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Manring

Not many words are required for this one... a private performance by Michael Manring Enjoy....

Peck this and Peck that, Heck Peck everything

The Vulfpeck force is strong with this one..... On February 6th 2012 things changed.   Notreble posted this link featuring Joe Dart and Vulfpeck . http://www.notreble.com/buzz/2012/02/06/vulfpeck-it-gets-funkier/ and I watched this video... ....after my brain stopped vibrating and my heart rate returned to normal, I watched it again.  After my head stopped bobbing and my knees stopped bouncing, I watched it again.  After my fingers stopped tapping and my torso stopped grooving, I watched it again.  Then I sat back.  Dumbfounded, as a bassist yes.. by Joe Dart's groove...and by the virtuosic - but wouldn't have it any other way - groovy bass licks, but ... also by the entire video..the entire band.  What did I just see?  I read something about a film score ... it didn't add up.  Why would a band film a live recording of a film score?  If it was indeed for a film score I wanted to pre-order my ticket. Then I watched another video... Then I watched a

I do and promise to love you, my new bass amp, forever

I'm trying out a new bass cabinet.  It doesn't matter which one.  But I've got that burning question in my mind... is this the right cabinet.  Is this the right amp setup for me?  Is this ...the one? It's almost like a marriage.  You try it out.. you court the amp...or rather it courts you.  It seems sexier and promises to do things that other amps won't do.  But will that last?  Is it really..the one?  Do you give it a ring and promise to unconditionally love it and will it unconditionally love you at every gig, rehearsal, practice, etc, etc? What methods do you use to be sure you're ready to settle down with the amp that doesn't mind you eating crackers on stage with it?

Kurt's Organized Confusion

Kurt Cobain died this day 19 years ago.  I was standing in the doorway of my living room when my sister called me and said "Kurt Cobain is dead.  He killed himself".  It was pretty numbing news for a then 16 year old Nirvana fan.  I turned on the TV and watched the footage of police walking around the greenhouse where his body was found.  What a waste.  Why?  I could never understand.  I could never understand suicide. Since that time I've had more than one person close to me admit to suicidal tendencies - but thankfully none commit to suicidal tendency.   But even still..with those people I just couldn't understand - why?  What solution does it present - besides the obvious unfathomable .. but that's the thing...I didn't understand because .. to ME..it was unfathomable....  I was lucky....fortunate...blessed... with relatively decent and stable mental health.  Sure like anyone things got dark in my life at points but there was no chemical imbalance or oth

If You're On Time, You're Late

Musician self awareness reality check time..... You've got a gig at 8pm this Saturday.  Soundcheck is at 6.  What time do you show up? You've got a rehearsal tomorrow at 7pm and it's 30 minutes away.  What time do you leave? Your first lesson with a new teacher is today at 4pm.  What time do you arrive? You're meeting for coffee at noon with an old friend who is now a booking agent to discuss their interest in your band.  What time do you get to the coffee shop? Your history-defined answers to these questions may sum up your general level of respect for other people's time.  Or at least uncover to you how it is perceived by any of the above people that may be affected by your time: your bandmates, your teacher, the booking agent, etc. If you're the type of person that is still on the couch watching the last 15 minutes of a Who's The Boss rerun when you have a soundcheck that's 20 minutes away ..well.... If you're the type of person that

Namm Groove Maschine and the Lowest Pair

Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, and David "Fingers" Haynes at NAMM 2013. 3, of the many, things I love about this video: The amount of groove that David can get with the  Native Instruments Maschine Fretless Bailey lovlieness  Victor Wooten, who we so often hear playing virtuosic solo bass parts, laying down the low end groove as a "simple" bass player.   

Ocaj

So I was just messing around with my recording software to satisfy a curiosity of mine ... the bass Solo in Paul Simon's You Can Call Me Al played by   Bakithi Kumalo  ..... was it truly Palendromic? Did they reeeeeeally use the the 1st half of the bass solo and just reverse it for the 2nd half . Well... to my surprise... no... it wasn't.  I loaded the tune into my software ... reversed it... waited for the solo and the 1st half now sounded nothing like the 2nd half and to my even greater surprise ... the 2nd half of the bass solo is a sample of Jaco's Chromatic Fantasy from the Word of Mouth album - sounds like from the 2:45 mark of the tune. Crazy.  I'll post an audio sample later.