Working on demos….

Working on demos between lessons tonight. A good excuse to try another DAW for a few hours and see if I like it. One of the bands I’m in liked a cover from my solo show, so they decided they wanted to join in. This is a cover of “Ain’t No Sunshine”, performed with the Read More …

Give Me One Reason

This past weekend, I had my first outing with the Ashleigh Chevalier band in a long time. We had roughly six months off as Ashleigh had fractured her wrist while we out on the tour earlier this year. And then she fractured it…again. What were the chances, right? Well, thankfully, she’s been on the mend. Read More …

Intergalactic Ashula – part 2

And, we’re back for part two in the the evolution of the Intergalactic Ashula. Brief recap of part 1; Maiven McKnight, the Aerosol Queen, and the Ashula drew quite a crowd during Fredericksburg’s Art Attack. You can see Maiven painting the back of the bass here. I got the bass home and it was apparent Read More …

Walnut Jazz Bass Videos

So, by request, I put together some footage of the new bass in action this past weekend. I’m still getting used to the neck, so forgive the moments where I’m still getting my footing with this bass. The first 1:22 is all pics from the build, including some new ones. Jump to 1:24 to see Read More …

Lady Bass Music Teaching Studio News You Can Use

The summer session of Rock For Strings kicks off this week. Here’s some pics from our most recent performance at the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon; http://www.blog.ladybassmusic.net/?p=616 We are looking for acoustic and electric string players, violinists, violists, cellists and double bassists of all ages and skill levels. We will be performing rock, pop and Read More …

Steampunk/Relic Headless Project Bass

This bass had a hard life, so here’s hoping it’s going on to better things. Since I’m waiting a few more days for the pickups to arrive to finish the walnut Jazz bass build, I figured I would start the next project bass in the queue. This poor thing has been through A LOT before Read More …

Gauntlets

Reading about Wonder Woman today. I’m a long time fan…her story just resonates with me. So like many folks, I’m looking forward to the movie release this week. Her story is long overdue to be told on the big screen. BTW, all the Wonder Woman images are copyright Warner Brothers, not mine. I’m just borrowing Read More …

“What’s it like?”

“What’s it like?” I figured I’d do something different for this blog and revisit a blog post I originally wrote Monday May 14th, 2007. I’ve updated it some as well with new perspectives and ideas as it’s been a few years and many more experiences were had since this was first written. So many folks Read More …

DKRE – studio footage

Band at work…studio “office”…trying to get a track done. We were working at the studio at UMW on this particular day. Double Koru Rock Ensemble is; Oliver Kriska – violin Dave Hills – cello JB Hope – guitar Bart Balderson – drums Brittany Frompovich – bass

Enrollment for RSMC will close soon….

NoVa, Richmond, Fredericksburg folks…this is a great weeklong day camp for music that I teach at every summer for young people. It’s immersive and intense…which promotes a lot of growth for the campers in a short time. The enrollment deadline is coming up. Check out the details at their website. www.rsmusiccamp.com

Lady Bass Music News – 4/30/17 – Part 2

Part two of the previous blog post….thanks for staying with me to part 2. 🙂 Another new bass joined my cartage of instruments recently. MANY THANKS to Chris Willcox and LightWave for this beauty! It arrived as a practice with my drummer was concluding. Man…after the unboxing, and a lot of “ooos and ahhhhss” from Read More …

Video from the new Trio Project

Last week, I decided to do something different for my solo bass show at Adventure Brewing Company South. I invited special guests Bruce Middle (guitar) and Bart Balderson (drums) to join me on the gig as a trio. We covered my solo bass arrangement of Eleanor Rigby, which someone described as “the Eleanor Rigby superjam”….running Read More …

DKRE Kashmir Cover Video

It was a busy Christmas “break”; two rehearsals and then lessons on Monday,  a 13 hour day in the studio on Tuesday, and then Wednesday night a “promotional” appearance at Doughtery’s Tavern to generate interest in our New Year’s Eve show. Here’s some video from the promo event;  

Shenanigans

We’re backstage, at the start of a show. The Edwin Drood pit orchestra. We’re in a “loft-pit”, as I’ve come to call it…a second story loft that is above the stage area. This pit is not visible to the audience, so shenanigans do occur. I’m sitting on the floor next to my bass. It’s a Read More …

RIP Leonard Cohen

“There’s a blaze of light In every word It doesn’t matter which you heard The holy or the broken Hallelujah” RIP, and thank you for the music. You created one of my favorite songs to cover.  A song that harkens to spacious scaredness of a heart rendered tender by brokenness, a heart rendered tender by Read More …

Wear your arrows….

Life changes us. Wear your scars and arrows. They landed to scar you, change you, create something new…to change the course of your life for the better. I usually don’t post memes, but this resonates this week as I watch people around me struggling with various but necessary changes in their lives.  My favorite part Read More …

Flow State…

11/6/2016 – Tech week for Drood has passed, plus the opening night and the first weekend…8 days.  Last Saturday feels like a solid MONTH ago.  A million things have happened….teaching, tech week, load in, sound checks, preps for a recording session, practicing, another gig in Leesburg, booking gigs…the list goes on. Looking in my recycle Read More …

Why Is Music Important? (uncut version)….

I did this interview almost a year ago, and I am seriously grateful to Brent-Anthony Johnson for the opportunity. The published version is online here. The original interview I typed out was almost 10 pages long….way too much for an interview online and shorter attention spans. However, a few folks saw the original copy and Read More …

The Devaluation of Music….

10/12/2016 – Interesting read (see the article at the end of this post). I’ve seen this “devaluation” most clearly in some of the attitudes of the music students I have taught. This isn’t all the students, obviously. And if you’ve signed up for lessons, you probably care more than most folks.  But there are these Read More …