2013 Reader Favorite Bassists – #9: Simon Fitzpatrick

Editor’s Note: At the end of each year, we tally up all the article and video views on No Treble to come up with a list of top 10 most popular bassists. This is entirely based on readership, not on opinions, polls or anything else. Just having some fun.

Simon Fitzpatrick

Photo credit: Mary Ann Burns

Simon Fitzpatrick makes his first appearance on our annual Reader Favorites list, thanks entirely to his jaw dropping solo bass videos. Three were shared this year, and two from 2012 remained quite popular.

The Carl Palmer Band bassist shared his story with us in 2011, which is worth reading as well.

Simon Fitzpatrick: “Roundabout” Solo Bass

“Roundabout” Solo Bass

Simon Fitzpatrick put together an incredibly intricate solo bass version of the classic Yes track “Roundabout.” After putting it all together with just his bass and his hands, the bassist builds the piece with a looper to lay a superb solo overtop…

Simon Fitzpatrick: “Bohemian Rhapsody” for Solo Bass Guitar

“Bohemian Rhapsody” for Solo Bass Guitar

Almost two years before this one, we featured a video of Simon Fitzpatrick performing a live bass arrangement of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”. Simon is back with a new version, which reminds us of how epic he is…

Simon Fitzpatrick: All Bass Cover of Bastille’s “Pompeii”

All Bass Cover of Bastille’s “Pompeii”

This time around, Simon performs his solo bass arrangement of the Bastille tune “Pompeii”. I wasn’t familiar with that tune, so I checked out the original. And then I was even more impressed with Simon’s performance…

Simon Fitzpatrick: Solo Bass Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

Solo Bass Cover of “Stairway to Heaven”

Simon has done it again with a jaw-dropping version of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven”. This clip comes from a May 22nd performance with the Carl Palmer Band at Stag Theatre in Sevenoaks, Kent. The bassist even covers the guitar solo with one handed tapping while keeping the bass line going…

Simon Fitzpatrick: “Karma Police” for Solo Bass

“Karma Police” for Solo Bass

In this video, Simon is showing off his incredible solo bass arranging and playing skills with an all-bass cover of Radiohead’s “Karma Police”. Simon is playing his 6-string GB Spitfire bass. Awesomeness…

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