Category Archives: gig stories

Airline Travel with Your Bass

I recently made an airline trip with my bass in my new Tuff-Lite bass trunk. Overall, the trip was pretty easy (surprisingly). Everyone was nice and my bass was well-cared for by the baggage and airline folks. I’ve included a … Continue reading

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Leading ther Band

So, for the first time, I’ve taken the lead on putting together a band to play a series of shows. I’ve always been a sideman, never really wanting to by in charge. Well, now I have been given a regular … Continue reading

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Sound Problems

Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been gigging regularly, averaging three gigs and one rehearsal per week. At a gig a couple of weeks ago, an awful high-end buzzing noise started coming from my amp. I tried everything to … Continue reading

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Sound in Motion (David McGill)

I recently finished reading Sound in Motion by David McGill. This is a great book. Originally written for wind players, the book discusses the fine points of phrasing and performance. The central theme on phrasing generally follows that put forth … Continue reading

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Six Rounds review

I recently received the Six Rounds Rockabilly Recoil and Double Barrel pickups for upright bass. At a recent gig, I broke an old Underwood when I fell off my bass unexpectedly (long story; maybe another post). I was looking for … Continue reading

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LaFaro, Bremy, Bruce

I recently picked up a copy of Scott LaFaro transcriptions by Phil Palombi. I’m a big fan of LaFaro’s. I’ve often joke that if Paul Chambers is the Charlie Parker of the bass, then Scott LaFaro was the Randy Rhodes … Continue reading

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Worse Paper Cut Ever

Last Wednesday I suffered what must qualify as the worst paper cut ever. I picked up a ream of paper at work and slid my hands along the sides of the package with the intent of opening it. Unfortunately, the … Continue reading

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