The next cover I’m working on is Sting’s Moon Over Bourbon Street, because I absolutely love that song. Anyway, I’m fairly certain it was played on an upright, and I’d like to get my tone as close to that as possible.
So far, I’m playing it on my Carvin B40 “jazz” (not by Fender standards, but it’s got two J99 single coil pickups) bass. I’m using the neck pickup only, with tone at about 10% or so. That’s making it close, at least to my ears.
I could swap to some flats, but I don’t want to spend money on strings I’m only going to use once.
I’m recording into Reaper, so is there anything I can do there?
This song was a prime example of Sting going back to the jazz roots from which he started. Interestingly, in concert he chose not to play the double bass, leaving that to one of his band mates, probably so could concentrate on singing.
They won’t. They are too narrow to put in the strings near the bridge. And you don’t want to dampen too much anyway. These are for above the nut to dampen vibration etc. or, people put them just below the nut when they want to slap and not mute well when their playing is meh.
Kitchen sponge in a pinch is good. Just cut it down to 1/2 inch or so wide.