First Solo Electric Bass Gig

Twitter is a many-splendoured thing. I first read about it in Bass Player Magazine, where there was a printed exchange (interview) between Bryan Beller (of Aristocrats/Dethklok fame) and Steve Lawson (of UK supreme solo bass awesomeness). Bryan was interviewing Steve about the power of Twitter and how social media can land you all kinds of great work.

I signed up for a Twitter account (@braydenwise in case you’re not already following me) while on tour with The Central Band of the Canadian Forces. I will readily admit that I haven’t even scratched the surface yet of what Twitter can do for me, but I will tell you this — it has exposed me to a variety of great bassists, all of whom are doing really awesome things both in band and solo settings.  It was the solo folks and the people doing house concerts that really caught my attention, however.

Flash forward to the present, and here I am, getting ready to do my own solo bass gig. This one is for work, and is a low-pressure, not-in-the-spotlight, background-type gig, it’s great chance for me to put together some rep and play with some toys that I haven’t really had a good chance to put to use yet (like my Boss RC-20XL looper and some of the groovier effects on my Line 6 Bass Pod Pro XT Live). Here’s what’s on my set list so far:

  • Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Violoncello (Bach)
    • Prelude
    • Allemande
    • Courante
    • Sarabande
    • Menuet 1 and 2
    • Gigue
  • Isn’t She Lovely (Stevie Wonder)
  • Irish Tune from County Derry (Traditional)
  • Just The Two of Us (Grover Washington Jr.)
  • Solo – Vintage Precision Bass (Michael League)
  • Orpheus at Sunrise (B. Wise)

As far as axes go, I’m planning on using my own gear. I do love my work basses, but sometimes you just need to bring out the stuff that you really love.  I’ll be playing mostly my Warwick Thumb Bolt-on 5 for this gig, and bringing along my ’73 P-Bass.

I hope to record at least some of what transpires on the job, so stay tuned for some samples coming down the line.

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