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Spooky is Out!

Just in time for Halloween….you can play my version of Spooky at your party or as background music as you open the door for Trick or Treaters.

You can download your copy at CD Baby by clicking this link.   Also here is the video. Or you can watch it on YouTube.

This is my instrumental version of Spooky…..arranged, performed (Yes, that’s me playing electric guitar, string bass, keyboard and synthesizer.) and recorded by me. Spooky was a billboard hit for the group Classics IV in 1968 and then again in the late 1970s for the Atlanta Rhythm Section (ARS). Spooky however, […] Continue Reading…

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Spooky Podcast

So…..that spooky month of the year is coming up.  And I’ve been working on some tricks and treats for all of you.  I have a new cover song coming for the 60s/70s pop hit “Spooky” that I started working on back in the summer.  My cover is an instrumental smooth jazz version of the song.  It’s taken me this long because recording music is not my full-time job, even though I wish it was!  That means I have to squeeze into evenings and weekends and any other free time I can find all the steps required in the multi […] Continue Reading…

DB-8 How to Hold the Bass

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This is lesson DB-8, How to Hold the Bass, and is a continuation of my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.  Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Unlike the bass guitar, or violin you don’t actually “hold” the double bass. It just stands there! Michael Klinghoffer has a nice video on the subject that was helpful to me. It all seems pretty simple and natural. As Kenny Werner says, you need to become one with your instrument. […] Continue Reading…

New CD Released – Give Us Peace

I am doing my part to bring some peace to the world. With so much negative news that we hear each day it’s time to promote peace. I am happy to announce today the release of my new CD – GIVE US PEACE!

You can NOW order it securely online at the CD Baby store website by clicking this link.

You can also buy individual tracks by way of the links on my music page.

Thanks and Peace!

How to Change Ford F-150 Top Hat Style Locking 4×4 Hubs

Just a quick and dirty (in more ways than one) little video on me replacing the manual locking 4×4 hub on a 1987 Ford F-150 pickup. I love this truck. But a little while ago one of the front brakes overheated and melted the locking dial on the driver side hub. These hubs are not available in the Ford parts distribution system, but fortunately I found a pair at Venture Truck Parts in Ogden, Utah. And, voila, I’ve got 4 wheel drive again to haul my bass and other gear around through the snow and mud!

DB-7 What Kind of Accessories Should I Get For the Bass?

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About Accessories for the Bass

This is lesson DB-7, “What Kind of Accessories Should I Get For the Bass?” and is a continuation of  my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.    Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

OK…..What kind of accessories should I get?

Rosin

I know this is a very subjective and passionate subject among many folks and I am certainly no expert.  All I can say at this point is that I know that each rosin is different and what works […] Continue Reading…

DB-6 How to Tune the Double Bass

Here is what I’ve learned so far about how to tune the double bass.

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About Tuning the Bass

This is lesson DB-6, “How to Tune a Double Bass” and is a continuation of  my journal of things I have learned as a beginning adult double bass student.    Be sure to check out my Double Bass Lessons page for a complete list of all of my lessons!

Tuning

The strings on the bass are tuned in fourths: E1,  A1,  D1,  G2  Note:  The other orchestral string instruments, the violin, viola and cello are tuned in fifths.  Also some bassists use an “extension” on the E string to drop the […] Continue Reading…

Newsletter

Hi everyone

It’s been a warm and busy spring and summer for me and I hope yours has been good too. 🌞😎

Between playing double bass in the Evergreen Community Orchestra (ECO) and saying yes to a request to play in the orchestra for the musical Camelot, I played eight concerts in 5 weeks time.  🎻👍😆  The next concert for ECO will be at the Imagine Children’s Museum in downtown Everett on Saturday August 1st at 1:00 pm, located at 1502 Wall St, Everett, WA.

The golf links have been calling my name too so I have spent some time chasing a tiny white ball […] Continue Reading…

Ringtones for iPhones

I added a couple of new ringtones to my music store page.  Now you can rock your phone with ringtones from Nacho Mama or the Sunflower Waltz and make all your friends ask where you got such cool ringtones.

My ringtones are available in the iTunes ringtone format with an .m4r filename extension.  After you purchase a ringtone and download it, next you will have to send it to iTunes. Just open iTunes and drag and drop your ringtone into iTunes and the ringtone will appear under iTunes’ Tones heading in the Library pane.

Sync your iPhone to your Mac or PC and the ringtone will be […] Continue Reading…

David Carroll: Glen Campbell And The Power Of Music – Chattanoogan.com

Awesome article about Glen Campbell and his struggle with Alzheimer’s.
I’ve just watched an amazing film, and I hope you will too, if you haven’t already.  It’s called “I’ll Be Me” and it documents Glen Campbell’s descent into the twilight: Alzheimer’s Disease.
Source: David Carroll: Glen Campbell And The Power Of Music – Chattanoogan.com

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