Friday, July 5, 2013

Brushy One-String || Jamaican Rhythm Man

I'm sure that I posted Brushy quite a while ago but perhaps on Humble Uker. I think that his one-string base playing and rhythm skills are so solid. I have often wondered how we might use that low D-string too accomplish a different sound.

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Brushy performs one of his most heartfelt songs in Kingston. This is the original, uncut, full version, from The King of One String DVD and soundtrack.

I have had the pleasure of taking a day trip to beautiful Jamaica. The countryside is very beautiful and lush green, the ocean is near aqua blue and quite warm. I remember seeing all of the school children in their brightly colored school uniforms. Each school had a distinct color and they seemed to take great care of what they have and to cherish their educations.

I know nothing about how to play base and very little about percussion but I do think  a study of Brushy's one-string and "knocking" could be added to a bari-uke player's repertoire.

Watch him play the one string bass here...

I see Brushy playing different frets for a variety of songs on YouTube

No Man Stop Me he plays the following frets: 3, 5, 0, 1. Putting them in order I see: 0, 1, 3, 5. On the guitar this would yield: E, F, G, A. On the Bari-Uke D-string we would have D, Eb, F, G and I am not sure where this gets me.

In his "My First Song" video he plays frets 0, 5, 7 and in the key of E gets E, A, B which is the 1-4-5 of the E scale. On the bari-uke we would get D-scale 1-4-5 or D, G, A. This 1-4-5 may be the secret to the bass. The rhythm is now the challenge.

(In progress...)

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