Bass video lesson #1: G major scale and groove application using open strings.

This is my first lesson video showing one of the first scale you might learn on the bass with open strings involved; here is why you should learn it and some spontaneous applications… Continue reading

Video Blog: Stretching to avoid injury!

I have seen quite a few people suffer from the effects of not stretching–I was one of those people. When I started getting serious about playing upright bass (as well as playing a… Continue reading

Video archive: How to refinish a hard wood floor, put on flashing, and a live performance with Tyler Burnett.

I had a band a long time ago that was really popular locally and we were starting to branch out towards the west coast market. Our touring days only lasted a little over… Continue reading

America The Beautiful; featuring Jaco Pastorius.

Every time I watch this video it moves me beyond any other music video. Three years before his untimely death Jaco was in apparent rough shape. His pants are dirty and he does… Continue reading

What I think of when I listen to Mumford’s new album BABEL.

Don’t get me wrong, I love Mumford, but I do, for some reason, have an issue with the constant rhymes that Marcus Mumford places back to back in numerous verse and chorus on… Continue reading

AMT SP25B with super preamp for sale.

I had to create this page so I could put the pictures up for Talk Bass. Link to Talk Bass page:

Chris Thomas from BB Fellowship Band plays one of the best solos I have heard.

I follow Brian Blade on Facebook and a month ago he shared this video from a performance of the tune “King’s Highway” at the Chicago Music Exchange. I pulled it up and put… Continue reading

Let the pro’s lip sync…

For a little Sunday fun it’s always good to see your heroes not “selling out” to the evils of the lip synched track on live broadcast. I have watched the video of the… Continue reading

A video from Steve Brown and the Alex Nauman Big Band.

My friend Steve Brown wears many hats and looks pretty darn good in all of them. Steve is a huge supporter of local music in Billings, Montana and we are glad he’s here.… Continue reading

Tuff bag is tough…tuff?..tough!

I have been using my Tuff Bag about three to four days a week since I bought it from Steve at String Emporium in October. This is the new model with extra padding… Continue reading

Jeff Hamilton and the most nervous/excited I have ever been. (Reflections one year later.)

Almost a year ago I was presented with one of the most frightening proposals I have ever been persuaded to consider. The famous, and around these parts infamous, Jeff Hamilton was coming to… Continue reading

First full day and first time playing at SXSW (South by Southwest)

Yesterday I played with C.R. Smith at South by Southwest. I was nervous but excited to play in Austin, TX. The sheer number of bands made me feel pretty insignificant, but at the… Continue reading

First night in Austin

I am going to try and document each day as they come starting today with last nights festivities: We flew into Austin around 5:00 yesterday and I quickly rushed to the baggage claim… Continue reading

I’m heading to Austin tomorrow! How C.R. Smith, Paste Magazine, and HGTV’s International House Hunters made a dream come true

Dipping your hand into the honey jar, putting irons in the fire, shrimp(s) on the barbie. All things describing my musical journey. Ever since my dream of “making it” with my beloved band… Continue reading

My Magic City Music Award and a smack down to my cynicism.

I recently won a local music award for best bassist. Even though the award just says bass, it insinuates that it means “Billings’ best bass player” (right?). Anywho, I wasn’t there to accept… Continue reading

Deleting Facebook

The title sounds harsher than it seems once you catch my drift: I deleted the facebook app (oh my!) from my phone last week. I have to say, embarrassingly enough, that it was… Continue reading

Parker Brown’s Pedalboard; refurbished by Jordan Jeffrey Steingraber

Here is Jordan’s blog check it out; he will do this for you (HE EVEN CLEANED MY PEDALS!): Parker Brown’s Pedalboard. My friend sold me his old Pedal Train board and also set up… Continue reading

My early days in Big Caboose with Marco Castro and Clay Green

This was the first band that I started playing bass for about four-and-a-half-years-ago. In the process of auditioning for this band I learned a lot of what helped me become a “bass player”.… Continue reading

My thoughts on the band Train.

I am comfortable saying that I don’t like the band Train. I don’t agree with what their hit songs are about; or that as musicians, they target pre-teens, teens and middle aged moms… Continue reading

Bass playing with wife and baby. (Pictures are Included.)

There is a misconception out there about wives and children ruining the careers of passionate musicians and artists. I grew up thinking it was true. I had seen my dad dash his dreams… Continue reading

Top Three shreds!

I have watched a few of these “shreds” videos over the last two years and I have to say that I found my favorite one. These are some of the best musicians of… Continue reading

6 months of the Thursday jazz jam at the Garage – My recapitulation.

An interview with our local paper, click to see. Although I don’t remember being interviewed for this I would like to add my own thoughts on why I think this is a great… Continue reading

Do you have the look?

I was recently made fun of from a dear friend, his ammo for the ribbing was over a quote he had read from a magazine. A local band was making their way to… Continue reading

Sky Collide and our new album KNEAD (Buy it now!)

When I was asked over a year ago to replace bassist Jake Frank in the band Sky Collide, my answer was quickly yes; even though  I knew that it would be a time… Continue reading

Bass Chat visits TC

Bass Chat visits TC

I stumbled upon this and thought It would be a good share. 



Jason Jam and Bobby McFerrin walk into a bar…

I had an idea about this: What if you caught two, we will call them “sports fans” and friends, hanging out at a sports bar. Amidst all the bravado, statistics, trash talk, and… Continue reading

Practice makes you feel better…hopefully…you’ll at least be away from facebook for a while…

The best thing that I have learned since January of last year is how to practice. I was meeting with my friend Will Honaker, over xmas break, who is attending McNally Smith in… Continue reading

“Christian” or “Non-Christian”: Biblical evidence God wants people to play well.

This could be a seemingly heavy post and I know that some cats shut off at the mention of God, but hear me out for a minute-this could be good. I was on… Continue reading

For any upright bass player or acoustic guitar player, it has got to be (( HEADWAY )) EDB – 1

I recently purchased a “Headway” EDB-1 For my upright bass. This is the pre-amp that I have been waiting for! I love it! With my SWR “Natural Blonde” and  Fishman full circle bridge… Continue reading


Originally posted on this is my blog:
so, I already talked a little about my time at our Encounter conference last week. and one of the things that’s I’ve been thinking about looking…