Gig Tips

Several years ago, when I was working with David Nordschow at Eden, I was responsible for moderating the forum on the Eden web site. One of the things we did there was to create a list of tips to help

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Strap Lock Modification

One of the most embarrassing things that can happen to a bass player is to have their bass fall off their shoulder in the middle of the gig.  I’m not the only one – by far! – to have this happen. But about four years ago, I discovered something to help avoid that.My guitar tech Alan Wait came up with this simple, inexpensive idea, and I’ve used it ever since. Check out the video below to see what I’m talking about. Continue reading

The Ultimate Gig Bag

You’ve probably heard Murphy’s Law: Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. As a working professional, I live and die by Murphy’s wisdom. That’s why I always take my gig bag stocked full of everything I think I may ever need on a gig. And I strongly suggest you do the same. To help, I’ve put together a list of must-haves to get you started. Then I added some things that you should consider if you plan on making music your livelihood. Continue reading

Tools and Spares for Your Gig Bag

Almost everyone who knows me, knows that I am an absolute freak for spares. I believe it’s essential for the performing bassist to have everything necessary to take care of minor problems that may arise during a performance. Continue reading

Parts of a Bass Guitar

Before you get started learning to play the bass guitar, let’s go over the main parts of a bass.

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Meet Mark Stein

Sometimes, in the music business, it really is about who you know, not what you know. Now, when it comes to playing the bass, this isn’t true. But when it comes to getting things done, it’s definitely something to remember. Knowing the right people can help your career tremendously, and I am truly grateful to know so many wonderful people who have helped me throughout my career.

Today I’d like to introduce you to Mark Stein, one of the people that helps me take care of business. Continue reading

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