Gear – Playing Bass on a Worship Team #7

Everyone’s favorite topic – toys! What should I get? What do I need? Which ones sound the best? Get ready for my opinion – and sometimes that means it’s gonna be a tough pill to swallow!

  1. Hey Jayme
    Ask and you shall receive. I’ll shoot you an email with a pic of that bass.

    • Dude it looks so awesome! I bet it plays great too! Ever thought of doing it full time, or it’s just a hobby?

      • I guess you’d call it a full time hobby. Being retired that’s just what I do when I’m not playing. I’m no Mike Lull or anything like that. It’s just something to keep my brain active and also keeps the creative juices flowing. There are a couple others in your inbox.

        • Ya dude I just saw em, looks awesome man! That’s something I always wanted to learn how to do. Maybe one of these days!

  2. Hey Jayme
    Another good lesson. My two biggest take-away’s that I already adhere to are that the right hand is really the best source for tone and attack variation – and that I try to make things ‘idiot proof.’ That last one is an axiom I use for life in general as I can screw up a free lunch at the drop of a hat.
    I also have evolved to using passive basses, and the main bass I use now is one that I built – a 4-string P/J-bass with Nordstrand pickups (NP4A in the neck – Bigman in the bridge). It seems to work splendidly in just about every situation.
    My signal chain is Boss tuner – TC Electronics Spectra-Comp – EBS OctoBass – Boss bass chorus – MXR M80 DI. We don’t use amps at church, but go direct. I keep the Spectra-Comp on and dialed in at 1:00 o’clock, and the M80 engaged 100% of the time with everything flat. The chorus and octave pedal I use only sparingly. I’ve used this rig in several other churches and it always sits in the mix like a well-worn pair of slippers.
    The one thing I would also add is that anyone playing on a worship team with any instrument really needs to have one ear on the mix, and the other ear listening to the Lord. Too much emphasis on either one can keep a person from “connecting” with the other musicians, or with what God is doing at any given point. But that’s just my opinion.
    Thanks again for spelling it out clearly in what you put on this video. I will be saving it for others down the road.
    Blessings to you and Sarah
    Chris Wenkle
    Rathdrum ID

    • Thanks Chris! That’s awesome, I’d love to see this bass that you made! I wish I could do stuff like that!

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