First, I want to thank Cyrus, Leon, Beau and Jason for giving me the honor to be a part of the LEOG. It is a true joy to hang, listen and learn from these guys. Second, I want to thank everyone for his or her comments, whether pro or con. I appreciate the input. I will gladly answer any music question anyone has to the best of my ability-bands, musicians, instruments, technique, the music business, resources, etc. Check out my profile. I am beefing it up with photos, music and information. I will try to have some general answers about my tastes and influences. I will also be more diligent with answering direct questions. There are few there now I have to catch up on.
The question I got from Death Metal Mike was about my gear. I will do a rundown on my profile. On the podcast I use my 1978 Fender Jazz with Bartolini active pick-ups and a 2TEK Bridge. I use DR Hi Beam strings-45-105. I use a Monster Bass cable and I play straight in the mixing board. Another thing is sound is more than gear. It is in the hands, how you attack the string and the note choices you make. You should sound like yourself no matter what gear you have.
The other question he asked concerned my influences and lesser-known bassists. My Top-10 bass influences, in no particular order are:
1. Marcus Miller
2. Jaco Pastorius
3. James Jamerson
4. Larry Graham
5. Paul McCartney
6. Fima Ephron
7. Stanley Clarke
8. Victor Wooten
9. Jerry Jemmott
10. Bootsy Collins
Other bassists I like to check out are Jason Garrison, Norwood Fisher, Muzz Skillings, Kim Clarke, Doug Wimbish, Tony Levin, Sting, Darryl Jones, Verdine White, Mark King, Nathan Watts & Anthony Jackson.
I will start to overhaul my profile this weekend so that you can use it as a resource. This is just the list of bass players. Don’t get me started on drummers, guitarists, upright bassists, piano players, saxophonists, trumpet players, composers, songwriters, bands, producers, gear, music theory and philosophy…..
(You see, as much as you guys live comics and movies, I live music!)