1600121 Pennies From Heaven – James Taylor – Ken Smith Bass

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 James Taylor’s…

1600121 Pennies From Heaven - James Taylor - Ken Smith Bass

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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 James Taylor’s recording of “Pennies From Heaven”, which he originally recorded on his (2020) Album, “American Standard”.

It was composed by Arthur Johnston (Music) and Johnny Burke (Lyrics), back in 1936. It has gone on to become a Jazz Standard, recorded by many artists including Bing Crosby, Tony Bennett and Lester Young.

I played a walking Bass line of my own creation.

I chose to play along on my very new to me (2019) Ken Smith BSR 5TN “Black Tiger” through neck, 5 string fretted Bass. I’m gradually growing used to playing it. It is very sensitive. It’s a far better instrument than I am a musician.

It is fitted with a new set of Ken Smith’s own brand tapered core round wound Stainless Steel strings, with a diameter of 0.130 on the low B string.

I’m hugely satisfied with this new to me Bass. It has found a good home. I shall cherish and enjoy it for keeps.

I played this song in ‘Active’ mode via its onboard preamp. I set the onboard three-band Treble, Mid and Bass controls at 50%. The Pan between the Neck and Bridge Pickups was also set mid-way between the Neck and Bridge PUs

I routed it via my Bergantino B|AMP, which I used as an inline preamp, I set the tone controls on my Bergantino B|AMP flat.

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. I plucked close to the neck, to get a well-rounded fat, yet transparent Bass tone. The only sound effect is driven by my fingers.

I sent the signal from my Bergantino B|AMP direct through an XLR cable, to my Focusrite Clarett 4 Pre USB Audio Interface, which is connected to my Intel i7 powered, Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 bit PC. The Audio track was recorded direct on Ableton Live 10 Lite recording software.

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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