The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #121939   Message #2708090
Posted By: Jack Blandiver
25-Aug-09 - 09:50 AM
Thread Name: The re-Imagined Village
Subject: RE: The re-Imagined Village
bass guitar

I'm currently giving very serious thought to buying an electric bass, which is the first real instrument I played before going acoustic some thirty-two years ago. Over the years, however, I've indulged my bass needs (as it were) in music shops - as I did in a Preston on my birthday a few days ago when I took my Zoom H4 along and recorded an improvisation I'm calling Mausoleum 22-8-09 which you can listen to at The Ha-Ha Space. My idea is accompany Traditional Ballads with such music, though maybe not in folk clubs...

I'd say the bass guitar is a good deal more relevant to English Popular Culture than the Cittern ever was, or is, or is ever likely to be. Certainly more relevant to me anyway, and the musicians who inspired me by making this instrument truly English - namely Colin Hodgkinson, Hugh Hopper, Richard Sinclair, and Chris Squire - not to mention one or two Europeans, such as Jannik Topp, Bernard Paganotti, Peter Fromader...