String Breakage Questions

I’ve been testing bass strings to find something that can endure intensive tremolo use and after my most recent ‘D’ string break, I’ve noticed that it is almost always the ‘D’ string that breaks and that it’s always at the same spot on the roller (as seen in the photo – click on it for a close up). Broken String

So I’m asking myself : Why the ‘D’ string? Why always at the same spot?

Any clues or insights would be appreciated!

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My solo bass EP is now available…

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More than a musical experiment, my Road to Forgiveness solo bass EP is also a personal fund-raising effort, supporting The International Association for Suicide Prevention and our local Quebec City Suicide Prevention Center. The album features my unique and experimental ‘thumbpicking’ and bass tremolo techniques throughout the 4 introspective and emotionally charged compositions. More info…

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New arrangement with alternate tuning.

Here’s a rough one-take demo of my solo bass piece ‘Horizon’. I’ve started messing around with a DGDG tuning to add some depth. Sorry for the goofs and bad intonation, I’m still working on the new fingerings that this arrangement entails…

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I hope to show  the evolutiolution of the piece.

What do you think in comparison to this version

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Solo bass performance…

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Preparing my solo bass compositions for summer studio sessions.

I’ve been polishing my pieces for solo bass in preparation for my debut album. I’ve been experimenting with alternate tunings to help dressup one piece in particular – I think I’ll be getting some interesting results, once I adapt to the different left and right hand positions that the change calls for.

Tons of fun!! 😉

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Thumbpicking Jaco’s ‘Come on Come over’ line…

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Thumbpicking a line with distortion…

Here are basic tracks from a demo of a song from our ‘Road Kill Soup’ project.

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Thumbpicking a mellow solo bass composition…

Here’s another example of thumbpicking using open strings and double stops…

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Bass solo using thumb picking, tremolo and effects…

Here’s a video from last saturday’s performance which should give you an idea of one of the ways you can use thumb picking…

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My first live thumb picking performance…

Last night playing with the Jack Rozz Project at The Bal du Lézard was the first time I performed exclusively with my thumb picking technique. I hadn’t been that excited about a show in a long time, and it was quite thrilling.

Although my playing wasn’t as rock solid as my fingerstyle playing would have been – the youthful abondon that playing a different way brought more than compensated.

Also, the guys gave me a chance to present one of my solo bass compositions which was also a big thrill for me.

We have audio and video footage of the show so I’ll sift through it and share some highlights here later this week.

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