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2Freaky jump's the shark: Stevie's one flaw. Keyboard bass.

Why not use real bass? Just sounds better. Sure, he is the one man band, but hire someone sucka. lol A pure bass sound rules. Beyond that Stevie is the shit.

All you others say Hell Yea!! woot!
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Reply #1 posted 11/10/19 7:47am

thebanishedone

whaaaat? Stevie did amazing stuff with synth bass.just because u dont like synth bass it dont mean everybody else dont like

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Reply #2 posted 11/10/19 9:54am

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"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced." - James Baldwin
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Reply #3 posted 11/14/19 4:26pm

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I'm not sure if the OP was trolling or not. Be that as it may, he played the synth bass on "Venus' Flytrap & The Bug" like an upright bass and tt took me years to figure out that it was a keyboard, no keyboardist could ever emulate that and I doubt any upbright bassist would provide the same quirky charisma Stevie's playing did for the song. Stevie did hire great bassists (Nathan Watts anybody?) but being the adventerous musician he was, he experimented with that sound and it worked. I'd argue that Stevie wrote many funky bass lines on the moog (i.e. "Boogie On Reggae Woman") better than any keyboardist. I don't think anyone was able to do that, before or since.

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Reply #4 posted 11/20/19 12:42pm

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Hamad said:

I'm not sure if the OP was trolling or not. Be that as it may, he played the synth bass on "Venus' Flytrap & The Bug" like an upright bass and tt took me years to figure out that it was a keyboard, no keyboardist could ever emulate that and I doubt any upbright bassist would provide the same quirky charisma Stevie's playing did for the song. Stevie did hire great bassists (Nathan Watts anybody?) but being the adventerous musician he was, he experimented with that sound and it worked. I'd argue that Stevie wrote many funky bass lines on the moog (i.e. "Boogie On Reggae Woman") better than any keyboardist. I don't think anyone was able to do that, before or since.

I enjoy your posts...are you a musican?

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Reply #5 posted 11/20/19 1:17pm

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PeggyO said:



Hamad said:


I'm not sure if the OP was trolling or not. Be that as it may, he played the synth bass on "Venus' Flytrap & The Bug" like an upright bass and tt took me years to figure out that it was a keyboard, no keyboardist could ever emulate that and I doubt any upbright bassist would provide the same quirky charisma Stevie's playing did for the song. Stevie did hire great bassists (Nathan Watts anybody?) but being the adventerous musician he was, he experimented with that sound and it worked. I'd argue that Stevie wrote many funky bass lines on the moog (i.e. "Boogie On Reggae Woman") better than any keyboardist. I don't think anyone was able to do that, before or since.




I enjoy your posts...are you a musican?



Thank you for saying that hug no I’m just a music nerd like most fellow orgers.
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Reply #6 posted 11/21/19 12:03am

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I have to check the org rules...

but I'm pretty sure that mentioning Stevie and flaw within the same sentence should always result in a perma-ban, no?


good lawd LOL


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Reply #7 posted 11/26/19 11:55pm

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well... to quote the movie Hi-Fidelity: "Top 5 musical crimes perpetrated by Stevie Wonder in the 80s and 90s. Go. Sub-question: is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins... is it better to burn out or fade away?"

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I don't know what happened to Stevie Wonder after Secret Life Of Plants. Before that, his synth bass was better, I'd say, than Bernie Worrell, the other hero of synth bass. Afterwards? I'd agree with 2Freaky. He should've gotten bass players for all basslines. It's one of many changes he should have made. His lyrics turned sappier, his melodies plainer, the digital synths lost any warmth... he still hasn't really recovered, although there's the odd track.

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Reply #8 posted 11/27/19 3:18am

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mediumdry said:

well... to quote the movie Hi-Fidelity: "Top 5 musical crimes perpetrated by Stevie Wonder in the 80s and 90s. Go. Sub-question: is it in fact unfair to criticize a formerly great artist for his latter day sins... is it better to burn out or fade away?"


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I don't know what happened to Stevie Wonder after Secret Life Of Plants. Before that, his synth bass was better, I'd say, than Bernie Worrell, the other hero of synth bass. Afterwards? I'd agree with 2Freaky. He should've gotten bass players for all basslines. It's one of many changes he should have made. His lyrics turned sappier, his melodies plainer, the digital synths lost any warmth... he still hasn't really recovered, although there's the odd track.


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Not sure that this will auto-ban me for life. razz



He started listening to critics & followed their cues after they panned that album. He took the criticism of that album hard, and stopped experimenting with music after that, which is a shame.
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Reply #9 posted 11/28/19 9:54pm

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2freaky4church1 said:

Why not use real bass? Just sounds better. Sure, he is the one man band, but hire someone sucka. lol A pure bass sound rules. Beyond that Stevie is the shit.

tenor.gif biggrin lol

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Reply #10 posted 12/01/19 6:57am

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2freaky4church1 said:

Why not use real bass? Just sounds better. Sure, he is the one man band, but hire someone sucka. lol A pure bass sound rules. Beyond that Stevie is the shit.

U know who was BADASS on Synth Bass?? Johnny Guitar Watson!!!!

cool

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Reply #11 posted 12/01/19 7:45am

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^^This^^...Johnny played piano first and then he picked up the guitar later.

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Reply #12 posted 12/03/19 6:27pm

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BombSquad said:

I have to check the org rules...

but I'm pretty sure that mentioning Stevie and flaw within the same sentence should always result in a perma-ban, no?


good lawd LOL


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Reply #13 posted 12/04/19 3:23pm

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.....

Pino Palladino, Bassist Extraordinaire for D'Angelo, Jeff Beck, Roy Hargrove, John Mayer Trio, The Who, Michael McDonald, Paul Young, etc., once said, "That's why I got into this business, so I could play all of those great Stevie Wonder basslines and stuff...."

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" I've got six things on my mind --you're no longer one of them." - Paddy McAloon, Prefab Sprout
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Reply #14 posted 12/04/19 3:29pm

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woogiebear said:



2freaky4church1 said:


Why not use real bass? Just sounds better. Sure, he is the one man band, but hire someone sucka. lol A pure bass sound rules. Beyond that Stevie is the shit.



U know who was BADASS on Synth Bass?? Johnny Guitar Watson!!!!


cool



Can you recommend songs where it showcased his synth bass playing?
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