Here is everything under the Guitar/Bass category:

How to Play the Bass

I was recently asked to write an article under the title, “How to Play the Bass.” Personally, I think that a better title would be, “Why to Play the Bass.” The twisted motives behind the “why’s” make juicier reading than the “how’s” anyday of the week. Well, I wrote the article and aimed it at Continue reading →

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Lazy Is As Lazy Does

I have a thing about Laziness. It’s the same attitude I have toward other human conditions like say, stupidity or addiction. To put it into Twelve step terms, I can love the afflicted person, but I hate the condition. I’m about to go off on a tangent here so if you don’t want to read Continue reading →

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The Bass That Got Away

This is the story of the bass that got away. That’s bass as in “ace” not “ass.” This is not a fishing story, although the story does start on a river somewhere in the wilds of Indiana. During the late eighties, I was working somewhere between 150 to 200 dates a year, most of them Continue reading →

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Having Fun With the Podxt

Well, I’ve been playing around with this Line6 Podxt for a bit and I have to say that the fun factor is looming large. I really love the sound of a good guitar and great amp so most of my tweaking has been in the way of pretending that the Pod is what the display Continue reading →

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Have I Sold Out?

Have I sold out? I have been the quintessential analog snob when it comes to guitar and bass amplification. I’ve spent the greater part of my adult life pissing in the general direction of anything and everything new. During my years at Shangri La, we had just about any classic guitar and bass amp available. Continue reading →

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Ken Fischer

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing of Ken Fischer. My friend Bobby Salomone called this afternoon to wish me a Happy New Year and during the course of the conversation, he asked me if I had heard about Ken. The details of Ken’s passing are not as important as the Continue reading →

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