B.Mus Jazz Performance 1997, magna cum laude,Temple University
B.A. Communications 1992, Penn State University
Esther Boyer scholarship, Temple University
Studied privately with Oteil Burbridge (Allman Bros.)
And Vince Fay
Bass Guitar Expert for About.com Musicians' Exchange
Author of the book Mode Shapes for Bass.
NJ music teacher certification
Tenured faculty at Bergen County Technical High School
Member MENC (Nat'l Assoc. for Music Education)
Member International Assoc. of Jazz Educators
Member American Federation of Musicians Local 802
Endorsee for Barker Vertical Bass (barkerbass.com)
Performances at Lincoln Center, on the Today Show, the CBS Early Show, National Public Radio, Nueva Estrella (CBS 2, NYC). Average 100 appearances a year with Hank Lane Music, playing events throughout the NYC metro area and nationwide. Extensive experience with NYC area rock and singer-songwriter acts.
Andrew Pfaff plays and endorses the Barker Vertical Bass. See videos of me playing this extraordinary instrument,
I find it a great sounding, great looking upright "solution" for the electric player who also gets upright calls. Curious?
Visit my thread on the BVB online forum,
ask me directly, or go straight to barkerbass.com.
Having said that, here's my take on gear.
In general, people place too much importance on gear and not enough on the sound in one's hands.
Before you run out and spend money on a new instrument, see what difference a good neck adjustment will make on your own modest bass. You may be in for a very pleasant surprise.
In my opinion, there are two big secrets to good sound. I am about to impart them to you for free. 1) a minimum of neck relief ("bow"), and 2) a light touch.
I'm not saying more expensive instruments aren't worth the money. Quite often, they are. But it is always a good idea to try to maximize the potential of what you already own before deciding you need a different axe.
video of me playing a
fretless Barker Bass.