Grant Stinnett: All The Things You Are (Amazingly Fast)

Hold on to your hats. Grant Stinnett sent us this video of his smokin’ solo over the jazz standard, “All the Things You Are.” Starting with a solo on top before playing the head, he rips through the tune with a tempo around 330 BPM while playing intense bebop licks along the way.

For the video, Stinnett uses a LeFay Singer six-string bass tuned from a low E to a high F instead of B to C. The bassist explains that it allows him to “play with a jazz guitar sound while at the same time maintaining the essence of bass.”

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  1. Clifton

    Impressive!!! Never thought of tuning my 6 string like that! WOW!!!

  2. John

    Sounds like a guitar….so much for all bass no treble huh?

    • Looks like he’s holding a bass to us! :) As bassists, we’ve come a long way from the days playing quarter notes on the root, in the shadows. We love seeing bassists express themselves in the way they want to on their instrument.

      • Well put Mr. Editors! Michael Manring, Victor Wooten, and Stanley Clark are some of my heroes, and they have been playing in piccolo tuning for as long as I have been alive. I always thought of the phrase “No Treble” as a mind set. A “don’t sweat the small stuff” kind of thing. Or maybe a “don’t sweat the tiny notes from little bitty instruments without fundamental” thing. ;)

  3. Geoff Kovarik

    Better than a lot of guitarists could do — and without a pick! Gives me ideas about that Washburn XB600 sitting in the corner…

    Did he also overdub the bass line and chord comping? Nice work all around.

    • My father Jim Stinnett played the bass lines, and another great bassist from California named Todd Johnson played the chord comping. The group is called “260 and Up!” Three bass players and a drummer. The drummer’s name is Dom Moio. Great guy and wonderful musician.

  4. Fred

    It looks short scale. Is it?

    What gauge strings for the high C and F?

    • The C string is a .30, and the F is a .25. I tried a 20 wound and unwound for the F before, but my goal was to sound like Pat Martino and Wes Montgomery and the wound .25 was the closest to that sound that I could get on my bass. Oh yeah, the bass is a 32 inch scale. That also makes the sound a little warmer. :)

  5. John

    Great..but you still have a Bass player playing the Bass on the track…great chops but it is guitar player frequency…not Bass…..We have come a long way as Bass players….and holding down the low end in a tune is still the Bass players job…looks like he’s holding a Bass…sounds like a guitar

    • Thank you. That’s what I was going for. :) I was asked to be the lead player in this group for several tours in Brazil. I figured that if I could learn to sound like a jazz guitarist on my bass I would be out of the way (frequency wise) of the two other bass players on stage. We will be performing for Bass Festivals in Brazil, Austria, England, and here in the US in the next year, so it needed to be all basses (and drums, but they are just bass minus the harmony any way;)

  6. javi

    Impressive job Grant!!

    Do you teach by any chance? Any literature??

    I`m in Mexico City

    • Thanks Javi! Yes I do teach. I also have downloadable video lessons. My father (who has been teaching bass an Berklee Collage of Music for over 25 years) and I have been working together to create a library of 2-5 minute lessons that cost as little as $1.99. In about a month I will be publishing by first book called “Tapestry” It will be an introduction to tapping on the bass guitar. I also have 12 week online courses available on contemporary techniques for the bass guitar. You can check any of this stuff out at