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Re: Does Geezer Butler play fingerstyle or pick?
3/17/2001 1:54 PM
Bart Loosvelt (164) wrote:
Well, I only recently got to know mister Butler by watching the video of their 'The last supper' tour. I must say I got really impressed, especially the bass solo he plays just before the second tune is really very powerful.
Now, I've watched the video only once till now, so I may have missed some things. But what struck me in his playing is that he uses fingerstyle, but he really spreads all picking fingers quite wide. He in fact seems like stretching all fingers as apart as possible, and then hits the strings quite hard. The effect reminded me somewhat to the ony electronic typewriter thingies that use a single weel with all characters instead of a single hammer for each letter. The entire weel rotates to get the letter in the correct place, then the weel slams against the paper to print. I guess that's the closest thing I can compare his fingerstyle to. He really seems to use his whole hand, with action coming mostly from the wrist as it were. Most of us while picking keep the wrist fairly steady and move only our fingers. Not here. But almighty what a bass player... I knew Sabbath from earlier but it never struck me so hard how powerful their bass was till now.
In the video he also explains that he originally was a rythm guitarist. When joining Sabbath he took over the bass part and, as he said "I didn't really know what the bass was supposed to do and I just started following the guitar". Try and find the video if you want to see and hear more. It's really good.