Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

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Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby jfh2424 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 12:55 pm

Hi guys, I'm going to be auditionning for a Maiden tribute band. Here is a link to the band.

http://www.myspace.com/powerslavestribute

I've been combing the web to find transcriptions. Here's what I've found:

http://search.barnesandnoble.com/bookse ... n%2DMaiden

http://www.bassbooks.com/shopping/shopexd.asp?id=665

Anyone have any experience with these books? Are they reasonably accurate?

Strangely, I haven't found transcription books of entire albums, although they must exist somewhere. Has anyone seen them?

Thanks!

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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby GonzoBass » Fri Jul 31, 2009 1:46 pm

There are a couple more listed on Amazon.

I had this one back in the day-

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These books can get you in the ballpark
but are usually someone's interpretation.
I think I learned more by going at it by ear.

I recall this one's TAB being completely written in the first position.
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Best of luck with the audition!
Sounds like a fun project for sure.

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be sure to post.
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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby jfh2424 » Fri Jul 31, 2009 3:03 pm

Gonzo, thanks for the help. But when I go on amazon.com and I type in Iron Maiden Bass Books or Bass Transcriptions I always get the same two books I posted up top. What do you type to get the Number of the Beast bass book?

Thanks a million!

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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby GonzoBass » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:41 pm

Try just entering Iron Maiden.

Some of these say they are for guitar
but here again,
it would get you in the ballpark.
(Especially as much as Maiden doubles bass/guitar riffs)

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This one looks interesting though-

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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby spideyjg » Fri Jul 31, 2009 7:19 pm

As I recall Wanda told me all the books are chock full of flaws, I'll ask tomorrow, so as Gonzo said they just may get you in the area but trust your ears as to what is right.

Be sure to nail the holy trinity of Run to the Hills, Trooper, and # of the Beast.

Got a split coil bass with fresh flats? A big plus will be sounding like Steve for the audition. Any tribute band will be attended by the hardest of the hardcore fans. Any flubs they will catch them.

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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby Freddels » Fri Jul 31, 2009 8:40 pm

I'm probably out of the loop (well, no probably about it). Anyway, is there really a large audience for Iron Maiden Tribute bands? I understand the draw to the Iron Maidens as there more attraction going on there besides the music. [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]

Just wondering.
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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby harleyyy » Fri Jul 31, 2009 10:14 pm

Freddels wrote: Anyway, is there really a large audience for Iron Maiden Tribute bands? [smilie=grinning-smiley-044.gif]

Just wondering.


These guys seem to have a real good draw, despite tempo issues and clickity clack....

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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby jfh2424 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 4:58 am

Hi guys, there is some draw for them here in Montreal. But I wouldn't say they are the busiest of all bands. This won't be my most profitable gig. Yet their fans seem to be into it, from what I can tell by the pictures below.

I'd love to take my SB2 to the audition, but the guys really want a Fender P, so that's what I'm going to do. Their previous bassist didn't have one, wouldn't buy one and that was one reason why he is gone. Man, if I get it and the band makes enough cash, I'm going to modify a P to include a SB2 pickup and use that. Has anyone done it before? Is it possible?

I'm going to have to buy those Steve Harris Flats that are absolutely the stiffest strings I have ever played. I really didn't dig them and had to redo the action on my bass when I had them last. I wound up trading them off.

The Steve Harris sound is tough to get, man. Lots of lows and lots of high end too. The P with QP will get the lows but the high end, right now, is not there. Hopefully the strings will help. The SB2 can get that tone much better.

Spidey, thanks for asking Wanda. I shot her off an email yesterday asking her about which transcriptions are the best, using the adress on the Iron Maidens website. I don't know if she even gets those emails, though.

Yeah, I know about the problem of accuracies in the transcriptions. Still, there must be realitively accurate ones somewhere. Maiden must be on the bands that are the most tributed! I realize I'm still going to have to use my ears, too. I got a transcrition for Powerslave and it really helped. In the beginning of the quiet part, Steve does something behind the guitars that I couldn't really hear. The transcription offered a good idea of what it could be. Sheet music also allows me to work on my sight reading.

Anyways, thanks of the help, guys!

John
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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby GonzoBass » Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:49 am

I'd like to see the audition set list when you get it.
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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby spideyjg » Sat Aug 01, 2009 11:09 am

The strings will make a huge difference. I slapped a set on my SB-1 and it is all over that SH sound. Steve also runs full range 12" speakers.

On my 400RB using the SB-1 into an Epifani 1X12 these settings would match the Piece of Mind sound...

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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby jfh2424 » Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:44 pm

The setlist is the Live After Death set, the same as the DVD. On the myspace link, you can read that they will be reproducing the same stage too. The idea is to do the exact same thing down to the movements on stage. Sounds pretty extreeme.

Spidey, thanks for the heads up about the gear. I have GK 1001 rb, but I am running it through 2 2x10 Eden XLTs. I will try the same settings that you gave me.

I gotta get those strings! I agree that they should make a big difference in the sound. Interestingly enough, if you listen to the Live After Death DVD and the Rock in Rio DVD, he doesn't have the same sound. The amount of treble isn't the same. He seems to have more treble live than in the studio, too.
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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby jfh2424 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 9:09 am

Spidey, I know you had a 50s Classic P. Have you ever put the Steve Harris Flats on it and used the same GK settings? Did it come close to the IM sound?

John
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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby spideyjg » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:26 pm

jfh2424 wrote:Spidey, I know you had a 50s Classic P. Have you ever put the Steve Harris Flats on it and used the same GK settings? Did it come close to the IM sound?

John


I did? When? [smilie=coz.gif] [smilie=cheeky-smiley-025.gif] The only Fenders I have are the 80's P special and the project P.

The only thing I tried them on is the SB-2. Steve does have a 50's P along with his 70's so it should get you mostly there.

Crank an IM CD on the home stereo and tweak your amp until you blend just right.

BTW Wanda said the books she looked at were off enough she didn't buy any and just went by ear.

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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby jfh2424 » Mon Aug 03, 2009 4:45 pm

Thank you so much for asking her, Spidey, I really appreciate it. It's kind of you to do that.

Yep, I guess I will be using the old ears. Hard to develop reading charts when I keep getting these kinds of projects.

Sorry, I thought you had bought a 50s P. Maybe it was Templar, then.

Steve actually has a classic P? I did not know that. I thought he always used the same bass but repainted it.

Thanks again!

John
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Re: Auditionning for Maiden tribute band and I need some help!

Postby jfh2424 » Tue Sep 08, 2009 3:41 pm

On my way to the audition, boys!

Man, they are auditionning 7 other bassists...we'll see!

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