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Livin It Up In Southern Indiana!!


...............Livin' it up in Southern Indiana!.................

Thanks for stopping by.... Here are a few pictures from a family jam session. We covered several songs that night and simply TORE THE HOUSE DOWN with our version of "Blue on Black" by Kenny Wayne Sheppard. Big fun!


My main bass is a 1992 Fender Jazz Plus. It is active or passive pick-ups and a rosewood fretboard. Made in the USA! I love it, I play it through a Yorkville XM100 combo. This little amp rocks! Check out the reviews on this site. I also have an Epiphone 4 string P bass, it was my first bass. I bought it used but it is still in good shape.

I use DR Red Devil strings!! They really look and sound great. The coating that gives them EXTRA life makes them feel great too! They have terrific customer service - check out this story Customer Service

Here is my son playing in his first band...


My son has a Vintage Ovation Viper hardbody electric which he plays through an early 70's Fender Princeton tube amp. We use a Digitech RP50 amp modeler for guitar effects and it has 30 drum patterns. I don't use effects but I do have a Tascam CD-BT1 that has a few on it.


Here are some great resources that I strongly recommend for beginning bass players:

Wheat's Bassbook - free online book written by James "wheat" Martin. AB member Wheat's AB home page

Bass Guitar for Dummies - typical "dummies" book by a not so typical writer, Patrick Pfeiffer. AB member Patrick's AB home page - this is the best resource for bass players in the world! If you are just beginning, I recommend becoming familiar with the members who spend a lot of their time contributing to the AB "fretbuzz" forums. After you get to know these wonderful people, go to their homepage and check out their favorite lessons and their published lessons. This is a great way to find the really good lessons in the ocean of lessons that are not so beneficial.

Musical Influences

  • I grew up in the late 70's, early 80's. I listened to Styx, Queen, Pink Floyd, Eagles, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, etc.
  • Early in high school I got into rap, funk, and some really crappy dance music. Later on I moved into blues, R&B, and jazz.
  • Then when I started working for a living, I listened to a lot of country. I find that I can like all kinds of music.

Favorite Recordings

  • Fruits & Nuts - Phoenix (Patrick Pfeiffer)
  • John Lee Hooker - Baby Talk
  • Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, I'm Not