I would like to use this blog to share with you what inspired me to make the cover video and what was the process like.
First inspiration came from Victor Wooten’s “Isn’t She Lovely”. The way he arranged the song probably inspired millions of bass players around the world, and it did to me too.
First of all, I laid down the bass track. I kept feel of the original bass line as much as possible.
Secondly, I recorded the chord parts. The challenge with this was that because melody and the chords are going to be recorded on the same instrument and on the similar range, I needed to be very careful when choosing what notes to play.
Thirdly, I recorded a simple percussion part with muted slap sounds. I used Gruvgear Fretwrap on around 3rd fret to have a good mute on all strings and I also muted with left hand to have extra mute on the strings I slap on. I used my thumb and index as if I am strumming with the pick. I used a low B string as a kick and D or G strings as snare and other strings in between to have other subdivisions.
Lastly, I recorded the melody. My approach on the melody was inspired by one gospel video. I am a huge gospel music fan. Few years ago, I was searching some gospel videos on Youtube and I happened to watch this amazing video of gospel musicians jamming. I was very inspired by their way of playing, especially how they treat the melody with a lot of ornaments. Their ornaments mainly consists of use of pentatonic or blues scale and most distinctively contains a lot of (what I would call) “fret-rubbing” trills.
Hope you enjoy it !