Jun 27 2014

Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp 2104

It is almost here!  Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp 2014 is only one month away! I Can’t wait to head back to Nashville to spend an entire week solely devoted to playing bass.   Looking at the agenda it looks to be a phenomenal week;  Technique, Theory, Style, Jazz, Ear Training and more.  So much to learn …

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Jun 10 2014

Lane Baldwin Needs Our Support!

Hey Folks, one of our bass brethren is in dire need of our help.  My friend, blues bassist extraordinaire, Lane Baldwin has been having some serious medical issues the past several months and is in need of financial support.  He is currently unable to play out which means no income is coming in and his …

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May 19 2014

NorCal Jazz Presents the JazzDeck ™

After reading Brian Fox’s glowing editorial about the JazzDeck in the May issue of Bass Player Magazine, I decided to order a set and check it out for myself.  Visually, the JazzDeck is a thing of beauty.  The cards are well laid out and easy to read and include a couple of instructional cards to hep …

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Apr 15 2014

Lesson 9 Redux – Teach Me Bass Guitar

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I’m not much of a competitive person, but I don’t like to feel defeated.  If you’ve been following along you may recall that Lesson 9 of Teach Me Bass Guitar left me feeling a little bruised and battered.  I don’t know what it was, but I just couldn’t get the feel for playing slap style and …

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Mar 26 2014

Jack Bruce Releases ‘Silver Rails’

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‘Silver Rails’ is the eagerly awaited new studio album by the legendary JACK BRUCE, one of the greatest popular musicians Britain has ever produced. A supremely talented instrumentalist and vocalist, eminently respected by his peers, Jack’s pioneering bass playing style has influenced successive generations of bassists, including such luminaries as Paul McCartney, Jaco Pastorius and …

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Feb 21 2014

Alberto Rigoni – Bass Player In Motion

Composer/Bassist Alberto Rigoni has to be one of the hardest working musicians out there.  Whether it’s as a member of the progressive metal band Twinspirits or the pop electro duo Lady & the BASS, as co-producer of the Vivaldi Metal Project, or working on his own solo material, Rigoni definitely is a bass player in …

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Dec 31 2013

Bass Ramblings 2013 Final Thoughts

As 2013 draws to a close I thought I would offer some final thoughts on my year.  Truth be told I have a lot of mixed feelings about this past year.  Things have not been so great for me career-wise.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still gainfully employed at a pretty decent job, it’s …

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Sep 30 2013

Live Performance – Fantasy Bass Boot Camp 2013

I recently received my personalized video of my week at Roy Vogt’s Fantasy Bass Boot Camp and thought I would share my live performance on stage at the Rutledge.   Such a great experience!  I can’t wait to go back again next year.    

Sep 24 2013

The Wisdom of Jeff Berlin

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  Jeff Berlin is currently doing a run of clinics at Guitar Center’s throughout the U.S. and I highly recommend you try to catch him if he hits a city near you.  On September 20th I was fortunate enough to catch him in San Jose, Ca.  Berlin’s clinic was a bit different from others I …

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Sep 12 2013

Lane Baldwin to represent Sacramento in International Blues Challenge

September 9, 2013 – Los Angeles, CA – Media Entertainment Management Group (MEMG) announced that their premier artist Lane Baldwin won the Sacramento, CA, International Blues Challenge regional solo/duo competition yesterday, performing on bass guitar and vocals. This is the first time a solo bassist has represented the city in the IBC competitions. It may …

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