The Brushbass

Craft & Design Music

Brokenjoe writes –

Here`s a wacky little contraption that I put together that allows me to play a beat while playing the stand up bass using a snare brush through my fingers. Lightning Chance used to use something similar back in the fifties on the Grand Old Opry shows when they wouldn`t allow drummers there. His was screwed right to the belly of the bass and also obstructed him from going up the neck. My addition to this was to come up with a removable one that had more spring to it like a real snare and to also put in a condenser mic/pre amp that I can send to the P.A at festival gigs.It takes a while to get the hang of the brush being through the fingers but it`s worth it. At first I used it all night on duo and trio gigs playing every kind of music just to get used to it but now I`ll just pull it out for two or three songs a set for effect. It`s turned up higher on this video so you can hear its tone. Normally it would be a bit lower in level.

Brokenjoe’s site (Thanks Phil!) – Link.

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