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    Jazz Bass Vs P Bass

    Jazz Bass Vs P Bass

    Show Notes 
    Jazz Bass Vs P Bass. We have all heard them, but do we know the difference? 
    This week is a deep dive into the differences between the two iconic instruments. Where do they come from? Who plays them? What do they sound like? Which one should I play? 
    All that and more this week on Just the Bassics. 
    P Bass 
    P Bass was the de facto, go to instrument for bassists in nearly every style of music. It is making it’s comeback now because of its full, fat sound without piercing highs. The bread and butter of the P Bass is it’s ability to “sit in the mix” and serve the music. It is popular with round wound or flat wound strings, though a good sets of flats is particularly desirable on a vintage P Bass. Typically, they have slightly wider necks and lighter bodies, giving them that full sound. This is partially due to the fact that the players using P Basses were switching from Upright Bass. 
    The Precision Bass gets its name from the pickup, a precision pickup. 1951 single coil The design of the pickup was created to get rid of the signature hum that was heard from a J Bass. Visually the difference is very obvious. The P Bass is centered in the body of the bass and has two offset coils 1957. They slightly overlap in the middle. They are the original “humbucker” pickup and they work by having one of the two coils magnetized north and the other magnetized south. Then, they were wound in opposite directions (clockwise v counter clockwise) and run in series (they work together, but not at the same time. Power goes from one to the next). The offset overlap actually helps to widen the tonal range of the pickup (more bass but also more treble). 
    It is perfect for Rock and R&B, but can be used in nearly any style of music. Some Artists that are known for using a P Bass are James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Duck Dunn, Sting, and Duff McKagan. 
    Jazz Bass 
    The Jazz Bass is the tool of legends like, Marcus Miller, Jaco Pastorius, Geddy Lee, and fFea . It is known for a scooped sound that has a big bottom end and clear highs. It doesn’t not sit in the mix like a P bass does, rather it cuts through more aggressively. This makes it the perfect tool for a bassist that wants to be heard or play intricate lines that can become muddy if the tone is too warm. J Basses are known for having thinner necks and slightly heavier weight bodies, making them more accessible for guitarists to switch over to or for players with smaller hands. 
    Jazz Basses do not use a single offset pickup like the precision bass does, but instead it uses two separate pickups, one on the neck and the other on the bridge. The have a brighter sound due to 1) being single coil pickups tuned to pick up higher frequencies and 2) the bridge pickup being located, well, close to the bridge. The strings are tighter there and therefore have a brighter sound than at the neck. 
    Which One Should You Play? 
    If only the answer were that easy. It boils down to two major things:
    What sound do you need? What is your preference? 
    I personally prefer the sound and feel of a J Bass. Something about it makes me feel different that a P Bass does. The crispness and sharpness of the sound speaks to me and the way I want my music to sound. However, I generally find myself playing a P Bass lately. 
    The P Bass has the sound that checks all of the boxes for my current projects. The Jazz Bass didn’t fit into the music the way that P Bass does. The warmth and fullness is what I need for the right sound. In my case, my needs trump my preference.  
    Are There Other Options? 
    Of course! The most common alternative is the Musicman style pickup. This has a more growly sound and is used by Joe Dart.  
    There are also new pickups out that use infrared lasers instead of magnets to read the string’s vibration. The advantage is near infinite sustain because the magnetic field doesn

    • 53 min
    Camila Cabello Romance Side B

    Camila Cabello Romance Side B

    Show Notes 
    Romance is a studio album by Camila Cabello. In This Episode, we break it down song by song. From lyrical themes to album continuity, you will hear everything you need to know about this Billboard number 3 album from Camila Cabello. 
    Camila Cabello 
    Camila Cabello started in the group Fifth Harmony (https://fifthharmony.com/). They got their start competing on the show X Factor in 2012. In 2016 Cabello left the group to pursue a solo career. You have heard her perform with the likes of Shawn Mendes (http://www.shawnmendesofficial.com/) and Pitbull (https://pitbullmusic.com/) before she released her 2016 album. She is even slated to play the role of Cinderella in the upcoming live action film. 
    Romance 
    Song by song, this is a pretty strong album. It does a good job of portraying the theme that Cabello is going for overall. Did we love all of it?? The record starts off with a bang but trails off around the middle of the pack. Her songwriting is sweet, but can be generic. Cabello’s voice is strong, but this album hides it with a lot of processing. However, there are a few moments where Cabello’s musical abilities shine bright and the album brings a ton of joy. 
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    Time Stamps 
    Shameless (2:25) 
    Living Proof (11:41) 
    Should’ve Said It (16:56) 
    My Oh My (20:12) 
    Senorita (26:00) 
    Liar (27:36) 
    Bad Kind of Butterfly (33:08) 
    Easy (40:00) 
    Feel It Twice (43:03) 
    Dream of You (46:40) 
    Cry For Me (50:56) 
    This Love (55:26) 
    Used to This (1:05:55) 
    First Man (1:11:02) 
    Summary (1:22:48) 
    Links 
    Camila Cabello: https://romance.camilacabello.com/ 
    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/bpelkdoz61rtjou6fivwjuq1u/playlist/0Y3sjgSWWZQjZUBFUZy0Tp?si=XGIHrisfT629iz__t6xz0Q 
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    Camila Cabello Romance Side A

    Camila Cabello Romance Side A

    Show Notes 
    Camila Cabello is a Cuban-American singer that has rocked the charts ever since she debuted in 2018. Her self titled album topped the charts and featured hits such as Havana. After, fer follow up album, Romance, was an instant hit. It topped at number 3 on the billboard top 200. This episode gives the back story to how Romance came to be. 
    Camila Cabello 
    Camila Cabello started in the group Fifth Harmony (https://fifthharmony.com/). They got their start competing on the show X Factor in 2012. In 2016 Cabello left the group to pursue a solo career. You have heard her perform with the likes of Shawn Mendes (http://www.shawnmendesofficial.com/) and Pitbull (https://pitbullmusic.com/) before she released her 2016 album. She is even slated to play the role of Cinderella in the upcoming live action film. 
    Romance 
    This album is centered around the theme of falling in love. Cabello described it as a representation of what it is like to fall in love. In order to get the perfect songs for this theme, Camila wrote over 80 songs and narrowed it down to 14. She recorded at 8 different studios over the course of 11 months!  
    Romance was released on December 6, 2019. They teased the album with 5 singles released beforehand, and 1 more single added in January of 2020. The singles were Shameless, Liar, Cry For Me, Easy, Living Proof, and My Oh My.  The album as a whole debuted at number 3 on the Billboard top 200 and was the 3rd largest release EVER by a female artist. 
    Next week we will talk in-depth about the songs that make up the album. Listen with us (https://open.spotify.com/album/3Vsbl0diFGw8HNSjG8ue9m?si=iXS1ThYwSPuRFcklGDygGA) and see if you agree with what we think! 
    Did you love this episode?? Let us know by hitting subscribe and sharing this episode! 
    Links 
    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/bpelkdoz61rtjou6fivwjuq1u/playlist/0Y3sjgSWWZQjZUBFUZy0Tp?si=XGIHrisfT629iz__t6xz0Q 
    Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/JustTheBassics/ 
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    Other Episodes: justthebassics.com/podcast 
    Blog: justthebassics.com/blog 



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    • 53 min
    Jacob Tallent Interview

    Jacob Tallent Interview

    Show Notes
    We feature a very special guest this week, Jacob Tallent of the Vegan Llamas! Jacob is a good friend of ours from Liberty University and an even better guitarist and song writer. Listen in to hear about all things Vegan Llamas, from their songwriting techniques to recording processes.
    Oh, and there may or may not be a new album dropping. You’ll have to listen to confirm 😉
    Did you like this episode? Let us know what you think with a review! 
    We keep our show ad free. In order to do that, we have a Patreon page where you can donate to keep us running. 
    Links
    Jacob Tallent Instagram: https://instagram.com/jacob_tallent?igshid=wfxkzen2w10r
    Vegan Llamas Instagram: https://instagram.com/veganllamas?igshid=1ezfc9o31mxch
    Vegan Llamas Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veganllamasofficial/
    Official Site: https://veganllamasband.wixsite.com/presskit/music
    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/bpelkdoz61rtjou6fivwjuq1u/playlist/0Y3sjgSWWZQjZUBFUZy0Tp?si=XGIHrisfT629iz__t6xz0Q 
    Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/JustTheBassics/ 
    Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/justthebassics 
    Other Episodes: justthebassics.com/podcast 
    Blog: justthebassics.com/blog
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    • 53 min
    Falling Back in Love with the Bass

    Falling Back in Love with the Bass

    Show Notes
    Have you ever felt burn out from playing music? I hope that it hasn’t happened to you. If you’ve been playing music for any length of time, however, I’d be willing to bet that you have. This is my story about how I felt out of – then into – love with the bass.
    Did you like this episode? Let us know what you think with a review! 
    We keep our show ad free. In order to do that, we have a Patreon page where you can donate to keep us running. 
    Links
    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/bpelkdoz61rtjou6fivwjuq1u/playlist/0Y3sjgSWWZQjZUBFUZy0Tp?si=XGIHrisfT629iz__t6xz0Q 
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    • 53 min
    We Answer Reddit

    We Answer Reddit

    Show Notes
    We are back! This time around we answer YOUR questions, internet! We browsed the depths of Reddit to find music theory questions galore – and boy, did we find some good ones. Tune in to hear the answers to all you’ve been dying to know!
    Did you like this episode? Let us know what you think with a review! 
    We keep our show ad free. In order to do that, we have a Patreon page where you can donate to keep us running. 
    Links
    Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/user/bpelkdoz61rtjou6fivwjuq1u/playlist/0Y3sjgSWWZQjZUBFUZy0Tp?si=XGIHrisfT629iz__t6xz0Q 
    Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/JustTheBassics/ 
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