What Is Hip – Bass Playalong

What Is Hip bass play-along. Made this 2yrs ago and wasn’t real happy with the sloppiness but I’m getting older, not hipper, it’s getting harder to do, so it ain’t gonna get no better.

What Is Hip

Greensleeves on bass

Messing around in the Christmas mood and did this version of Greensleeves on bass.


St. Alphonzo’s Picnic – 2013 Date Is Set

Brian and Sue are graciously hosting the picnic at their house this year. Hope to see you there!

St. Alphonzo’s Pancake Breakfast 2013
Sunday, August 11 from 1:00 – til…
Brian & Sue Soule’s house again.
Bring grillin’ picnic food & drinks.
(Please- no pets.) See you there!

Another Star – The Bluetones

The Bluetones at the Rochester Hyatt perform a mellow version of Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star”. Found the tape but don’t remember the date. Sometime in the 80′s I think. There is no video of the show so I added some NASA photos and video effects.

Another Star

Amazing Journey / Sparks – Bass cover

Amazing Journey and Sparks bass cover, along with some photos of Highland Park in the fall. Bass is a ’99 American Fender Jazz Bass.

Amazing Journey and Sparks bass cover

Straight Ahead – Brian Auger Oblivion Express Play Along

Here’s a play-bass-along with Brian Auger’s “Straight Ahead”. To hear the bass, listen with large speakers, not tiny laptop speakers.

Straight Ahead – Brian Auger

Substitute – The Who (bass play along)

Here’s a play-bass-along with The Who’s “Substitute”. To hear the bass, this really needs to be listened to with large speakers, not tiny laptop speakers.

Substitute – The Who

Lost Woman

Here’s a play-bass-along with the Yardbirds. I love the bass line in this song. Also, I had some fun with my newly upgraded video software, Magix’s Movie Edit Pro. The video effects are probably a bit excessive..

Lost Woman

Building a bass

I went out to the garage to get some curly maple boards to make some games. When I picked up one of the boards, it had a very light feel to it. I knocked on it and it resonated loud and long. I set it aside as a prime board to use to make a bass.

A few years ago, I came across a very nice African Mahogany board which happens to be 13 inches wide. I set that aside too.

My plan is to make a hybrid Fender / Gibson style bass. I love the sound and shape of Fender basses, but also love the mid-range presence of Gibson basses.

This project will be slow going. I can only work on it in my spare time, and I’ll document my progress here.

Here are photos of the laminated blank:

Laminated bass blank

Laminated bass blank with Jazz Bass template

Curly Maple and Mahogany Bass Blank



I bought some Farberware dishes and the price and quality were very decent.

Then, I bought Farberware refrigerator magnets with clips on them. They barely stay on the refrigerator by themselves. There is no possible way they would hold a sheet of paper on there. Okay, I just tried it and it slid down the door. Junk.

I bought a Farberware ice cream scoop. Second time I used it, the gear stripped. Another poorly made Farberware utensil.

My Farberware spatula has lasted for about a year. Now the metal under the rubber has worked its way through. Way to go, Farberware!

Okay Farberware. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, I must be an idiot. I’m imagining a Chinese ‘engineer’ snickering while designing some of these things. Especially the refrigerator magnets.

I bought some dishes by Farberware and they still work ok.. Or maybe they’re emitting invisible poisonous gasses…