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 →
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.
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 →
Please tell me why we don’t have a sample for this instrument yet. I’m intensely curious as to the tonal properties of early-80s-era injection-molded plastic casing. Also, since there are no tuning knobs on the bridge, I’m guessing it has a regular headstock. Which is a shame. Given the vintage of this instrument, it should feature a headless design. And… Read more →
Aside from the fine clinic to be taken in (and it was – great insight into tone and playing as a unit), part of the reason I traveled to Ft. Wayne Monday evening for Bryan Beller’s bass clinic was the fact that I knew I’d be missing the Indianapolis stop for his band the Aristocrats. Beller is a fine bassist… Read more →
Take the 5-string bass you’ve been playing for a decade and restring it with a high C instead of a low B. Nothing groundbreaking here – it’s good enough for Matthew Garrison, Steve Swallow, and Janek Gwizdala (among others). But man, it’s messing with my head. Having the extra high end makes for easier chording and more defined melody lines,… Read more →
Not the site at all, mind you – just my ability to actually put together an album in one month. Not sure if I’m going to blame a rather busy freelance writing schedule this month or the fact that I’m a first-time songwriter in this regard, but there it is. Got starts on three songs, nothing recorded, and definitely not… Read more →