Drink A Beer

Drink A Beer – Bass Cover Tribute

This is my tribute Bass Cover Video to my old Submarine Engineman Brother Russ Bogar.. We were both Engineman on an old dilapidated diesel electric submarine from 1971 – 1975 that operated off the coast of Vietnam, but were more involved in Cold War shit than Vietnam shit… We grew up together… We were only 18 years old when we were first stationed on that old submarine…. Yet,…. within a year, we became old men…

Keep the beer cold bro…. I’ll be there with ya again one of these days….

About This Bass Cover

When I decided to record this bass cover, I wanted to play to a song that had a simple yet strong message. At first I thought the song would be a “Cake-Walk” since it really only had “Three chords and a story”… Boy, was I surprised once I started recording my bass line track and realized that my timing was all over the place, and with such a simple song, “Timing” is the one most important ingredient that makes the song what it is…

This song was originally recorded with pretty much just an acoustic guitar. Trying to play a bass line without the beat of a drummer is where I ran into trouble. You just cannot “Lock in” to a rhythm guitar, and as such, my timing was microseconds one way or the other and the finished product suffered. I think I recorded 20-30 bass tracks and all were eventually trashed! This “Simple” song was taking it’s toll on my patience!

Eventually I decided to try using the built in metronome feature in GarageBand, and after 20-30 minutes found that 78 BPM (Beat’s Per Minute) worked spot on. Locking into the metronome was exactly what I needed to do in order to make this song work! Listening back, I then noticed that the rhythm guitar was micro-seconds off either way on the beat, but the muffled sounds of rhythm chords are not as timing noticeable as the single thumps of the bass notes…. A real “Eureka” moment!!

The original version was very light on bass since the emotional feelings of the song were expressed mainly in the vocal forward words, backed by the simple strums of the rhythm guitar chords. I found that simple whole, half, and quarter notes were sufficient, and keeping with not much more than a “Root – Fifth” bass note structure was all I needed to play in order to accentuate the song with some solid effective bottom end – something that (in my opinion) was missing from the original recording.

Additionally, I decided to use two different bass’s for this cover which meant recording two separate audio and video tracks that could be spliced together into one single audio/video recording. The first half of the song is played using my Black and Gold Squire “P” bass that I upgraded with the original Fender Pick-Ups that I removed from my Turquoise Fender “P” bass when I upgraded the electronic Pick-Up’s to the Seymour Duncan “Quarter Pounders”. Both bass’s are equipped with round wound strings, with the Squire strung with Fender 45’s, and the Fender strung with DR’s Pure Blues strings.

Please enjoy, and feel free to leave a comment!!

Keep on Thumpin’!
Lanny

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