Djordje Stijepovic

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  • in reply to: Hello from France #204

    Welcome to the Art of Slap Bass Ivan!
    Glad to see you here!
    Thanks for posting the videos.
    Looking forward to try your weedwackers one day!

    in reply to: “You Mostest girl” Slap fills…. #163

    That might be one of the hardest rockabilly tunes for bass!

    I spent so much time trying to figure out who played bass on it. Record company didn’t know, Bobby Lee Trammell forgot… It’s a shame that such an amazing bass player was not credited. After long and intense research (talking to Bobby Lee, Scotty Moore, DJ Fontana; DJ played drums on that song and they were recording it at Scotty’s studio in Nashville), I’m almost positive that was Joe Zinkan (one of my favorite slap players) on the bass.

    The closest I can think what he played is quadruple for the main riff during a verse. That quadruple was played probably Dixon’s way (2 double slaps when you mute second tone). The fill he does in the break is definitely some kind of a drag/roll.

    It’s interesting that version from 1973 has slap and the one from 1958 doesn’t.

    Any other thoughts on this subject?

    in reply to: Strings #126

    This seems to be a very touchy subject…

    I play Thomastik Spirocores for almost 20 years. In general I prefer steel strings mostly because of the intonation. Guts usually go out of tune pretty often and are very sensitive to the weather (specially if you’re in a touring band). Steels are a little bit harder on the hands, but after few years of regular practicing, it shouldn’t be so hard. I also found that I have the best balance between playing arco, pizz and slap with Thomastiks. I prefer a little bit higher tension and action than regular, because it brings a little extra punch to the sound.

    I never understood why is such a big deal about what kind of strings people use. By my opinion, different string companies just use players’ names to advertise their products. They usually don’t care about those players and their music. I think that good player will always have a good sound, no matter what strings, instrument, amp and pickup he uses.

    There were so many examples in the history of amazing gut (Willie Dixon) and steel players (Milt Hinton). Milt Hinton sounded great on guts ([i]Pluckin the Bass[/i] period) and steels (everything after 1950’s). Kevin Smith sounds great on guts (with High Noon) and steels (with Dwight Yoakam).

    Even now, there are really great players on any type of strings: guts (Jimmy Sutton), steel (Roland Guerin), weedwackers (Jake Erwin) and many others.

    I strongly believe that the sound is in the fingers and the heart, not in the gear.

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