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Sith Happens

So, Kerry Lathon of Lathon Bass Wear came out with this bangin’ Bass Jedi shirt late 2019, early 2020. I decided to wear it on a trip to Galaxy’s Edge. Photo credit to Lee Britt for catching this pic in Galaxy’s Edge. During the Winter NAMM show, a few folks (along with myself) asked when Read More …

The Space Bass

I’ve been doing a Virtual Open Mic night with my students every other week, frequently featuring various guest performers. Once a month, we do an event called the Fellowship of the Clefs (also nicknamed the East Coast Gun Club.) The Fellowship gets together and tells the stories of our instruments and how we found them….or Read More …

Respect the Clef…

Achievement 1; getting the iPad to be a pretty decent photographer during quarantine! Portrait mode + 10 second timer = not too shabby. #yougotthejob Achievement 2; The real goal was to show off this fab shirt by artist/musician Paul J. Vigeant Jr. Digging this creative and organic bass clef shirt design. I picked this shirt Read More …

Some friends published this great DIY guide – “Thrive and Survive in the Music Business: Learn how to book your band, book a tour and get your royalties”

If you are on my socials, you might remember that time early in quarantine….in my hammock…on my tablet. Editing. Writing. Out in the early spring sunshine. So why should you care? Well, here’s the story….and my part in it starts at Winter NAMM 2019. For the record, Liza Carbe is kickass. So is JP Durand, Read More …

The Sound of COVID-19

“Its protein spike contains three protein chains folded into an intriguing pattern. These structures are too small for the eye to see, but they can be heard. We represented the physical protein structure, with its entangled chains, as interwoven melodies that form a multi-layered composition. The spike protein’s amino acid sequence, its secondary structure patterns, Read More …

Positive Energy Drink

Working on getting a possible “stand up desk” style Skype setup going today. I found this can while cleaning. When I first saw this at AC Moore, it made made me laugh on a particularly rough first day of the RVA Folk Fest. I was nervous, running later than I would have liked, and feeling Read More …

3/22/2020- COVID-19 Journal

I’ve missed more than a few days of entries here.  My schedule…and my whole pacing for my week…and really my whole system of how I do lessons…has gone off the rails for a bit there. I’m getting students (and even some other teachers) migrated over to the online format. Hours and hours of screen time Read More …

COVID-19 Journal – Day 1 – 3/17/2020

Leslie Ann Castro-Woodhouse posted this on her FB page yesterday. This quote will be helpful for context. “As some of you know, I’m a trained historian (PhD, UC Berkeley, 2009). One element I’m especially passionate about is trying to imagine what it was like to live through various moments in time: what was it like Read More …

The win – win for brick and mortar music stores to allow teachers to migrate to online lessons during COVID-19

A thought for the brick and mortar stores considering if online lessons are a wise choice right now. I know brick and mortar locations are deathly afraid of the whole online lesson paradigm. Managers are often quick to point fingers at “online lessons” for “ruining their business”. But yesterday, one store I stopped by had Read More …

2019; It’s a Wrap!

2019. The ending was a bit bumpy, with grandmom’s passing. There were some hard days with a lot of tears this fall. But when you look at the whole year…wow. Just, wow. We opened for Soften the Glare with a new bass-centric project. We pulled content from my solo show, and flushed it out for Read More …

Pepper meets Ananda

I posted about a cat hoarding case earlier this year on social media. And I was were prepping to adopt one of the kittens from that case. First off…kudos to the young lady who is working with around 20 kittens from this case….it involved roughly 100 cats spread over 2 shelters. However this young lady Read More …

Dame Evelyn Glennie

I adore Dame Evelyn Glennie. I see a lot of commonalities in what she talks about…I’m not deaf, but bassists do hear with their bodies. I love collecting instruments. I love feeling music punch through my body. Most musicians know and love that feeling. And to those folks who still believe musicians should not get Read More …

The War of Art

So, I’m blogging this for three reasons… #1 – For all the creative types who thought of pursuing a career in the arts (I do get those in my teaching studio). Usually those folks are isolated and do not have a dirth of support/information/how to manuals on how to do it, let alone understand the Read More …

Changes at the UMW Philharmonic

This made the news recently, in my local area. It would be best to follow the link to the news article before reading the rest of this blog. UMW will not renew contract Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Kevin Bartram I was asked by my private students what I thought of this situation. Especially since I teach Read More …

Setting up the Pedal board and signal path for Fun Home…and how the basses tell the story…

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Consider yourself warned; we’re getting deep into the music nerding today, dear reader. We’ve got more tales from the Fun Home office. Today’s installment; the signal path for 5 basses. And what roles these 5 basses play in the show. I’m running a pedalboard with two Baggs Paraacoustic DIs out. The top chain (with the Read More …

Upcoming Schedule of Shows…

Time for this week’s schedule updates. Tomorrow kicks off week number two of UMW’s production of Fun Home. The remaining FUN HOME shows are are on; Thursday – 11/14, 11/21 – 7:30 PM Friday – 11/15, 11/22 – 7:30 PM Saturday – 11/16, 11/23 – 7:30 PM Sunday – 11/17, 11/24 – 2 PM Head Read More …

The Basses of Fun Home

Sunday’s office was the Sitzprobe at UMW’s Wonder Bread Studios for their production of Fun Home. Consider yourself warned…this post is FULL of bass nerd stuff. Continue on at your own risk. This musical *requires* five basses to play the show. The different basses are called up to help move the story through different decades Read More …

Weekly schedule updates, Celebrating twelve years of Spector in my life, and how I almost owned a red Euro5LX instead of a blue Euro6LX

And, it’s Wednesday again! Time for the upcoming schedule. Here’s where you’ll find me in the coming weeks… NEW BOOKING – Saturday 9/21 – NOVA – The Ashleigh Chevalier Band – LNB Tap House & Grille, 5351 Merchants View Sq, Haymarket, VA 20169, USA 10/11 – 10/13 – Lady Bass Gear will be vending at Read More …

Upcoming schedule for Fall 2019

And, it’s Wednesday again! Here’s where you’ll find me in the coming weeks… Saturday -9/14 – FXBG – Ashleigh Chevalier Band – The Virginia Cider Fest, 2400 Airport Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 – www.vaciderfest.com – 2:30 PM start NEW BOOKING – Saturday 9/14 – FXBG – Ashleigh Chevalier Band – The Colonial Tavern – 406 Read More …

Upcoming schedule…

Here’s where you’ll find me…and my bass guitar…in the coming weeks. 7/18 – 7/20 – Next week is Summer NAMM in Nashville. If you are attending, swing by booth #1133 for a demo of the Gizmotron from Aaron Kipness or myself. www.gizmotron.com 7/18 – Chris Welborn and myself are very proud to be part of Read More …

Gizmotron informal Q&A, live performance clip of “Soul Amputation”

Hey gang…just released a new video. This one happens backstage, pre-show, at Orion Studios, where I’m answering some questions about the Gizmotron unit on my Spector Legend NT. Jefferson Ogata happened to be there…camera in hand…and got this footage of the conversation. The conversation is followed by some live performance clips from “Soul Amputation”. This Read More …

New on Musescore; Killer Queen

A few years ago, I was looking for material on Musescore to use with a Rock For Strings class. I stumbled on a string quartet version of “Killer Queen” and saved it to my hard drive. And it sat dormant for many years as it simply wasn’t used that much. Fast forward a few years Read More …

Creative source….

A parent came in yesterday; a rather cool fellow. Ex military, a drummer, a single dad with two young ladies he’s raising. He’s been following my stories of DIY exploration on Facebook. He told me about a bit of drama that unfolded last weekend. On a major evening. PROM NIGHT. FOR HIS DAUGHTER. AND THE Read More …

Heading home from Glass City

SuperVan 2.0 heads across western Pennsylvania…and we see this. No need for concern folks…we’re ok. Owning a SuperVan is known effective deterrent against Windmill Cancer. #shieldsup In case you are from the far future, and you have no idea what the hell is going in on the popular culture of April 2019…here’s a FAQ on Read More …

New Ginger Bass Mafia rehearsal clip

This time the Gizmotron is at work with my black Spector Legend NT through a Morley Dual Bass wah. Tom Sapp is on drums/percussion and Chris Welborn is on a gorgeous 7 string Warwick bass. Catch us on 4/11 when we open for Soften The Glare. And…we’ve got a new banner graphic with the lineup! Read More …

Welcome…to the Ginger Bass Mafia

The first of some video teasers from the Ginger Bass Mafia rehearsals. Chris Welborn – bass Tom Sapp – drums Brittany Frompovich – bass – with a Gizmotron and a brass slide in play First shows are coming up soon; April 8th in Fairfax VA, then April 11th in FXBG opening for Soften the Glare. Read More …

Enter Anora…

Dear universe, you are simply showing off this month, and I thank you so much for it. Most importantly, I gratefully thank Christopher Cardone and Edo Castro. These gents made this moment possible. Edo wrote me with this thought that resonated deeply; “…weird as it may sound…but it’s like handing someone maps of places they Read More …

Pearl Street Warehouse Show

Video by Jonathan Wiley. A great clip of the Ashleigh Chevalier band in action last night at Pearl Street Live, opening for the Grammy nominated Danielle Nicole and her band. With Ashleigh on raw, soulful vocals/acoustic guitar, Jon crushing it on lead guitar, Toby Fairchild on drums, and yours truly holding down the bass chair. Read More …

Ikigai

I didn’t create this, this is just something I liked. This is very useful and methodical way to examine that life factors that generate happiness. That being said, pardon the ad at the end.

Upcoming shows…

Hey gang, there’s some noteworthy shows coming up. First off, the Ashleigh Chevalier Band is hosting a “Women In The Blues” show at Colonial Tavern in Downtown Fredericksburg. Then we’re headed into DC to open for the Danielle Nicole Band. Lastly, the Ginger Bass Mafia (a project with Chris Welborn and myself) will be opening Read More …

Geronimo

So, one of my 2019 goals is to make some of my string orchestra arrangements available online. I might also post some of my solo bass arrangements as well as time goes on. I’m kicking things off with “Geronimo”. This is a string orchestra arrangement of The Wedding of River Song, The Doctor Who Theme, Read More …

A Work in Progress…

Oliver Kriska – electric violin, viola Dave Hills – electric cello Brittany Frompovich – bass guitar Many thanks to NS Design, Willcox Guitars (makers of Lightwave basses) GHS Strings, Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamps, and Gizmotron for making this possible. Please visit these sites and check out what they have to offer: NSDesign: https://thinkns.com/ Willcox Read More …

More Adventures with the Gizmotron

Today’s Gizmotron/Lightwave report…. I wanted to use the “diesel truck coming for your soul sound” of the current Gizmotron setup in a track. I had already been searching for a sustained “alien war machine” type of sound. Mechanical, sustained, unsettled, intense, and authoritative. This just nailed it. I don’t want to share the whole track Read More …

Enter the Gizmotron 2.0

Betcha you didn’t see this combination coming…. The wheels are not aligned quite correctly yet. However, the noisy, clattery sound begged to be explored before I finished a proper alignment. Add two distortion pedals….yeah, it’s like a diesel truck, coming for your soul. 😈 Gear on and off camera used in this clip; Lightwave Saber Read More …

Working on a track with Ben Titus…

Here’s a snippet of Ben Titus working on a track with me in my home studio. He’s got a Skjold Drakkar Catacomb 6, a Line 6 Helix pedalboard, the Plus pedal by Gamechanger Audio, and GHS Progressives on the bass. #skjold #skjoldbasses #ghs #ghsstrings #ghsartists #skjolddesign #skjolddesignguitars #ghsprogressives #ghsprogressivesbass #gamechangeraudio #gamechangeraudiopluspedal #pluspedal #line6helix #thesewalls

The Better Side of Teaching…

This is one of the best parts of my job; pairing up donated gear with students. Aiden very recently started playing bass. She’s already a very talented cellist. However she came to the realization that playing bass will better serve her musical goals. And better yet….she wants to be a doubler so she can be Read More …

Isolation Wedges In My Home Studio…

Well, I decided to give isolation wedges a try on my Mackie HR824 monitors. If you are like most folks…it’s a bit natural to wonder “Do these really work?” Physics stands behind the idea that they should. But let’s face it…most folks (myself included) need to see (or in this case…hear) the proof. The science Read More …