Josh Paxton Posted October 2, 2013 Share Posted October 2, 2013 A question for the left-hand bass experts: how do you deal with the fact that the low B (and to a lesser extent, B-flat) on a Hammond sound so much wimpier than the rest of the bass notes? I recently had a conversation about this with another local guy who's been serious about left-hand bass for a lot longer than I have. I was checking out a gig with his trio, and after the first tune, the drummer was complaining that he couldn't hear the bass. But on break the organist told me he knew it was only because that tune was in B-flat, and if they turned the bass up in the drum monitor, he'd be complaining that it was too loud when they did a tune in C. (I said I wasn't convinced that drummers in general, and this one in particular, were even capable of processing the concept of "too loud," but I got his point.) This is a guy who gigs with a B3, a Leslie and a huge Ampeg bass amp, and he said he still hasn't found a way around the issue. Of tunes I play regularly, the most problematic one is a rhumba in G, with a 1-3-5 bass line. That B on the "and" of 2 should be accented, but it ends up being the weakest note. For part of the tune I can kinda use the expression pedal to help out because I'm playing piano with the right hand, so the bass line is all the organ is doing. But if I take an organ solo, that volume swell in the middle of every bar becomes, shall we say, suboptimal. On the Mojo I can cheat by having the sound of the drawbars and the pedals on the lower manual, which is exactly what I do when I gig with that board, though I admit I'm not a huge fan of that sound. But I'm looking forward to getting the Korg Volca Bass module I've pre-ordered, as I'm intrigued by the possibilities of adding some juicy analog synth bass to the organ trio sound. Any hints, tricks, etc.? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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