IRON MAIDEN's Steve Harris, widely considered one of the greatest bassists of all time, was asked in a new interview with Rockin' Metal Revival if he has ever thought about putting out an instructional video to showcase his playing technique. He responded (hear audio below): "Well, I've never really thought about it. I think these days, with people putting things on YouTube, and even our own stuff — official video stuff — I think you can see stuff that I'm playing. I suppose you're not gonna see everything, because [the camera focus] is changing from person to person. I never really thought about it. To be honest, it's a time factor as well. I mean, there's not enough hours in the day to do [everything I'm] doing now without doing things like that… I suppose, at some point, who knows — I wouldn't rule anything out — but at the moment, I haven't really considered it, to be honest."
According to Bass Player magazine, Harris's trebly tone was considered unconventional for the heavy metal genre when IRON MAIDEN first burst on to the scene in the late 1970s. Steve's now-infamous "gallop" sound — a right-hand, two-finger technique (middle/index) — was created without using a pick.
Asked by Bass Player if he changed anything in his approach or his tone when MAIDEN became a three-guitar band in 1999, Steve said: "No, not really. At first, I was a little concerned. I thought I might have to change my tone to cut through, but I didn't have to change anything. It just worked right off the bat. I suppose it might have been different if the guitar player had never played with us before, but Adrian [Smith] had. It just works naturally very well."
Formed nearly 45 years ago, IRON MAIDEN has released 39 albums, including 16 studio albums, 12 live albums, four extended plays, and seven compilations. Often considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, they also won the Ivor Novello songwriting award for international achievement in 2002.
Last month, IRON MAIDEN announced nearly three dozen shows for next spring and summer as part of its acclaimed "Legacy Of The Beast" tour.