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 …

Art Attack in the News!

Lots of time with a bass in my hands tomorrow. (Saturday 9/22/18). First off, I’ll be performing as part of Art Attack in downtown Frederickburg from 10 AM – 2 PM. I’ll be located near or in front of 902 Caroline Street. I’ll be leaving Art Attack a little early (the entire event ends at Read More …

Nitewalker News…

After a few months of using the Nitewalker Preamp in both live shows and in my home studio, using a range of electric basses and electric strings, I’m proud to announce I’ve joined the Nitewalker family. Thank you Cliff Latshaw! Stay tuned for more about the Nitewalker…in the meantime, check them out here.

Luminaria Photography follow up….

Thanks for all the positive feedback from folks on my Memorial Day weekend shoot at the Fredericksburg National Cemetery. Really appreciated the shares and the kind words. My phone was blowing up for a few days across social media, email AND text because of these pics. Glad it inspired folks. It was a bit of Read More …

The Fallacy Of “Strong” People

Friday night, during the recent storms, there was a car accident on Courthouse Road. A car got T boned. The car struck; that guy was very lucky to be alive and walk away. The girl in the other car was sitting on the road when I arrived, bleeding from her right leg. I’m no doctor, Read More …

D’Agastino Flying V Bass

We’re in the home stretch with the mods on this. When this bass came in, it had a cracked nut, a broken 3 way switch, a warped backplate, a missing knob, no shielding, some interior wiring done with twist nuts….(yikes)…you get the idea. Good intentions, poor execution. A previous owner pulled the original pups and Read More …

Creative Source

A parent came in yesterday; cool fellow. 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 CAR BREAKS DOWN. This is BAD folks. He’s telling me the story of the ordeal…and Read More …

More Pedalboard mods

‪ No tweaks to my tone or pedals today; this mod was purely to make me smile. #diypedalboard The LEDs add a little bit of noise to the signal chain; but it’s barely noticeable when playing at volume, and certainly not noticeable in a rock setting.

Pedal board rebuild

This seems to happen every 6 months…the pedalboard undergoes another evolutionary step. Or an experiment happens. Either way, it’s a good thing, ultimately. I’m sure this board will go on a diet (which we all know…those never last..LOL), or perhaps I’ll endeavor to put together a pair of travel boards at some point. Before: After: Read More …

Progress on the Steampunk Bass Build

Last summer, I left this bass off with new parts. I managed to concoct a coat of paint that was a blend of copper and bronze, so it would simulate aged copper. However, I didn’t really know how to get other aspects of the look I wanted. Like the reflective surface of copper and the Read More …

More info on the Glass City Get Down!

Here’s more info about the Glass City Get Down / Glass City Low Down in Toledo in April. Honored to be in this lineup of great players for the bass showcase…and what a cool cause! ‬I’ll be bringing Lady Bass Gear to the party as well.

Glass City Get Down – April 2018!

I’ll be getting on the road again…my looper in one hand, bass in the other. My next trip takes me to Toledo, for the Glass City Get Down and Bass Showcase. They are assembling an impressive lineup of players for the event, and I am honored and humbled to be included. Here’s some info from Read More …

More DIY Projects….

I’m back with another installment of DIY projects for musicians. Here goes… I’m big on DIY pedalboards, which works very well at this time in my life. I’ve been having discussions with folks online about DIY boards. So here’s a few projects that surfaced… Pedalboard one was built by a guitarist who is a huge Read More …

Documentary Update….

Hi folks, Things have been intentionally pretty quiet on this front (matters regarding the documentary) for awhile, so I appreciate your patience. Given some events in the past six months, I’ve decided to take creative control of this project. Things like that sometimes happen. I plan on giving my former partner for this project credit Read More …

Video Feature on NoTreble.com

Well this is a great way to kick off the new year. Sending a thank you to the folks at NoTreble for featuring our video! As my partner in crime, Ben Titus has said of this, “If you like The Tedeschi Trucks Band, bass, and vocals… or even if you’re unclear, check this!” Add looping, Read More …

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 …