Originally Posted by Stephen B.
Thank you for doing this.
I was wondering if you could talk a little about Charlie Hunter's bass/guitar work on Voodoo. I notice he gets some writing credits on a couple of the tunes. Does this mean that D'angelo had less specific bass parts in mind than on the tracks Pino played on?
Also, I'm wondering what different production approaches you take when the bass and guitar part are being played simultaneously.
nice one man
! i like your title, 'the other bass player". no one has mentioned him and i'm glad you did! i watched him play these songs and i still can't believe he did it. for those of you that don't know charlie's playing; he plays a custom 8 string guitar/bass combo. top 3 strings are bass (E, A, D) and 5 string guitar just underneath (E, A, D, G, B). he's got seperate pick ups for the low and high strings and each pick up has seperate outputs as well.
" and "greatdayinthemornin
" (which was a seperate song from "booty" that we spliced in to make one song) came from them jamming out. charlie came up with the guitar and bass parts for "the root" inspired by some jamming they were doing on some hendrix songs.
' was all D. it was charlie's last day in the studio and towards the end of the session. D came to me and said "what else can we do? were there any songs that charlie would be good for?". and i remember D playing "spanish joint" for me on the piano one day. he didnt have a demo of it but it was just in his head. so i when i suggested it, D gave me a big smile and said, "i forgot about that one" and went right to the piano and showed charlie the song. charlie killed that song as well. that solo section is really him playing bass and the solo at the same time, no overdub!
but the answer to your question "I'm wondering what different production approaches you take when the bass and guitar part are being played simultaneously." i had the seperate outputs from his guitar (as mentioned above) going to a seperate bass and guitar amp. so i basically treated them like i would for bass or guitar on voodoo. there was slight bleeding into each other from the pickups in close proximity to each other, but enough seperation for me to manage a good sound on both.