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I saw this group on television this morning on a show called video gospel on bet. (i'm sure you guys are familiar with the program).

 

But to my main point:

 

The bass player...not only was he a lefty, but he had his strings reversed. The top string was a C, the bottom was a B...i'm pretty sure he was playing a ken smith lacewood.

 

My only guess is that as a lefty...he learned to play upside down on a righty and when he got money to get a nice bass he continued playing in the backward manner.

 

Do any of you guys play like that? or know of people that do that? Does ken smith make custom basses for regular people?

 

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It actually is not that uncommon. The most famous bassist playing like that I'd say is Jimmy Haslip, but there are others. I remember a guy who called himself Frosty that played bass in a Blues trio (named after the guitarist, but I forget the guy's name) from Maryland. He played a lot of slap, was a kinda heavy guy and had the bass sitting up on is belly as he slapped away at it.

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Jimmy Haslip and Keith Horne are two left-hand upside-downers I can think of off of the top of my head.

 

It's a pretty common phenomenon amongst left-handers. Most of 'em were inspired by Jimi Hendrix...even though he reversed his strings so that they'd be the right way 'round.

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That might explain All Along the Watchtower-- which is not a knock on the line BTW.

 

I think any lefty can pick up a righty and play something, but the charade gets exposed before too long. So for Jimi to just pick up and record like that is just one more feather in his cap-- maybe literally.

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there is a student at my my school that plays an upside down 'ray strung g on top.

 

I couldnt help but think how he can slap on that...

 

he did do some slaps, and pops, but no slapping and popping together.

 

Anyone know of someone who plays this way and can slap and pop?

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You also might want to check out Quintin Berry aka QBass

 

http://dynamo-hum.com/qbass.jpg

 

Watch this

Video clip of Quintin Berry

for something you will not believe.

 

By the way, I edited my Jimi Hendrix post above to show a picture of him playing left-handed and upside down. Here he is:

 

http://home.jps.net/~jeremy/hendrix.jpg

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The guy I used to see all the time-- now this was back in like 1985 so my memory is shakey- had the bass up high on his stomach. His left forearm came up over the middle of bass' body from like the strap hook. He spanked more than slapped-- I can't speak for his personal habits, I mean his bass playing--, and I don't honestly recall if he did a lot of popping. I don't see that as being the problem as much as note choice but he might have tuned differently to accomadate this-- Albert King supposedly used weird tunings to mess up people watching him.

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jeremyc:

Watch this

Video clip of Quintin Berry

for something you will not believe.

 

yeah, i couldn't believe that people just walked by throughout the entire performance.

 

I just wish that the video had been higher quality.

 

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A pretty famous guitarist named Babyface plays upsidedown. He comes up with some really cool songs too.

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Im really glad that someone in the bay area knows about quentin berry. I was stationed in Virginia Beach a couple of years ago and I was lucky enough to see him live at a bar. Incredible! The way he holds his bass is the most immediately different thing he does, but he is such a great player on top of that. I wish him luck in finding fame.

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Thanks, Jeremy, for posting the link to that video!

 

I had read about him in BassPlayer a little while back, and I could imagine a little from the photos and descriptions what they meant by playing "up from underneath", but until seeing that I had no clue what he can DO with that technique! Pretty amazing stuff, and really rocking in an almost guitar-solo sense. I also loved how he switched so quickly to a more traditional technique, and rocked some more. I have a friend who will play upside down on guitar or bass as a gimmick every now and then, but that sure wasn't a gimmick. Rock on!

 

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I think Quentin Berry used to come through Myrtle Beach in the early '90s. We thought of him as a clown and I have yet to figure out why he wants to play like that. Is there some sonic advantage to doing it that I'm not hearing? Or is it just for show?

 

For the sake of arguement, I am going to assume he has improved his ensemble playing, I know I have.

 

For another lefty upside down check out this guy: http://www.mattbeck.com/

 

He is easily one of the finest guitarists I have ever met. He is also one of my best friends.

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I play left-handed, strung left-handed. My first two basses were right-handed instruments which I restrung lefty. I never could get the hang of playing with the strings being 'upside down'.

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