Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

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Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby Mick Sleeper » Mon Aug 19, 2013 2:29 am

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Mr. Bassie - Leroy Sibbles - in fine style at the Calgary Reggae Fest on August 17. He put on a great show, then commandeered the bass for a quick medley of some of his most famous bass lines. 8)
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Re: Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby Ringo » Mon Aug 19, 2013 7:57 am

Anyone know the advantage of a 5 string bass? Is it one higher or lower? Inyaki?
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Re: Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby kalcidis » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:17 am

There is of course a point to it (even though I don't know what it is) but things like that always make me think of this classic.

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Re: Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby underated » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:06 pm

@ Ringo

Me Me Me I know !

4 String...........E A D G
5 String Extra....B

so more options for phrasing, a whole new Bottom end could open up.

Yes leroy was the master of simple melodic b lines, time less classics.
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Re: Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby Ringo » Mon Aug 19, 2013 12:22 pm

underated wrote:@ Ringo

Me Me Me I know !

4 String...........E A D G
5 String Extra....B

so more options for phrasing, a whole new Bottom end could open up.

Yes leroy was the master of simple melodic b lines, time less classics.


Cheers, that mostly makes sense to me :)
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Re: Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby Werner » Mon Aug 19, 2013 1:14 pm

Although there are also 5-string basses that add a high-C string (so E-A-D-G-C). But in reggae the low-B is more common. And then there are even 6-string basses, with both low-B and high-C. These are mostly used in jazz, I think, and you need big hands to play them :-)
I think you can argue about the advantage of a 5-string bass. I guess it's correct to say that all classic reggae bass lines from 70's/80's were played on 4-string basses, and the perceived "heaviness" of a bass line is often more determined by the relationship between notes, articulation and resonance, than by actual pitch.

About Leroy: I recently saw him at the Reggae Geel festival in Belgium, where he also did the classic bass lines intermezzo. It's when a guy like him casually picks up the bass, when you realize how gifted a musician you actually have to be, to be able to play a "simple" bass line like Full Up with such vibes. I mean: the bassie of the band that was backing him was doing a good job in playing all the well-known bass lines "correctly", but as soon as Leroy took the bass something magical seemed to happen. Or at least that was how I perceived it, there and then :)
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Re: Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby jb welda » Mon Aug 19, 2013 11:58 pm

I personally witnessed Leroy sibbles show fully fullwood how to *properly* play real rock bass lines...on fullys bass, while fully had it on. that meant Leroy was playing it backwards as it was FACING him as he picked out the notes with both hands, one plucking and one on the fretboard. now I don't play an instrument and don't know if that is something that is easy to do, but it sure impressed me. and it impressed fully, you could tell. now he knows how its done.

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Re: Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby Inyaki » Tue Aug 20, 2013 12:52 pm

Funny that cause Leroy didn't play on the original Real Rock!

% strings (with the low B) ain't necessary to play Reggae....but some like it, personal choice.
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Re: Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby underated » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:26 pm

I have tried to sing when playing bass & find it almost impossible, totally unlike guitar / keys.
I really don't know how bass players can play & sing at the same time, well perhaps it's like singing drummers ,

They don't think about it :)
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Re: Leroy Sibbles in Fine Style

Postby jb welda » Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:56 pm

Inyaki, might have been full up. the memory is the second thing to go you know

I always liked singing bass players: jack bruce, Lloyd parkes, paul McCartney (well maybe not so much sometimes). my friend is a bass player/singer and he says the same thing: it took him quite a while to learn to use two parts of the brain, one to sing one to play bass.

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