Flea: Master Session – Bass Guitar Lesson
May 29 2014
This video in the series concentrates on the Red Hot Chili Peppers bass guitarist Flea and he is interviewed for the program by his fellow musician and close friend, River. The program is interspersed throughout with recordings of Flea playing musical pieces on his bass guitar accompanied on the drums by Chad Smith.
River encourages Flea to talk about the beginning of his career and how he got started in the music business. Flea talks about his early punk rock band Fear as well as the world-renowned Red Hot Chili Peppers. He mentions the artists who have influenced his own music such as Louis Armstrong and Thelonius Monk and he also describes some of the instruments and equipment he now owns.
Throughout the interview, Flea reveals the techniques, the philosophies and the styles behind his music and he openly describes the procedures he uses whilst on stage. He explains the arts of plucking, droning, slapping, double string plucking, the use of open strings, and how to harmonize with other members of the band. He also describes the warm-up exercises he undertakes before a major gig and once on stage, Flea explains just how important it is to use the bass guitar to communicate your innermost thoughts and feelings to the audience.
Towards the end of the interview, for a bit of light relief, Flea is asked to improvise and make up some music on the spot.
Running time: 00:55:27
Video: DivX 3 480×352 29.97fps 1531Kbps
Audio: MP3 48000Hz stereo 192Kbps
Size: 688 Mb