Shane Lentz: Bass Solo, Tapping, Shredding

In this video, bassist Shane Lentz shows off a bunch of the bass parts for tunes played by his band, Kamikabe. Hold on to your hat!

Shane’s bass is tuned down several steps, with lowered action and Dean Markley Blue Steel 45 – 105 bass strings.

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  1. Wow, Impressive technique. absolutely soulless but lots of notes played impeccably clean and cleanly stripped of all trace of feel and emotion.

  2. John Vinter

    Very spot on, Thom!

    This band apparently plays technical etudes to impress their audience, instead of composing and playing music. Sad somehow!

    But as you said – very impressive technique indeed!

  3. Edward Hampton

    I don’t think that you realize this is a video for the replacement bassist in Kamikabe. Not a show off video. Outside of metal he is an extraordinary bassist. I’ve seen him play.

  4. Chris

    Who ever said that metal was about the emotion behind every note?

  5. Phelan

    I’d like to quote Stravinsky.
    Most people like music because it gives them certain emotions such as joy, grief, sadness, and image of nature, a subject for daydreams or – still better – oblivion from “everyday life”. They want a drug – dope -…. Music would not be worth much if it were reduced to such an end. When people have learned to love music for itself, when they listen with other ears, their enjoyment will be of a far higher and more potent order, and they will be able to judge it on a higher plane and realise its intrinsic value.
    Technical etudes are music, composed and everything. “Soul” is a very easy thing to hide behind when you’re intimidated. It’s ok. Great Job, Shane!

  6. Ryan

    woahhhh that’s my bass haha :P

  7. John Vinter

    Using quotes doesn’t realy make sense, if you don’t have a clue about what they mean, or the time and environment in which they arose.

    Stravinsky was rebelling against the “Program music” that Berlioz, Tjaikovsky, Dvo?ák, Grieg, Sibelius and other composers had made very popular in the late Romantic periode he grew up in.
    Program music filled with IdeeFixes (certain melodic lines symbolizing certain persons e.g.)and other symbolism. The music had a layer of “telling a story” – a story you had to know about, to get the full outcome of the music.
    THIS was what Stravinsky was criticizing in the quoted statement. He wanted music back to music for its own sake.

    Etudes are of course “music” in the sense vibrations organized in a manner recognizable by humans as “music”
    Nevertheless technical etudes are “composed” not to make good music for an audience – but to improve the skills of the musician playing them. If somebody “gets high” by listening to that, what does that make this so called “music” – but A DRUG!

    I’m just not like that – I don’t get high listening to technical etudes (no matter how well they are played) – I get high listening to good music!