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Short Bio:

 

Brittany Frompovich is a highly regarded teacher, clinician, multi-instrumentalist, and musician who currently resides in the Northern Virginia region. Jazz luminary Gerald Veasley introduced her to bassist Jimmy Haslip as “a beautiful player on both electric bass and double bass.” Her clients describe her as a consummate professional. Her band mates describe her playing as “highly creative”, “solid”, and “beautiful”. Her solo performances are unique, poignant, earthy, organic and highly creative.

 

As a working bassist, she regularly does shows on double bass, electric bass, and guitar, covering a wide range of genres. She is often called for pit work for choral and music theater productions. She has shared the stage with Ron Holloway, Jason Everett, Ashleigh Chevalier, Tyler Reese, Bruce Middle, Michael Dimin, Jon Wiley, Stewart McKinsey, Darren Michaels, Aaron Gibson, Edo Castro, Scott Varney, Scott Fernandes, Bill Clements, Trip Wamsley, Kent Beatty, and Toby Fairchild. As a solo bassist and solo artist she has opened for UK solo bassist Steve Lawson. As a bassist in a band setting, she has opened for the Grammy nominated Danielle Nicole Band. She has even been granted opportunities to open for the legendary rock band, Heart, and the instrumental prog band, Soften the Glare.

 

She has performed and given clinics at Musicians Institute, NAMM, Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp, BassBreak Live, Adam Nitti’s Music Dojo, The Bass Coalition’s Summer Workshop, LoHio, the Washington Music Bass Day Summit, DeepGroove Bass Day, The Virginia Bass Forum, and numerous private events. She has been featured as a clinician at bass community events alongside artists like Bryan Beller, Adam Nitti, David Dyson, Steve Jenkins, Anthony Wellington, Norm Stockton, Donovan Stokes, and Rufus Reid. Her clinics inspire professional and novice musicians alike.

 

Ms. Frompovich is a exceptional and gifted private teacher; her students wholeheartedly recommending her to potential students without reservation. As a multi-instrumentalist, she teaches lessons on cello, double bass, electric bass, and guitar. She successfully teaches both recreational music makers and serious students who have started their own careers in music:

 

“Brittany is a consummate musician and educator. Her commitment to the art and her students is unparalleled! The dedication she shows to her students as well as the bass community has set an example for many others to follow.”

 

– Mike Dimin, bassist, educator and author of The Art of Solo Bass and The Chordal Approach

 

“No Bull, she’s the real deal. No side job here; as teacher and musician, music is her life! Lady Bass is a true and much needed representative of & for the arts & music professions. Those who know her & benefit from her teaching and friendship are lucky indeed.” – Roger Munch, former student and solo artist

 

Ms. Frompovich is passionate about music, music community, and the bass; she is always advancing her creative journey as a musician and as an educator. Brittany proudly uses and endorses Spector Basses, NS Designs, LightWave Basses, Warwick amps, Lathon Bass Wear, GHS strings, Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamps, Nordstrand Pickups, the Gizmotron 2.0 string sustainer, and Guardian Pro cables.

 

 

Long Bio:

Brittany Frompovich is an in demand and highly regarded teacher, clinician, and musician who currently resides in the Northern Virginia region. Jazz luminary Gerald Veasley introduced her to bassist Jimmy Haslip as “a beautiful player on both electric bass and double bass.” Her clients describe her as a consummate professional. Her band mates describe her playing as “highly creative”, “solid”, and “beautiful”. Her solo performances are unique, poignant, earthy, organic and highly creative.

 

As a working bassist, she regularly does shows on double bass, electric bass, and guitar, covering a wide range of genres like orchestral music, Celtic rock, jazz, classic and contemporary rock, folk, folk rock, world music, blues, and R&B. She is often called for pit work for choral and music theater productions. She has shared the stage with Ron Holloway (Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi), Jason Everett (solo artist, Deep Energy Orchestra), Ashleigh Chevalier (solo artist and songwriter), Tyler Reese (emerging jazz fusion artist), Bruce Middle (eleven time WAMMIE nominee), Jon Wiley (Melodime), and Toby Fairchild (Keller Williams band). She has opened for the Grammy nominated Danielle Nicole Band. She has even been granted opportunities to open for classic rock legend, Heart, and the instrumental prog band Soften the Glare.

 

As a solo bassist and solo artist she has opened for solo bassists Steve Lawson and Trip Wamsley. She has also shared the stage with solo bassists Michael Dimin, Stewart McKinsey, Darren Michaels, Aaron Gibson, the Grammy Nominated Edo Castro, Scott Varney, Scott Fernandes (The Prophet Nathan), Bill Clements, and Kent Beatty (Brother Dege).

 

She has performed and given clinics at Musicians Institute, NAMM, Gerald Veasley’s Bass BootCamp, BassBreak Live, Adam Nitti’s Music Dojo, The Bass Coalition’s Summer Workshop, The Rappahannock Music Summer Camp, BassUp!, LoHio, the Washington Music Bass Day Summit, DeepGroove Bass Day, The Virginia Bass Forum, house concerts, and numerous other private events. She has been featured as a clinician at bass community events along with artists like Bryan Beller, Adam Nitti, David Dyson, Steve Jenkins, Anthony Wellington, Norm Stockton, Donovan Stokes, and Rufus Reid.

 

Brittany also has a gift for community building. She combined that talent with her love for bass, leading her to create the Virginia Bass Forum. The Forum is an organization that hosts events to build bass community and assist bass players in the NoVa/DC/MD areas in improving their craft. Through the Forum, she has had the privilege of hosting major artists such as Stuart Hamm (Joe Satriani band, solo artist), Bryan Beller (Dethklok, Steve Vai band, Joe Satriani), Adam Nitti (solo artist, Kenny Loggins), Michael Dimin (solo artist, author), Kevin Walker (Kayne West, Wilson Picket band), Steve Lawson (solo artist), Trip Wamsley (solo artist), and Dr. Donovan Stokes (solo artist, bass instructor at Shenandoah University Conservatory).

 

Ms. Frompovich is a exceptional and gifted teacher; her students wholeheartedly recommending her to potential students without reservation. Her clinics inspire professional and novice musicians alike. She successfully teaches both recreational music makers and serious students who have started their own careers in music:

 

“Brittany is a consummate musician and educator. Her commitment to the art and her students is unparalleled! The dedication she shows to her students as well as the bass community has set an example for many others to follow.”

 

– Mike Dimin, bassist, educator and author of The Art of Solo Bass and The Chordal Approach

 

“Brittany’s drive to develop aspiring musicians extends far beyond straight musical instruction, and explores areas such as instrument repair, stage craft, best practices for gigging and more. Brittany is one of a kind, and anyone working with her ought to consider him or herself very fortunate, indeed!”

 

– Eric Hennessey, parent of a bassist/guitarist/composer now attending music school

 

“Professional, competent, friendly, civically minded, generous, astute, genuine, authentic, supportive, and good humored. No Bull, she’s the real deal. No side job here; as teacher and musician, music is her life! Lady Bass is a true and much needed representative of & for the arts & music professions. Those who know her & benefit from her teaching and friendship are lucky indeed.”

 

– Roger Munch, former student and solo artist

 

Ms. Frompovich is passionate about music, music community, and the bass; she is always advancing her creative journey as a musician and as an educator. Brittany proudly uses and endorses Spector Basses, NS Design (basses, cellos and electric uprights), LightWave Basses, Warwick amps, Nordstrand Pickups, Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamps, Lathon Bass Wear, GHS strings, the Gizmotron 2.0 string sustainer, and Guardian Pro cables.

 

The Gear

(any listings with links to additional information will appear in blue)

The Basses:

Spector Euro6LX

Spector Legend 5 NT

Willcox Guitars Lightwave Saber Bass VL5 fretless featuring the Gizmotron 2.0 string sustainer.

NS CR5 Radius Bass

4 string DIY Fretless Build

Ibanez SR2010ASC Ashula Bass – Fretted/Fretless Hybrid 6-String Electric Bass
with custom paint by Maiven McKnight and custom pickups by Watson Guitars

Ibanez SR656NTF with Nordstrand CND P/J pickups

Syme 5 string fretless bass with Lightwave pickups

 

The String Instruments:

NS Design CR5M Double Bass

Czech Built Solid Carved Double bass

 

Instruments Used in Rock For Strings Classes, Lessons and Camps, courtesy of NS Design:

NS Design NXT 4 String Cello

NS Design NXT 4 string Double Bass

NS Design NXT 4 String Violin

 

The Amps:

Warwick LWA1000

Warwick WCA410 WA Series 4 10 cabinets

Warwick WA600

Hellborg HiCab 212

Warwick BC80

Nitewalker Bass Guitar Tube Preamp

Essential Sound Products Music Cord

 

Strings:

Brittany proudly uses and endorses GHS strings

The Spector Euro6LX, the NS CR5 Radius, and the Ibanez SR656 all use GHS Progressives.

The Saber VL5, the DIY Fretless use GHS flatwound strings

The Ibanez Ashula currently has GHS Infinity Steels

DR Black Beauties are on the Syme 5 string fretless and the Spector Legend 5 NT

The Czech double bass currently has Thomastik Infeld Spirocores

 

The Pedalboard:

Furman Pluglock

Boss RC-300 Loopstation

Boss RC-2 Loopstation

Boss TU-2 Tuner

Boss Oc-2 Octaver

Locustom Overbass Jr.

Electro-Harmonix Bass Soul Food with the JHS “Bread and Butter” mod

DOD 240 Mixer

Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter

Carl Martin Bass Drive

DOD FX62 Bass Chorus Pedal

Morley Dual Bass Wah

Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Delay

The Travel Pedalboard setup (for airline travel):

1Spot power supplies

Boss RC-300 Loopstation

Boss RC-2 Loopstation

Boss TU-2 Tuner

Boss Oc-2 Octaver

Locustom Overbass Jr.

Electro-Harmonix Bass Soul Food with the JHS “Bread and Butter” mod

DOD 240 Mixer

Soundblox Bass Envelope Filter

Carl Martin Bass Drive

DOD FX62 Bass Chorus Pedal

Dunlop Mini Bass Wah

Seymour Duncan Vapor Trail Delay

Harbor Freight Aluminum Tool Cases

 

Rackmount Gear:

Furman PL-Plus

Zoom 9150 Valve DSP Processor

Lexicon MX200

Alesis Nanocompressor

 

The Guitars:

2002 Gibson SG Faded Limited Edition with Ebony Fingerboard and

Crescent Moon Inlays

Tacoma JK50CE4

Epiphone Les Paul Black Beauty

Gibson Melody Maker, unknown year due to fire damage and poor restoration work

1993 Ovation 12 String Acoustic Electric

70’s Ovation Preacher Deluxe 1285 Electric 12 string

Schecter Jazz Elite Diamond Series Hollowbody in Wine. Customized with Guild Starfire pickups, coil taps on both pickups.

 

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Press:

8/21/2008 – The Free Lance Star – “Young Bands Jam For Good Causes At Saturday Benefit”

Sept./Oct. 2006 – Making Music Magazine – “Say Hello To The Cello”

4/16/2006 – The Free Lance Star – “Sam, The Musical Cat”

3/16/2006 – Potomac News – news article notes Acoustic Bandwidth performance

 

3/03/2005 – The Free Lance Star – “Small Stores vs Big Chains”

 

12/12/2003 – The Free Lance Star – “Girls With Guitars (And Drums)” – Jessica Allen

 

11/19/2003 – MP3.com – “The End of MP3.com

 

9/2/2009 – No Treble – The Bass Forum: A new bass resource in Fredericksburg, Virginia – Brittany Frompovich

 

5/11/2010 – No Treble – Reader Spotlight – Corey Brown

 

7/1/2010 – No Treble – The Virginia Bass Forum Hosting Stu Hamm Clinic – Corey Brown

 

8/9/2010 – No Treble – BOSS Wants Your Bass for the “Loop Station World Championship” Contest

 

12/27/2010 – No Treble – Best of 2010 – Reader Spotlight – Corey Brown

 

6/9/2011 – No Treble – 2nd Annual Bass Coalition Summer Workshop – Kevin Johnson

 

7/2011 – Front Porch Magazine – Lady Bass – A Player’s Player – Interview – Ashleigh Chevalier

 

10/19/2012 – Bass Frontiers article about BassUp! in Atlanta, GA

 

11/8/2012 – No Treble – BassUp! 2012 – Kevin Johnson

 

3/14/2013 – Why I Play Bass – Martin Simpson

 

6/11/2013 – No Treble – article about the Bass Coalition Summer Workshop by Corey Brown

 

Spring 2014 – Bloomsburg University Magazine – Husky Notes

 

April 2014 – Front Porch Magazine – Brittany Frompovich – Professional Bassist, Instructor, and Clinician – Lenora Kruk-Mullanaphy
 

4/3/2014 – Bass Players United – interview – with Adam Phillips

 

4/15/2015 – Rhythm and Muse – CVTV – Interview – Ashleigh Chevalier

 

2015 – The Savvy Music Teacher – Blueprint for Maximizing Income & Impact – David Cutler – Artist Interview
 

12/2015 – Bass Musician Magazine – Why Is Music Important? By Brent-Anthony Johnson

 

6/16/2016 – No Treble – article about Roy Vogt’s 6th annual Thunder Row Bass Invitational

 

7/11/2016 – For Bass Players Only – Video nterview – Jon Liebman

 

12/2016 – Bass Guitar Magazine – interview

Fall/Winter 2016 – Fredericksburg Literary Review – FLAR – interview


 

5/22/2017 – The Free Lance Star – Historic Half Marathon Marks 10th Year – Supporting military and each other with every step – Adele Uphaus – Conner ad Cathy Jett
 

6/1/2017 – Star Weekly (a publication of the Free Lance Star) – Historic Half Marathon Marks 10th Year – Supporting military and each other with every step – Adele Uphaus – Conner ad Cathy Jett – article covers Double Koru Rock Orchestra’s performance in Thunder Alley
 

6/9/2017 – Bass Gear Magazine – Summer 2016 NAMM Report – Tom Bowlus

 

1/2/2018 – No Treble – Bass Videos – Corey Brown – “These Walls” – duo with Ben Titus – was featured in an article

 

4/3/2018 – Front Porch Magazine – editorial – Amy Bayne

 

6/1/2018 – Bass Player Magazine article about Roy Vogt’s 8th Annual Thunder Row Bass Invitational

 

6/28 – 7/4/2018 – Nashville Scene – Low End Theories – Roy Vogt’s Thunder Row Bass Invitational – Edd Hurt
 

7/17/2018 – No Treble – article about Roy Vogt’s 8th Annual Thunder Row Bass Invitational

 

7/26/2018 – Radio Interview about LoHio – WKSU 89.7 – Amanda Rabinowitz


 

8/16/2018 – Free Lance Star – Weekender – Porchfest – Bringing Musicians and Neighborhoods Together – Mark Walker

 

Articles I Have Written:

1997 – “A Talk With Edgar Meyer” as featured in Bassic magazine and Bass Frontiers Online

 

9/2/2009 – No Treble – The Bass Forum: A new bass resource in Fredericksburg, Virginia (guest contributor)

 

10/16/2009 – No Treble – Bryan Beller, on the value of being versatile… (guest contributor)

 

8/15/2010 – No Treble – Bryan Beller Wows Students at Virginia Bass Forum (guest contributor)

 

And if you want to jump into the wayback machine, my old LiveJournal blog is here.

 
 

Articles I Have Written for the Music Teacher’s Helper Blog:

 

Nov. 2008 – Using Audacity As A Practice Trainer

 

Dec 2008 – MusicPro Magazine

 

Jan 2009 – Taming The Sheet Music Tiger

 

March 2009 – Keeping Tax Paperwork Organized

 

May 2009 – Taming the Sheet Music Tiger – part 2

 

May 2009 – The Toxic People Test – AKA “When Is It Time To Fire A Student?”

 

June 2009 – Taming the Sheet Music Tiger – part 3 – Going Mobile

 

Aug 2009 – 10 Teaching Tools and Tips

 

Sept 2009 – Software Review: Earplane

 

Sept 2009 – The Emotional Investment of Teaching & Difficult Parents – A Request for Advice and Discussion

 

Oct 2009 – Theft, Fire, Damage – Are You Prepared?

 

Dec 2009 – Software Review: Jayde Musica

 

Jan 2010 – Teaching students to carry a “Life Giving Sword,” part 1

 

Feb 2010 – Teaching students to carry a “Life Giving Sword,” part 2

 

Mar 2010 – Using “Brain Rules” to Boost Productivity

 

Apr 2010 – “The Music Lesson”

 

May 2010 – Looping as a Practice Tool

 

Jun 2010 – More on Looping – part 2 of “Looping as a Practice Tool”…

 

July 2010 – NAMM and the Music Educator

 

Oct 2010 – Taming the Sheet Music Tiger – Part 4

 

Nov. 2010 – Time to plan for January NAMM

 

Jan 2011 – Helping students develop a Practicing Mindset – part 1

 

Feb 2011 – Helping students develop a Practicing Mindset – part 2

 

Feb 2011 – The Real Book…on your iPhone?

 

Mar. 2011 – In the News: “Beat Deafness” and Learning from your Mistakes

 

May 2011 – Endorsements and the Music Teacher

 

Nov 2011 – Get Ready For NAMM

 

Nov 2011 – Reconsidering the Role of “Intelligence” in the 10,000 Hours Needed for Mastery

 

Dec 2011 – Square vs Paypal

 

June 2012 – Storage for Square Readers

 

Feb 2013 – Boomerang For Gmail