220620 Bluesette – Toots Thielemans

I recorded this track as a play-along practice piece, purely for critique by my fellow members on http://www.scottsbasslessons.com It is not intended for publication, or wider circulation. It is not for profit. I chose to play along with Toots Thielemans’…

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I recorded this track as a play-along practice piece, purely for critique by my fellow members on http://www.scottsbasslessons.com It is not intended for publication, or wider circulation. It is not for profit.

I chose to play along with Toots Thielemans’ recording of his own (1961) composition, “Bluesette”
“Bluesette” is a fun Jazz Waltz, a 24-bar, 3/4 time signature tune, with a number of descending II Vs and II V I changes.

Lyrics were subsequently added by Norman Gimble, but this is just the melody, which I have used for this recording.

It has been recorded by many famous Stars since then both as a melody and as a song. It has gone on to become an International Hit and an enduring Jazz Standard.

I played along with a Bass line of my own creation on this occasion.

I chose to play along on my (2014) Fender American Standard Precision 4 string fretted Bass. I have fitted it with Thomastik-Infeld #JF344 flat wound Nickel covered strings and a custom Pickup, hand wound in the USA by Jason Lollar.

This is a “Passive” only Bass, with no onboard preamp. I initially set the Volume control on this Bass at 100% and the retro fitted “Stellartone – Tone Styler” Passive Tone Control Pot at 50%.

I recorded this via a Jack to Jack lead from the output of my Precision Bass, directly into the Input Jack Socket on the front panel of my Focusrite Clarett 4 Pre USB Audio Input box, which is connected to my Intel i7 powered MS Windows 10 PC.

I monitored the original recording and my Bass track via a set of Headphones, plugged directly into the front panel of my Focusrite audio interface.

This was, yet again, a one shot ‘take’. I am pleased with the tone and quality of the sound. That was what I wanted to achieve. The only sound effect is driven by my fingers.

The Audio track was recorded direct on Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software. As this track is intended as a critique piece for the Bass, I have intentionally made that instrument louder on this video than I would play it if backing another musician.

The Video was contemporaneously captured, via my Canon EOS M50 mirrorless camera, initially to an internal memory card, from which I subsequently downloaded it to my PC.

From there, it was It was imported direct to Corel Pinnacle Studio Video Software, version 21.5. I turned off the Audio track on the original video, captured via the microphone in my camera. The higher quality Audio track was subsequently added and synchronised with the video footage.

Although this camera can record HD video files up to 4k resolution, the files become far too large and unwieldy for general upload use, so I uploaded the completed composite video as a SD MPEG-4 format file, to save delay when replayed over the Internet.

Enjoy ;o)

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