Friday, 27 June 2014

Howard Shore's Lord of the Rings music played on Solo Electric Bass Guitar...

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This is quite remarkable - lovely arrangement, very musically-played - and exploring aspects of the electric bass guitar which I did not know existed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtVkxXOu_Mo

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After finding that playing the alto sax broke my front teeth - well cracked them horizontally so they were in danger of snappage - I once upon a time tried to play bass guitar in a couple of amateur R&B groups; but I couldn't manage it, and practice proved useless.

Normal bass playing (rather than this extraordinary Zander Zon way of playing) is technically simple, but all about rhythm - and rhythm is something you either have (to a sufficient degree) or you just don't - and I was the latter. I could hear I was playing it slightly wrong - but I couldn't play it right.

I had rhythm enough to sing or play melody, but not to be the basis of it, in the rhythm section. No way...

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3 comments:

  1. Great find! Ha ha, I think everyone musically-inclined who plays any of the LotR tunes picks the same ones; I know I do (the Hobbit theme and the Rohan theme, definitely).

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  2. @SJ - Here's another excellent LotR medley from The Piano Guys:

    http://www.squeegi.com/video.php?v=93eb9bac-86d7-11e2-b45e-00259002621a

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  3. @SJ - And if you happen to have missed this one - it is hilarious:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uE-1RPDqJAY

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