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PLEASE  WEAR  A  MASK …

This Stupid Virus has got us all weary if your not you are not paying attention. This Covid 19 Virus is no joke. Its Taking Americans out at high rate of speed. No body has yet to be immune

PLEASE  WEAR  A  MASK …

Do Your Part


ZYDECO ONLY

I Went to a show a while back actually I helped a friend of mine set up the P.A. System he has a business where he rents P.A. and mics, Monitors and stuff to traveling bands who come to town to do shows. And they dont have their own P.A. Systems. A Pretty nice gig  to watch music shows and get paid for it.

Anyway this show was at a private club Downtown it was a show featuring Zydeco Music, They had 3 Zydeco bands and they were good. I Was blown away, I Had heard cajon music a little, But never music like this I Was just floored with the rhythms And the percussion was amazing, The wash board instrument the players wear like a apron. Not sure what it is called, But they put a mic in front of it and it produces the greatest percussion sound you can only imagine. how this thing sounds.

Alot of the vocals sound much like the blues.  And the beat is Bass Heavy and makes you want to dance. Then throw in a small accordion like squeeze box, A Harmonica, And one band had two fiddles . But all had at least one fiddle player. Mix this all up with a on the beat drummer, And some make you cry telecaster Riffs. And even a small organ

You Got Zydeco.  A Couple of the bands had horns whether horn ,fiddle same guy

Or a committed horn section. Were are talking alot of band members

These guys have alot of fun and so does the crowd. I Never saw the dance floor empty.  Really simple songs that sound amazing . I `m putting a You tube video below so you can hear some zydeco this is my new love and im looking to get out and find some Zydeco Musicians to play with. Well they took down my You Tube video so if you want to check out the ZYDECO Spell it just like above In the search bar on You Tube you will get some ZYDECO..


Kona Jazz Bass

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Electric jazz bass guitar, natural finish. Great condition, sounds great, straight neck.


Writers Wanted

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 I am always looking for writers who would like to publish some of their experiences of being a bass player on this site.

Or any body who has experiences of being a musician, like stories of the road, or maybe you are kinda famous. Or you know someone who is?

 Maybe you built a cool bass or something or you want to share something about your band This is a great place to get your word out

People would love to hear about it im sure, Keep in mind it is a unpaid position. And you do not have to be a

professional writer to share your stories here with us. And no story is a dumb story Who knows maybe writing is in your cards.

Just use the contact webmaster form on this site to make us aware of you. Then  we will get you started right away.

Don`t be shy Just Do It.

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Ever Get In A Playing Rut?

Get Out Of That Playing Rut

Playing Your Bass Guitar Scales

Greetings,

This is another one of those playing through a rut articles, Actually its just another method I use to get my self through a flat spot in my creativity. I Suppose we all come to as musicians what is referred to as flat spots in our creativity. Where you reach a certain point and for the life of you you cannot get off of it, Or cannot progress. Its like you may as well quit.Seems like you just cannot move on, Don`t feel any real improvement, Getting bored as hell playing your Bass,Wondering if you will ever be creative again.

Before you do anything drastic or like sell your bass’s ,Just know I think all musicians have been in this spot, Probably more times than some will admit, I for one, And when there you are very frustrated and not excited about your playing, Its like every time you pickup your bass the same notes and patterns come out no matter what you try to play, And you are sick of hearing them. Been there too, Now I want to share with you one of my tricks that gets me out of this rut just about 100% no fail.

But first I want to explain why some people do not get in these ruts. From my understanding and memory ,I Only got into these ruts when I was just home alone practicing for any length of time,

like no gigs not currently playing in a band  so no band practice, Musical Boredom so i find myself with my usual urges like craving music so naturally i grab a bass flip it on and bingo, The same shit comes from my fingers to my speakers.And I hate it. I just cannot move on, Every time i play same shit.

 the same licks , same patterns, over and over in my…. it must come from my mind although i dont recall thinking about it ,really dont recall even playing it on my fret board. Now I know some of you are thinking ,(“I Don’t Do That” ), But I have found out a few  players do this too sometimes.Because i have played with at least 100 guitar players in my life and i watch them they do it too.

We all have our favorite licks, What is the first few notes you play when you first pick up your bass? And I bet 85% of us play those same first few notes every time even if its to see if everything is working like amps are on checking pedals speakers etc.

The Second reason is Laziness now don’t get mad, I had to admit it too. I Found with nobody around watching me or waiting for me, I Was taking it easy on myself and playing in what I call my comfort zone,

The easy notes and licks I tend to always play.

My productive side was not challenging my lazy side to get off its ass enough. It might sound like I am over analyzing this but ,Its not as easy to put into words as it is to think about it, At least for me. And I am convinced this is most of the cause of the Rut or Flat creativity zone most of us find ourselves in from time to time.

So now I want to offer my fix for this problem. Or I should say one of my fixes cause I have tried many things, That’s how I knew this only happens at certain times as mentioned above. I am repeating my old saying that” No body is ever too good of a player  To not need to practice no body. And I must mention just because this little trick works like a champ for me does not mean it will work for you  or anyone else. I Could be a total freak like nobody else ever.

My fix or cure for this complicated syndrome is  Play my  Bass Scales, …..Yes its back to the basics.

Play Your Scales….. Play Your Scales

Hope nobody is disappointed. But this works great, Just playing simple bass scales does it every time ,Might take 5 minutes or couple hours but it works. at least for me.

And I think its the musical sound of the scales,That when i hear it, it makes me want to create music not sure as im no brain specialists But whatever makes it work im glad i found it.

The reason its so great is….. Pretty obvious but for the ones that are real dense,

First you are practicing, and Exercising  your hands this is always good. And you are helping yourself in my opinion thats always better that giving up and taking a time out.

Maybe time outs are good for some, But i have always had a hard time of leaving a problem i know i should be working on.I Have been that way for ever, If I have something to tackle or something is broke I need to fix it now or it drives me nuts, Same goes with my music, My relationships, My cars , Everything there is probably some kind of isim they call this but I don`t know the name of it. But do give it a try next time your having a playing rut or a flat spot in creativity. Just play some scales you need to anyway right? Do you know your Bass Guitar Scales ? Many people may have forgot how the Bass Guitar Scales are fingered, Its easy to forget there are lots of them. Or Maybe you never got the chance to learn your Bass Guitar Scales. Either way no problem i have you covered go to this link and you can even download a P.D.F. of bass guitar scales free of charge you do not even have to leave your email which is cool hey?  Bass Scales Here

                   Stay Low  ThePlayer


Do You Use Sunn Bass Amps?

Do You Use Sunn Bass Amps ?

If You Do Here is some interesting information I scraped from the internet I find it a bit more interesting Because these factories are in my neighborhood,  But still a very cool and interesting read if your a fan of the Sunn product line, Or even if you are familiar with the song Louie Louie or the band The Kingsman they were also from the Portland ,Oregon Area.  So Yeah Enjoy…

In early 1963, the Kingsmen, a band based in Portland, Oregon, became known for their hit version of the song “Louie, Louie”.

After its hit single, the band soon embarked on a 50-state national tour.

Because the band was used to playing small hops and school dances, many of the members found themselves ill-equipped with the amplifiers that they were currently using. Put it bluntly they were not ready for the Big Time ,or at least their gear was not ready.

SUNN BLACK FACE BASS AMPSUNN COMBO BASS AMP

Bassist Norm Sundholm discovered that his bass amp was not nearly powerful enough to play larger concert halls. Like they were now facing.

Sundholm enlisted the help of his brother Conrad to help solve his problem. ( This is the origin of the now famous name Sunn Amplifiers comes from the last name of these Brothers ).

By 1964, the Sundholm brothers had designed a high-powered concert bass amplifier.

The early Sunn amplifiers relied heavily on tube amplifiers designed by David Hafler and preamps sold by the Dynaco Hi-fi company,

With many of the first units actually containing power amplifier chassis sold by Dynaco (models MKII, MKIII, MKIV) as well as modified Dyna PAS1 preamplifiers.

By 1965, the demand for Sundholm’s amplifiers had increased to the point where the family garage could no longer be used as the manufacturing facility.The demand had gotten too big for the space in their garage to be able to keep up with production needs..

SUNN CONRAD AMP

At this point the Sunn amplifiers still relied on the Dyna power amp circuitry, reworked to fit Sunn’s own chassis but still employing Dyna produced and branded transformers and the same electronic design.

Thus, the Sunn Musical Equipment Company was founded.

Although the original Sunn Amplifier line they employed used Dynaco designed and built transformers (up to the 120 watt MK VI transformer set)

And Hafler based power amp designs until Sunn stopped producing the original line of tube amplifiers in favor of the solid-state Concert and Coliseum models.

Later Sunn produced the electronically unrelated Model T tube amps.

Then Fender acquired Sunn in 1985, relocating operations from Tualatin, Oregon to Lake Oswego, Oregon .

A move that was all of about 5 miles.

The stated intent  for Fender was to both revitalize the Sunn Amplifier lines and to produce some Fender-branded models as well,

Which included the Standard Series (Princeton Chorus and Ultra/Ultimate Chorus, both solid-state) and M-80 Series, and are identified as USA-made amplifiers with an “LO”-prefix serial number. for Lake Oswego,

 Unfortunately Fender shut down the Sunn operation in 2002. And the rest is history.SUNN MODEL T BASS AMP


Custom EBO Style Bass

Here We Have A Custom EBO Type Bass Guitar. Not made by gibson tho. Just looks kinda like a E B O Bass ,With more Beautiful Wood Tho.

 

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