3 against 2

Hey Willis, I'm originally a guitar player and when I started playing bass about five years ago I tried to learn your three finger technique. It did seem a bit complicated at first and I eventually ended up playing with two fingers instead. Do you think it’s worth the...

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9V battery size?

Hey Willis, I have the GWB-1 and it has developed a problem of the battery not sitting snug in the compartment. This causes a lovely huge pop sound if I move the wrong way. I've had to wedge in a piece of sponge to keep this from happening. Is this a widespread...

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Old Tricks, New Dog

Hey Willis, I'm a UK,Wiltshire bases bassist and was explaining to someone the other night about boiling bass strings. I've used the recipe in your '101 Bass Tips' book (great book by the way!! Always close at hand) for ages, and used to do a similar method prior to...

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Wrong Foot

Hey Mr. Willis I am from India. I am 21yrs old. I have been playing bass for around 7 years. I wanted to ask you how would you look at playing bass in an ensemble like John McLaughlin's Shakti? And also I have been trying really hard to get out of the 4/4 or 6/8 frame...

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Vice or Virtue?

Hey Willis, Firstly - you're a genius and thanks for existing and especially for moving over to Europe so you're just a little closer to the UK - it's not that bad over here is it? Secondly I've just asked for an espresso machine for my birthday in July and I just...

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I’m back . . .

Finally finished moving, emptying boxes and setting up a new home studio and I'm ready to get back to your questions. There's been some great ones submitted the last 6 weeks and I look forward to trying to catch up. Thanks for everyone's patience, GW

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Wood vs. Metal

Hey Willis, How can I keep the fingerboard in good shape using roundwound strings on my fretless bass .Just got it sanded up a month ago and it is already full of string marks. Thanks for your answer, Peter Hey Peter, What is the fingerboard material? If it's ebony,...

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GWB35 GK-3B install

Hey Willis, Noticed you use the VB-99 System with the GK-3B Midi Pickup on your Bass. Recently bought the GWB35 which is an excellent bass, and perfect for those who want to make the move from fretted to fretless. My question is regarding space when installing the...

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Flat ?

Hey Willis, I recently got a used a GWB1 and I have noticed the tone is incredibly bright when the on-board controls are set flat. I remember reading that you run yours the same and was wondering what you did to tame the high end, is it all right hand muting? Thanks,...

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The A.V. Club

Hey Willis, I was wondering if you always play what you hear because it's realiy difficult when you have to play like a fast standard like Moment's Notice or something. The Chords change so fast it's difficult to maintain your cool and to play what you hear when it...

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