“Bass fun” Q and A with a video

Question:  Who might be able to follow a Victor Wooten solo? Answer: Edgar Meyer. Question: Who is able to follow one of Edgar’s perfectly crafted solos? Answer: Ray Brown. Question: Where do you… Continue reading

¡The 90 day Ray challenge!

Alex Nauman and I were recently blessed with the opportunity to play with the great jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton; drummer for Ray Brown and Diana Krall, just to name a few. Both of… Continue reading

Texts from Mom

I have received a few of these wonderful and caring texts from my mom. I will try and remember to post more as they come. I am sure as artists, we have all… Continue reading

A recap and diversion.

I have been a little busier than normal the last couple of weeks, and this week is not going to be different. In week and a half I have played in Wyoming twice,… Continue reading

A Bass history lesson and master class from the great Ray Brown.

If you have time to watch and listen to this master class that Ray Brown put on, you will not be disappointed. I wish that I had the opportunity to study under Ray… Continue reading

Easter Sunday video lesson/sermon. 2 Videos for you

I started today out listening to some blues from Thelonius Monk: “Brilliant Corners” then “Ba-lue Bolivar Ba-lues-are”.  The rabbit trail started, as it always does with You Tube, and I wound up finding… Continue reading

Being versatile – Versatile being – Part I: Listening.

As a “professional” musician, I may not be gigging around playing with big names in different towns, but what I am doing is playing with a lot of great people in a lot… Continue reading

Why do you play music?

One of the most memorable conversations I have had was with Bill Honaker over the span of a couple of encounters. It started with a question that he asked his son Will when… Continue reading

Start your day out… with a video of an amazing bass solo from Jimmy Garrison.

At 6:00 A.M. on Sunday the fuzz and scurry of Facebook is at it’s lowest point I have ever seen, and while I warm up my brain with coffee and inspiration, I stumbled… Continue reading

The Wisdom of Anthony Wellington

I recently stumbled upon Anthony Wellington, I don’t know how, I think it was because of something Aguilar. I think that we all can glean from this sort of philosophical approach to music… Continue reading

Bass sensuals from Cristian McBride and a video.

I love it when bassists have a strong connection to the instrument and Christian McBride certainly does. It also helps when he talks about the bass, he has the perfect voice, sounding like… Continue reading

Darn that Dream

This is my first chord solo piece. I am really excited! I started learning it last night and worked on it this morning. My friend Alex Nauman was doing one of these a… Continue reading

Let’s get up to speed.

I figured I would share what developments have happened since I started the S implementations. Here are two S’s that I have been sticking to(more to follow) I have consistently been eating salads… Continue reading

Flatwounds

I have been playing in the Rocky Mountain Jazz band for the last two weeks and in rehearsals I am using my fretless Fender jazz/Pbass split. It’s a bass that has a p… Continue reading

My New Sadowsky

So a few posts ago I was in a dilemma about wanting to purchase a rather expensive and foreign piece of gear…The SADOWSKY! Many a friend gave perfect advice, but in the end… Continue reading

Tf3

Last night was a great night. I was fortunate enough not to have any rehearsals and a new/old friend that is now living in town L.carr was gracious to buy my wife and I… Continue reading

The new S… Sadowsky?

So, I have been practicing a lot lately. Mostly doing arpeggios – anywhere and everywhere I can. On the upright bass, electric bass and guitar. Mostly Minor7 and Diminished Arps. I recently decided… Continue reading

Adding more S’s – Scott Lafaro and Simandl!

Lately I have been practicing a lot of scale work covering every octave on the upright. I am tying to cover all of the basses(damnit… no pun intended) like pizzicato, arco, jazz, classical,… Continue reading

New implementation of the S’s.

I meant to put this up last week but I have been very busy. I signed up for classes at Rocky Mountain College and It looks like I will get what I need.… Continue reading

A little Reggae tribute to Aston “Family Man” Barrett and Bob Marley

Another “Bass Changing” moment for me was when I had to learn how to play some Bob Marley tunes for a Funk band about four years ago. I thought, “this is going to… Continue reading

Tribute to Leland Sklar

I know that typically I put up musings of Double bass but today I wanted to pay homage to Leland Sklar. This man is a diamond in the rough for me. I had… Continue reading

Finally a breakthrough~

So, while I was applying at MSU-B for a performance degree I sent a private college an email also to see what they could offer. My wife and I were contemplating moving somewhere… Continue reading

A Video response to the business ://:

Here is a clip of me playing the piece “Bass Concerto in F Major” by Antonio Capuzzi. It should definitely have a piano accompanist but… what cha goanna do. There are definite intonation… Continue reading

Everything happens to me…

Everything Happens to Me Funny, I woke up today and checked my Twitter account (@browns0und) and Christian McBride (@Mcbridesworld) posted that he was having a little bad luck and quoted this song. I… Continue reading

In honor of Columbus… Freedom Jazz Dance

This is ridiculous! I was inspired from this video – again, I had seen it a long time ago. This is Miroslav Vitous and Stanley Clark tearing up “Freedom Jazz dance” written by… Continue reading

Access denied

Also, I applied to Montana State University Billings two weeks ago. Unfortunately I am unable to get a performance degree from the music department because there is not a teacher to teach me.… Continue reading

Diggin on it.

I have not been slacking by any means. I have actually found some sort of breakthrough. I have finished page 73 and on to 74. I haven’t really played out of the book… Continue reading

Like Charlie Sheen… “Winning”

My playing is starting to gel. I finished exercise d. and e. on Sept. 19 and the exercise below. I have found that by practicing these bowing exercises correctly that my technique strengthens… Continue reading

Slurs, Staccato, sixteenth notes and what they mean to me.

Now, this is where I am coming into some sort of inspiration. I am playing rhythms that I never dreamed of and playing them well. First ex. b. I remember getting back into… Continue reading

Part III… “The Journey”

Alright, So here it is. I started working on Bowing technique. This was super difficult for me because I am not great at Arco and I am not great at reading. I will… Continue reading