Hello Bandcamp!

Hey, I’m finally on Bandcamp! I know it took a bit…like a pandemic…literally, a global plague…for me to finally get the time to set this up. I don’t mean to make light of the pandemic…people are dying, people are getting sick and not getting well…but in this particular case, this little bit of good has Read More …

The Ashleigh Chevalier Band Performs “Further On Up The Road” At The Crescendo Studios Drive In Concert

The videos keep coming from the Crescendo Studios Drive In Concert Series. For this week’s blog, The Ashleigh Chevalier Band Performs “Further On Up The Road” At The Crescendo Studios Drive In Concert. Jon Wiley (red Fender guitar/vocals) takes the band through this cover. Featuring Joseph Miller (drums), Michael Watkins (keys), and special guests Linwood Read More …

The Ashleigh Chevalier Band Performs “Hard Workin’ Woman” At The Crescendo Studios Drive In Concert

We’re back with another installment from Crescendo Studios Drive In concert series. The talented Sandi Redman caught this video of the Ashleigh Chevalier Band performing Ashleigh’s original song, “Hard Working Woman.” The band is; Ashleigh Chevalier (vocals and guitar), Joseph Miller (drums), Jonathan Wiley (guitar), Michael Watkins (keys), and yours truly in the bass chair. Read More …

The Ashleigh Chevalier Band performs “Burnin’ Down” at the Crescendo Studios Drive In Concert

Thanks to the talented Sandi Redman for this video of the band performing Ashleigh’s original song, “Burnin’ Down”, during the Crescendo Studios Drive-In Concert Series. The band is; Ashleigh Chevalier (vocals and guitar), Joesph Miller (drums), Jonathan Wiley (guitar), Michael Watkins (keys), and yours truly in the bass chair. Special guests for this concert included Read More …

Sith Happens

So, Kerry Lathon of Lathon Bass Wear came out with this bangin’ Bass Jedi shirt late 2019, early 2020. I decided to wear it on a trip to Galaxy’s Edge. Photo credit to Lee Britt for catching this pic in Galaxy’s Edge. During the Winter NAMM show, a few folks (along with myself) asked when Read More …

The Space Bass

I’ve been doing a Virtual Open Mic night with my students every other week, frequently featuring various guest performers. Once a month, we do an event called the Fellowship of the Clefs (also nicknamed the East Coast Gun Club.) The Fellowship gets together and tells the stories of our instruments and how we found them….or Read More …

Respect the Clef…

Achievement 1; getting the iPad to be a pretty decent photographer during quarantine! Portrait mode + 10 second timer = not too shabby. #yougotthejob Achievement 2; The real goal was to show off this fab shirt by artist/musician Paul J. Vigeant Jr. Digging this creative and organic bass clef shirt design. I picked this shirt Read More …

Some friends published this great DIY guide – “Thrive and Survive in the Music Business: Learn how to book your band, book a tour and get your royalties”

If you are on my socials, you might remember that time early in quarantine….in my hammock…on my tablet. Editing. Writing. Out in the early spring sunshine. So why should you care? Well, here’s the story….and my part in it starts at Winter NAMM 2019. For the record, Liza Carbe is kickass. So is JP Durand, Read More …

Mercury Tree – Huntress

The Ginger Bass Mafia got to open for these guys last year at Orion Studios in Baltimore. I’m loving seeing these video releases from that show. Their instruments were all modded to be microtonal. #feelinglikeaslackernow Video shot by Jefferson Ogata.

The Sound of COVID-19

“Its protein spike contains three protein chains folded into an intriguing pattern. These structures are too small for the eye to see, but they can be heard. We represented the physical protein structure, with its entangled chains, as interwoven melodies that form a multi-layered composition. The spike protein’s amino acid sequence, its secondary structure patterns, Read More …

4/3/2020- COVID-19 Journal

Borrowing this from Kathryn Dietz Hichborn, it seemed like a good Covid journal entry for today. April 3, 2020 Mandatory stay-at-home order issued by the Governor from March 31 to June 10th Gas price a mile from home was $1.84 School cancelled – yes cancelled for the remainder of the school year Self-distancing measures on Read More …

4/1/2020 – COVID -19 Journal

I skipped more than a few days of my COVID journal. I had worked 12 days…basically because of people wanting to rearrange their schedules for lessons due to their work schedules changing. The essential government workers are on shift work now, so the buildings are less populated when they are there. That means people who Read More …

MOD Dwarf

I blame Ben Titus and Steve Lawson. But mostly Ben Titus. Ben says I’ve been a great enabler for the money he’s spent on gear (you are very welcome Pete Skjold). So, it was definitely long overdue for Ben to be my enabler. 19 hours left to go on this Kickstarter. If we ever fly Read More …

Positive Energy Drink

Working on getting a possible “stand up desk” style Skype setup going today. I found this can while cleaning. When I first saw this at AC Moore, it made made me laugh on a particularly rough first day of the RVA Folk Fest. I was nervous, running later than I would have liked, and feeling Read More …

3/22/2020- COVID-19 Journal

I’ve missed more than a few days of entries here.  My schedule…and my whole pacing for my week…and really my whole system of how I do lessons…has gone off the rails for a bit there. I’m getting students (and even some other teachers) migrated over to the online format. Hours and hours of screen time Read More …

COVID-19 Journal – Day 1 – 3/17/2020

Leslie Ann Castro-Woodhouse posted this on her FB page yesterday. This quote will be helpful for context. “As some of you know, I’m a trained historian (PhD, UC Berkeley, 2009). One element I’m especially passionate about is trying to imagine what it was like to live through various moments in time: what was it like Read More …

The win – win for brick and mortar music stores to allow teachers to migrate to online lessons during COVID-19

A thought for the brick and mortar stores considering if online lessons are a wise choice right now. I know brick and mortar locations are deathly afraid of the whole online lesson paradigm. Managers are often quick to point fingers at “online lessons” for “ruining their business”. But yesterday, one store I stopped by had Read More …

2019; It’s a Wrap!

2019. The ending was a bit bumpy, with grandmom’s passing. There were some hard days with a lot of tears this fall. But when you look at the whole year…wow. Just, wow. We opened for Soften the Glare with a new bass-centric project. We pulled content from my solo show, and flushed it out for Read More …

Pepper meets Ananda

I posted about a cat hoarding case earlier this year on social media. And I was were prepping to adopt one of the kittens from that case. First off…kudos to the young lady who is working with around 20 kittens from this case….it involved roughly 100 cats spread over 2 shelters. However this young lady Read More …

Dame Evelyn Glennie

I adore Dame Evelyn Glennie. I see a lot of commonalities in what she talks about…I’m not deaf, but bassists do hear with their bodies. I love collecting instruments. I love feeling music punch through my body. Most musicians know and love that feeling. And to those folks who still believe musicians should not get Read More …

The War of Art

So, I’m blogging this for three reasons… #1 – For all the creative types who thought of pursuing a career in the arts (I do get those in my teaching studio). Usually those folks are isolated and do not have a dirth of support/information/how to manuals on how to do it, let alone understand the Read More …

Changes at the UMW Philharmonic

This made the news recently, in my local area. It would be best to follow the link to the news article before reading the rest of this blog. UMW will not renew contract Philharmonic Orchestra conductor Kevin Bartram I was asked by my private students what I thought of this situation. Especially since I teach Read More …

Setting up the Pedal board and signal path for Fun Home…and how the basses tell the story…

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Consider yourself warned; we’re getting deep into the music nerding today, dear reader. We’ve got more tales from the Fun Home office. Today’s installment; the signal path for 5 basses. And what roles these 5 basses play in the show. I’m running a pedalboard with two Baggs Paraacoustic DIs out. The top chain (with the Read More …

Upcoming Schedule of Shows…

Time for this week’s schedule updates. Tomorrow kicks off week number two of UMW’s production of Fun Home. The remaining FUN HOME shows are are on; Thursday – 11/14, 11/21 – 7:30 PM Friday – 11/15, 11/22 – 7:30 PM Saturday – 11/16, 11/23 – 7:30 PM Sunday – 11/17, 11/24 – 2 PM Head Read More …

The Basses of Fun Home

Sunday’s office was the Sitzprobe at UMW’s Wonder Bread Studios for their production of Fun Home. Consider yourself warned…this post is FULL of bass nerd stuff. Continue on at your own risk. This musical *requires* five basses to play the show. The different basses are called up to help move the story through different decades Read More …

Weekly schedule updates, Celebrating twelve years of Spector in my life, and how I almost owned a red Euro5LX instead of a blue Euro6LX

And, it’s Wednesday again! Time for the upcoming schedule. Here’s where you’ll find me in the coming weeks… NEW BOOKING – Saturday 9/21 – NOVA – The Ashleigh Chevalier Band – LNB Tap House & Grille, 5351 Merchants View Sq, Haymarket, VA 20169, USA 10/11 – 10/13 – Lady Bass Gear will be vending at Read More …

Upcoming schedule for Fall 2019

And, it’s Wednesday again! Here’s where you’ll find me in the coming weeks… Saturday -9/14 – FXBG – Ashleigh Chevalier Band – The Virginia Cider Fest, 2400 Airport Ave, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 – www.vaciderfest.com – 2:30 PM start NEW BOOKING – Saturday 9/14 – FXBG – Ashleigh Chevalier Band – The Colonial Tavern – 406 Read More …

Upcoming schedule…

Here’s where you’ll find me…and my bass guitar…in the coming weeks. 7/18 – 7/20 – Next week is Summer NAMM in Nashville. If you are attending, swing by booth #1133 for a demo of the Gizmotron from Aaron Kipness or myself. www.gizmotron.com 7/18 – Chris Welborn and myself are very proud to be part of Read More …

Gizmotron informal Q&A, live performance clip of “Soul Amputation”

Hey gang…just released a new video. This one happens backstage, pre-show, at Orion Studios, where I’m answering some questions about the Gizmotron unit on my Spector Legend NT. Jefferson Ogata happened to be there…camera in hand…and got this footage of the conversation. The conversation is followed by some live performance clips from “Soul Amputation”. This Read More …

New on Musescore; Killer Queen

A few years ago, I was looking for material on Musescore to use with a Rock For Strings class. I stumbled on a string quartet version of “Killer Queen” and saved it to my hard drive. And it sat dormant for many years as it simply wasn’t used that much. Fast forward a few years Read More …

Creative source….

A parent came in yesterday; a rather cool fellow. Ex military, a drummer, a single dad with two young ladies he’s raising. He’s been following my stories of DIY exploration on Facebook. He told me about a bit of drama that unfolded last weekend. On a major evening. PROM NIGHT. FOR HIS DAUGHTER. AND THE Read More …

May / June 2019 Schedule

Here’s an updated schedule with where I’ll be….with my bass guitar…. in the coming weeks; 5/11 – Private house concert event Saturday – 5/18 – The Ginger Bass Mafia opens for The Mercury Tree at Orion Studios in Baltimore – www.orionsound.com or check out The Ginger Bass Mafia page here on Facebook. Doors at 7 Read More …

Heading home from Glass City

SuperVan 2.0 heads across western Pennsylvania…and we see this. No need for concern folks…we’re ok. Owning a SuperVan is known effective deterrent against Windmill Cancer. #shieldsup In case you are from the far future, and you have no idea what the hell is going in on the popular culture of April 2019…here’s a FAQ on Read More …