Flattery Sandwich

Hey Willis, Love your sound, man! I just wish I had your chops. 🙂 Hey, looks like you use D'Addario strings. What type and gauge do you use? Thanks so much, -Dennis- PS: New web site is pretty cool! Normally in the bass-education community, when the...

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TuBe or not TuBe?

Hey Willis, I'm looking for a good direct box for recording projects (bass).  I know that you use, or use to use, the Retrospec Juicebox.  Before that I think you were using the Eden Navigator for a while.  Both of them use a tube.  Do feel this is of particular...

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What About Five?

Hey Willis, I play a Fender four-string fretless jazz bass and like you I love the expressive possibilities and nuances I can obtain. What about the five-string bass? Does the low B string solve a particular problem: e.g. playing in D, or being able to reach down for...

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Make A Difference

G'day  Willis, I am enjoying your website heaps, thanks for sharing your wisdom. My question is about right hand speed. My current understanding is the faster you want to play, the lighter you have to play. Is it as simple as that? What are your thoughts? Thanks,...

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Stay In School mmmmkay

Hey Willis, I am 16, and I have been playing a 4-string fretless Ibanez for about a year now. You are one of my four main influences, along with Jimmy Haslip, Rocco Prestia, and Jaco Pastorius. I am not very good at anything scholastic-y or business-y, but I CAN play...

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Clean Getaway

Hey Willis, I just started to study your 3 finger technique because I think it will help me get past my issues with string skipping and general bassplaying. In the string crossing exercises, I noticed that when I play an A open string with the 1st finger and I mute it...

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Don't Try

Hey Willis,  In light of disturbing facts like this, your "rant", the fact that Scott Henderson can't tour the US and make money, aside from "Don't try," what recommendation would you give to anyone coming up trying to play music that resembles at all what you are...

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My Favorite Things

Hey Willis, first of all I think you're probably the most influential bass player in the world after Jaco, and every new project just blows my mind again! OK, my question is about all your other abilities (web designer, video editing, re-inventing stuff, etc...)...

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VB-99 interface

Hey Willis, How do you send signals from your bass to the V-Bass and other midi devices? Do you mod your bass' bridge to send the signals via piezo? Also, I've noticed that you don't have the controls for switching banks and controlling the volume also. Have you just...

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String Tension

Hey Willis, Is there any way to setup the bass to get a softer string tension (using the same strings gauge/brand/model)? Unfortunately, there's not a setup adjustment that will assist you in violating some universal laws of physics. Without changing the actual length...

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sharp attack?

Hey Willis, I have been playing for 17 years, and play in church and a Christian Rock Band, I have been using a custom made copy of a spector monarch bass, bart pic-ups, active electronics.., well being a finger picker, I am having trouble getting the sharp attack...

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why fretless?

Hey Willis, I've searched through all your great Q&A, but cannot find an answer to a fundamental question, why do you like to play fretless instead of fretted bass? - thanks, Doug Hey Doug, Good question, actually. Back when I was playing a lot of bebop and jazz...

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