Benjamin Strange did a great job of describing the crafting and installation process on his site, so I’ll focus here on why I actually did it. My practice (and there’s NEVER enough practice, but I’m doing what I can) focused recently on right-hand technique, including picking techniques from Matthew Garrison, Steve DiGorgio, and Alex Webster). And I’d been intrigued… Read more →
Part of trying to use too many toys is finding out how they work together. And part of moving into a new place is discovering all kinds of fun buzzing and grounding issues. So I’ve spent the past few months trying to locate the best places to place gear and try out configurations of pedals. My usually reliable Q-tron had… Read more →
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a good portion of my Saturday learning more about my instrument from the technical side instead of the musical side. Strange Guitarworks in New Orleans presents a setup workshop the first Saturday of every month, and I was lucky enough to be part of the first class. Check out Benjamin’s thoughts on the… Read more →
Many bassists (including myself) don’t change the strings on some of their basses very often. My main players get a regular rotation, but the flatwounds on my fretless are . . . vintage. When they do come off the instrument, though, they’re usually useless to the player. In my case, I usually cut them at the tuning peg for easy… Read more →
Just some quick notes on this: four tracks of bass slap bass attempting to replicate a bass and snare drum palm-muted and thumbed bass for the bass line some chords in there the lead line I play the wrong instrument to be in a brass band, so I had to make some adjustments I’m a transplant – please forgive any… Read more →
Nope, I’m not shipping jobs overseas. However, Wiley Publishing recently licensed my book Teach Yourself VISUALLY Bass Guitar to receive a Chinese translation and publish, expected some time next year. Honestly, I just want to see what it ends up looking like. I’m also hoping for a press tour – not likely, but I can dream.
For the most part, I’m here and functional in my new home of New Orleans. Moving a ton of musical gear is never an easy feat, but compressing it into a smaller area than before is truly a challenge. On the plus side, I managed to turn up three or four pedal power adapters I’d forgotten about – that pedal… Read more →
No sound samples coming from this one, but that’s not really the point. This bass represents a triumph, a huge success. Make a note of it. And hope it doesn’t drop through any holes in space or something. If you lose the bass, you don’t get any cake.
Many months ago, I sold my Digitech Bass Whammy pedal to some lucky soul in Detroit. It was a cool effect, but I just didn’t use it that much. I didn’t really expect the effect to come back into my life (and that particular pedal hasn’t – just the overall effect), but Reason’s Polar has done just that. Check out… Read more →
I picked up the Electro-Harmonix Steel Leather pedal more on a whim (with available store credit) than anything else. Bassists usually emphasize compression (making the notes more level overall volume-wise) over expansion (making louder notes louder), and I’m not needing to cut through any metal-crazed mixes any time soon (the advertised reason for the pedal’s existence). I’m finding that a… Read more →