Ask Willis - September - 2000
Two years...whoo-hoo...time to celebrate with some pastries..mmmmm pastry....

Hey Willis
Is a cheese danish an acceptable substitution for a 13#11 chord?
And will tribal Tech be recording a version of "Achey Breaky heart"
One last question ...Francis the talking mule or Mr. Ed?

It took some research but I finally found this one in one of my old North Texas State Jazz theory books.
It's the little used "Danish Substitution Rule". You were close, but you can see that it's actually the Cherry Danish that can be subbed for the 13#11 while the Cheese Danish is always used for the 13b9.

I also found this kind of plain substitute for a 7#11 but it still tastes like whole tone any way you slice it.

"Achey Breaky"? That's a touchy subject. Don't ever bring it up around Henderson. Billy Ray's lawyers have been able to drag this one out for 13 years now. A few months after Nomad came out, Billy Ray comes out with his rip off and started the whole line dance thing......Passport records sunk all their money into litigation and eventually went bankrupt. We were without a label for over 2 years....Yeah, thanks Billy Ray.....

"Francis or Mr. Ed"....finally a question that's just a little be before my time!
OK, what little I do recall is that Francis was more of the wholesome Disney-type while Mr. Ed was more of a jack-ass than Francis ever was. I'll defintely have to go with Mr. Ed and his personality.

Hey Willis,
How do you loop a pattern on the QY70? I read page 90 in the Yamaha manual but the song just keeps playing the last chord over and over again.

You probably mean a loop in a song, right? The pattern section only does loops. If you program a set of chord changes in a song then you have to go to the Job function and Copy Event. Choose the chord track and select the bars you want and choose the X ____ . Put in how many times you want it repeated. The song section does have a repeat function but I think the pattern track has to include an Ending pattern in it or it won't think the song is done and it'll behave like you're saying. If I remember right, even if you do it that way it does a slight pause before it starts over so the best way is just to use Copy Event.

Hey Willis,
I got a GWB-1 bass. I got it in october last year. I got a small problem. There is a dead tone, a Bb at D-string (2). I,ve tried a lot to make it better, (strings, check neck...) but nothing has make it better. Please help, because I love this instrument.

Glad you dig the bass but I have to tell you that every bass that's ever been made with a wooden neck and a metal truss rod has dead spots. From the oldest Fenders to the latest Willis basses, they all have dead spots in about the same places. You'll probably also be able to notice a dead spot around the B on the G string (4th fret). At those dead spots the bass neck is sympathetic to the pitch that's vibrating so there's some cancellation. I got used to the dead spots a long time ago so it's easy for me to work around them or use them to an advantage sometimes. The only solution involves drastically changing the resonant frequency of the neck by putting a big metal plate on the headstock (changes the mass and makes it very neck-heavy). Although the graphite neck companies claim no dead spots, they actually still exist...just in different places. You'll have to just do what I do and everybody else that uses a wooden neck with a metal truss rod...get used to it.