Anatomically Incorrect

Big fun with Lap Steel, Bass and Piano today. We’ve had the best weather this summer, but as if on cue, the smoke from the Sierra Fires are supposedly on their way here. I think last year it was just about August 10, so the timing is about right.

Haunted Camera

I received a new Golden Age R1 Active MKIII Ribbon microphone today and wanted to test it against my trusty AKG microphone, the first test was with a mandolin. Turns out, the two mics complement each other very nicely. The song was just a jam, at first it didn’t sound like a blues song, but the bass line just had to go bluesy –…

Flying

Yesterday I decided to start writing a song using the Lap Steel, and I accidentally stumbled on a way to strum the strings while “dropping” the steel on the strings. The drop was a light handed drop – in fact I tried to make it smooth, but that will take a lot more practice. (The “steel” is the metal bar that lap and pedal…

Copper Tube Proscenium

Yesterday I posted a picture of a pretty snazzy puppet theatre proscenium / arch but it turns out, the scale was not right for anything ornate. I also wondered what color would work. Both texture and color are perfect and the lines also match the rest of the theatre. It is the bow on the package. I wrote another great Baseline and will complete…

Puppet Theatre Miniature Piano and Microphones

I’ve completed my first miniatures for the puppet theatre – and now I have enough props to do a first photo shoot and small puppet music video. The scale is 1:5 – meaning the piano and bench are 1/5th the size of the real thing. I’ll do a proper photo shoot soon. My workshop and puppet theatre are now fully organized, and I have…

Its Love Your Bass Day!

My song writing goes through cycles of concentrating on a subset of instruments that I can play semi – competently. For a while, I abandoned the string bass and used a synth bass (or even the low strings on a lap steel). My wife suggested that I play an octave lower, which meant I really had to play my string bass. I absolutely love…