Court of Opinion: July 2013

What’s your go-to lick when checking out a new bass?
By BassPlayer ,

What’s your go-to lick when checking out a new bass?

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It’s the “slow chromatic run up the entire fingerboard on each string.” Not the most exciting thing to hear, but pretty good for making sure the frets and intonation are accurate.
—Zak Claxton

Playing “Higher Ground” in the bass section is like a guitarist playing “Stairway to Heaven.”
—Clay Smith

 Whatever makes me look cooler than the guitar player noodling next to me. God, I hate music stores.
—Dave Johnston

The Barney Miller theme.
—Jake Istre

I like to start off with a little “Smoke on the Water,” bust into “I Love You” by Barney, and then segue into a slap rendition of “Happy Birthday”—but no “Stairway”!
—Mark Pappas

Rush’s “Vital Signs” from start to finish.
—Nicholas Demetriou

 “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.

—J. Peter Ross

“Come On, Come Over.”
—Blazej Domanski

“I Want You Back.” .
—Joe Hall

“YYZ.”
—Graham Drew

Pink Floyd’s “Money.” .
—Greg Gross

“Silly Putty,” “Continuum,” “Teen Town,” “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick,” “Mellowship Slinky in B Major,” and “Tommy the Cat” are some faves. But if the amp’s got a gain channel, it’s hard to resist a little “Hysteria.”
—Jay Babies