Tag Archives: Bruce Thomas

Kindle version now available

  Rough Notes is now available, worldwide, on Kindle.      

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Rough Notes

‘A most entertaining hybrid of memoir and cultural history’: Rock-n-Reel Magazine. More info on the Rough Notes page …or at Amazon UK and Amazon US      

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New Interview

I’ve just done a six-page interview for the June edition of Bass Player magazine that features a transcription of the bass part for “Chelsea” and a bit of background info on the track.

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Hall of Fame #2

Having seen the post about Duck Dunn below, my buddy Jeff Owens at Fender sent me a YouTube clip of Ryane Askew’s cover of 5ive Gears in Reverse — a bass part of mine wholly modeled on Duck Dunn’s playing. So I thought it might be appropriate to have a couple more clips of bass covers on the site.  (Although no-one seems to have picked up on the fact that the repeated melodic figure at the end of this track … Continue reading

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Bruce’s Hall of Fame

  When I posted the clips for my new Profile Signature Model Bass on YouTube, I found quite a few bass players who’ve taken the time to cover some of my parts … because they like them.  Here’s a selection of some of the best … Nice playing, one and all …        

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The ‘Salmon Pink’ Myth

Few things in the vintage guitar market are as confusing as the custom guitar colour often referred to as Salmon Pink.  To understand why, you have to go back to Fender’s paints of the 1950s and 60s and realize they were also the automobile paints of the time.

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Los Angeles, May 1997

The first ever New Labour government had just been elected in England.  On my TV, a Richard Branson impersonator with a gurning grin and a wife with a mouth like a letterbox were glad-handing the peasants near the entrance to Downing Street.  The scene cut back to a weasely-looking man blowing kisses to the crowd and a fat man trying desperately to look like he could move in time to music.  For the time being, I was better off here … Continue reading

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Now That’s What I Call Bass!

Here’s a page to dip into — a selection of great bass lines spanning almost fifty years of popular music — with clips to view of them captured on record, video or in early performance.  Though many of them are ‘old’ they’re still relevant and well worth watching.  All of them had some influence on me. But not only have they influenced me — and that’s why I begin with Evelyn King / ‘Shame’ from 1978.  Then hear how it was deconstructed to … Continue reading

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