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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Fever - is it best playing the on the one string or not

windmill
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older,better
Aug 11th, 2019 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hello

Just working a version of Peggy Lee's Fever and was wondering what other players do.

Do you play the A and C on the low E and the E on the A string

or play the A on the E string, the C on the A string and the E on the D string ?

Is does one way give a more "authentic" sound than the other ?

Enquiring minds would like to know

Thanks

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Aug 12th, 2019 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I frequently get to play Fever at a fun private jam where there are different players and singers at every session. I kinda go by the vibe of that group. I usually will play the strings both ways as you describe.
On the original Peggy Lee recording, the bass line stays pretty simple and consistent. I keep that in mind although I like to work it a little more than just the same riff over and over. A lot depends on what the singer and the drummer are doing at that particular session.

Edited to add: RE: your note over at Moe's about this forum. I check in here often and did not see any change in last few days. Sub topics were visible and seemed accessible as usual. I'm on a desktop running Firefox with Windows 8.1

(This message was last edited by digiboy at 08:54 AM, Aug 12th, 2019)

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Aug 12th, 2019 07:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm not sure about authentic sounding, but I would play A (E fret 5), C (A fret 3) and E (A fret 7).

I've never liked hitting a 3rd of an arpeggio by moving up the same string as the root. Also, I always visualize the 5th as 2 frets above the root on the next higher string, but that's just me.

(This message was last edited by themaestro at 11:55 AM, Aug 12th, 2019)

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Aug 12th, 2019 11:41 AM   Edit   Profile  

More like your second example, but I walk up from the E, G to the A . We’re doing more of a Ray Charles version.

Interesting bass line in Peggie Lee’s version, I’m going to have to study that one a bit.

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Aug 12th, 2019 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile  

Hope you guys are all playing the 2 modulations like the PL version. Worth doing, lets the bass breath and adds a little more "heat."

digiboy
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Aug 12th, 2019 03:46 PM   Edit   Profile  

Of course no one is going to top this version

Fever done right

windmill
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older,better
Aug 12th, 2019 04:35 PM   Edit   Profile  

Oh Digiboy, that was a good get

but you have sidetracked me here.

I was reminded of this inspirational performance of another traditional tune,

The Leprechaun Brothers

(This message was last edited by windmill at 06:36 PM, Aug 12th, 2019)

Danny Nader

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Aug 12th, 2019 10:19 PM   Edit   Profile  

Then there's the original!

Little Willie John

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Aug 13th, 2019 01:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

Well this thread wouldn't be complete without including the link below. Apology in advance, somebody was bound to do it. Only a matter of time. Guess it's gonna be me. In truth it's really not all that bad.

To me the Peggy Lee version is definitive, but I sure do like the original Little Willie John track. Never actually heard it before. Thanks Danny!

Hang on, it's Rick Derringer

windmill
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older,better
Aug 13th, 2019 04:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks for both those videos

Both good in their own way



Danny Nader

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Aug 14th, 2019 10:02 PM   Edit   Profile  

digiboy,

The Peggy Lee cover owes a lot to the Little Willie John original. Lots! Glad you liked it. Quite a few tunes started on small labels like King. However, King was a 'small' powerhouse! James Brown, Freddie King, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and more.

Danny

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(This message was last edited by Danny Nader at 12:04 AM, Aug 15th, 2019)

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