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Official blog of Bas Verkooijen


Photography Posted on Sat, November 27, 2010 01:07:51

Being a musician, it’s only logical to photograph other musicians. It’s a real challenge to make a nice shot. Both the lighting and the action on stage make it a kind of a sport to shoot a nice picture.


Changing strings

Chapman Stick Posted on Sat, November 27, 2010 00:24:43

A couple of days ago, I attempted to change the strings of my stick myself for the first time. Although I am used to change strings on a bass, this is new to me.

The bridge is pretty different and ofcourse the solid steel strings are new for me.

After having some trouble keeping the bridge end of the string in place while placing the string on the tuning post, I found a way to make it easier. On a bass or guitar, the string ball end is usually inserted through a hole, which holds the string in place. This is not the case on the stick. The bridge has v-shaped cutouts in which to insert the strings and so they can easily pop out when changing a string. A little piece of ducttape solves the problem 🙂

I managed to replace the first string (0.10) without breaking it ! That was a first for me !

After tuning up, I started playing and wow, were my old strings old or what ? The new strings have some much definition that I have to change some settings on my POD X3. Lesson learned ? Oh yes, don’t play too long with one set of strings !!



First blog

Everything else Posted on Sat, November 27, 2010 00:17:25

I guess this is the most obvious first blog post to make.