paul mccartney

The veteran upright and electric bassist joins Dipped In Tone to talk outside-the-box songwriting strategies, melody versus theory, and how Irish fiddle music helped her learn electric bass.

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The Walrus Was Paul
Originally developed to appeal to both acoustic and electric players, the Hofner 500/1 turned to more aggressive tones in its 1967 iteration.

The Hofner 500/1 violin bass has been McCartney’s career-long sidekick. Let’s spotlight a 1967 model.

Paul McCartney has seemed unstoppable since he returned to touring in 2009 after a four-year break. But then … COVID. Which stopped everybody. Although not entirely. Like many others, McCartney spent his 2020 “rockdown," as he calls it, writing the songs and playing all the instruments for his new album, McCartney III.

I'm guessing that among those instruments was his beloved 1963 Hofner 500/1 violin bass—his main axe with the Beatles, and all of his work, including tours, since he took it out of mothballs for his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt.

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Recorded in "rockdown," the album was mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing and drumming atop that foundation.

(October 22, 2020) -- 2020 marks 50 years since Paul McCartney released his self-titled first solo album. Featuring Paul playing every instrument and writing and recording every song, McCartney’s effortless charms have only grown in stature and influence over time. The chart-topping album would signify not only a creative rebirth for Paul, but also as a template for generations of indie and lo-fi musicians seeking to emulate its warm homespun vibe and timeless tunes including Maybe I’m Amazed, Every Night and The Lovely Linda.

The 1970s saw Paul forming his second band Wings and dominating the charts, stages and airwaves of the world, with multiple #1 singles, sold-out world tours, multi-million-selling albums including Band on the Run, Venus and Mars, Wings at the Speed of Sound, London Town and more. In 1980,10 years from the release of McCartney, Paul wrapped up the decade of Wings with the surprise release of his second solo album, the electronic-tinged McCartney II. Once again featuring Paul entirely on his own, McCartney II would come to be regarded as a leftfield classic, with classic cuts such as Coming Up, Temporary Secretary and Waterfalls.

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