (tutorials)".
On 3/28/2006 2:55:18 PM, TymeBomb replied:
• Hi, Adrian. Have a look at http://www.basscentral.com/2003/sc4bass.shtml for instructional cassette tapes, videos, CDs, and DVDs. REPLY
Started Your DVDs Today!
On 3/26/2006 11:00:33 AM, Lori opined:
• I LOVE your lessons! You are so articulate and humorous! Can’t thank you enough for the instruction - after a lifetime of playing violin, a while back I started playing an Ibanez Iceman - never had so much fun. My question - for a petite female - what kind of bass do you suggest for me? Thanks again, you amaze me! REPLY
On 7/25/2006 8:23:49 PM, Beaver replied:
• íGlad youíre digginí the lessons. Thanx for the flattery. As a small guy with small hands, I can relate to needing a smaller bass/neck. I had an endorsement with Ibanez back in the 80ís and loved the small necks, compact bodies. I think all the basses that Carvin made/sent me were modified to have slightly smaller neck diminsions. Along those lines, the MM Sterling is great as is the Lakland series basses, which are what Iím currently using. Good luck, practice hard, and know that there are few things cooler than a female bassist.
Beaver Felton REPLY
On 3/30/2006 8:22:36 PM, Lori replied:
• You are amazing! Intellectually, and everything in between!!! Clever, clever boy! I LOVE these lessons ... perhaps a trip to Florida is required ... More than ever, you ARE my Hero!!! REPLY
On 7/25/2006 8:24:18 PM, Beaver replied:
• Lori, wow, you must be in love or something. Iím not "all that". Iím glad youíre digging the lessons, etc. and weíre still waiting for pix of you playing your Sterling!
On 5/25/2006 10:36:05 AM, Chris Boyer opined:
Long time no see. I’ll get my butt into bass central soon to say hey. Hope all is going well. Before long I’m going to start recording some stuff and I’ll send it your way. Been working on some bass only tunes that have some chops. (Although not as super as yours!) Take care my man.
Chris Boyer - class of Felton 93’ REPLY
On 7/25/2006 8:21:54 PM, Beaver replied:
• Chris, sorry for the delay. Thatís what happens when you get old! As one of my star students, Iím glad to hear from you. I just saw your old band mate, Chris Taylor (talented guitarist), who told me he was now married with children, playing only at home. I canít help but feel that he has yet to "Sing his song" and would love to see him play out, record, or something more than heís up to musically at the moment.....
Please let me know if/when youíre playing, which you should be doing. Youíve got Super Talent (even after "Superball") and should be doing something with it....
On 7/31/2006 9:35:42 PM, chris b replied:
• here yee here yee, maybe taylor and I should form an outfit. just like the good ole days REPLY
On 8/1/2006 10:36:33 PM, Beaver replied:
• Indeed! REPLY
On 8/21/2006 9:55:26 PM, Chris B replied:
I finally tracked a bass solo and I sent it to grasshopper because I have his email but not yours. I asked him to forward it to you so I hope you get it. It is a little something I "slapped down" for you.
On 8/22/2006 8:02:48 PM, Beaver replied:
• CHRIS, SORRY, i GOT NOTHINí! Email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org ! REPLY
On 8/25/2006 10:32:59 AM, Chris Boyer replied:
• For anyone who is interested, I put up a solo at the YouTube website. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK2C8QNpCxw
On 8/25/2006 7:43:05 PM, TymeBomb replied:
• Nice job! (Being a filmmaker, I love the B&W vid!) REPLY
On 6/15/2006 12:25:27 PM, BJB, esq. opined:
• BF - Whazzup? This is BJB, esq., erstwhile attorney from Arkansas, checking in to say ’whazzup’, as well as to thank you for your courtesies when my family and I visited BC during Spring Break. The BC shirts are still a hot item in the household, and my band dug the keychains. I will be sending you the photo we took while I was there for your autograph, to be proudly displayed on my Wall of Sha..er...Fame, next to Dave, Nugent, Travers, and various NashVegas Flavors of the Week. (BTW, Becky and I got married on 5/20/06)
But here’s my question - the Dingwall sounds so good and is like butter to play, but in certain registers, it sounds out of tune with the rest of the band. I have had a couple of different techs check into it and say the intonation is fine. Izzit possible that I simply am SO in tune that the rest of the band is out. Of course, a pedal steel can’t get a fret job, as much as our steel player needs one...
BJB, esq. REPLY
On 7/25/2006 8:21:08 PM, Beaver replied:
• Bruce, sorry for the delay. Slammed. You and family are always welcome! Weíve never heard of this problem about DW Basses so please have the other variables (your bandmates) checked.
Iím proud to be on your wall of Fame/Shame!
Congrats on the wedding thing.
Dave (LaRue) just called, been home for a few days from his latest tour with Satriani, and is exhausted. What a gig! Iíll tell him I heard from you. Stay in touch!
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On 7/8/2006 11:32:38 AM, TymeBomb opined:
• Been having some technical difficulties with the forum email notification lately, so Beav nor I were receiving email notice when new postings were made. But, I have notified him that there are new postings. I am sure that he will reply as soon as he can. And, it seems, I now have fixed the problem. Thanks for your patience and lively contributions to the forum. REPLY
the old days
On 7/12/2006 12:50:38 PM, Debbie opined:
I am from Orlando and currently live in Smyrna, TN, 25 miles southeast of Nashville. I spent more nights than I could ever count watching you perform with Mantra. A self-professed groupie, I still have Mantra’s album and promo photo.
Here’s to your continued success... REPLY
On 7/26/2006 6:28:06 PM, Beaver replied:
• Debbie, oh yes, those were great/memorable times, definitely an essential chapter in my life. Mantra was the only band I was ever in that signed a major record deal (Casablanca). And I learned how to get screwed in the record business!
Ironically, I ended up bulding a house 3 yrs ago that is less than 1 mile from the first club I ever played in Orlando in 1978. You saw me there in Mantra, it was called "JD Sportsmanís Den", later changed to "The Entertainer". Ultimately a strip club, it closed about a year ago. I pass that building every day!
Hey, that was a lot of years ago and a lot of girls ago, so please email me at email@example.com, weíll speak of old times.
Thanx for emailing. I wish Iíd known you were near Nashville as I went there for many NAMM Shows over the last 10 yrs.
your old student
On 4/29/2006 3:00:35 PM, Jon Schwalls opined:
• thanks for all your instruction and inspiration...
You still remain one of my biggest BASS heros ever...And i’m always proud to list you as my instructor.... thanks again
Jon Schwalls REPLY
On 7/25/2006 8:24:43 PM, Beaver replied:
• Jon, sorry for the delay. Hey, Iím proud to call you a former student. Youíve certainly progressed substantially! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what youíre up to. I havenít seen you in a while. Who are you playing with now, some of the Shup Up guys?
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