Welcome to the
latest edition of my E-Newsletter! It's been a little while since my last correspondence,
but I'm excited to bring all of you up to date with what has been happening over
the last few months.
so much for reading,
Some of you might not be aware yet, but I officially became an Ibanez Artist last year. I'm absolutely thrilled to
be working with the company, and we will be making more formal announcements regarding
our new alliance at key events over the next few months, starting with Bass Player Live on October 22nd and 23rd. In January
I took delivery of my first custom Ibanez 6 string bass, based on the Soundgear series of instruments that have been in production
since 1987. Built to exacting specifications in their Los Angeles-based custom shop,
this bass looks and sounds amazing, and its playability and tone have been nothing
short of inspirational since I started playing it.
Interestingly enough, my new relationship with Ibanez actually carries a bit
of a nostalgic element with it... My first "real" bass guitar was actually
a jet-black Ibanez RD707 4 string that I picked up in the mid-80's. As I was still
a beginner at the time, I remember choosing it based on its silky-smooth playing
action, ergonomic body, and great tone. Although I have most recently chosen the
Soundgear series as the foundation for my latest choices, it's refreshing to know
that those key elements that attracted me to the brand in the past are just as much
a part of the basses being made today. I've been performing and recording with my
new bass non-stop since receiving it, and I can't wait to share some new tracks
that I've recorded with it very soon...
Special thanks to Mike Taft, Pete Chiovarou, and all of the folks at Ibanez/Hoshino
for being so supportive and helpful during this whole process!
It's back! The premier annual Bass event, Bass Player Live!, hosted by Bass Player Magazine will be taking place October 22nd
and 23rd at S.I.R. Studios in L.A. I'll be doing a clinic/performance on
Sunday (10/23) at 11am in Clinic Room B and also be taking part
in the Saturday night All-Star Bass Jam.
Bass Player LIVE! 2011 boasts two days of clinics, exhibits,
and floor and booth demos, all featuring top names like Sly & the Family
Stone/Graham Central Station funk legend Larry Graham,
Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna bass visionary Jack Casady,
session savant Anthony Jackson, Tonight Show Musical Director Rickey
Minor, fusion phenoms Hadrien Feraud and Janek
Gwizdala, Gospel great Andrew Gouche, and many more.
A Saturday night concert will include Lifetime Achievement Award presentations
to Jack Casady and Larry Graham, with performances to follow, as well as a posthumous
Lifetime Achievement Award to James Jamerson, accepted by his
son, James, Jr. The concert will conclude with an all-star jam led by Steve
more information, visit www.bassplayerlive.com
Here are my latest
confirmed bass clinic dates... More coming soon!
Bass Player Live!
Adam Nitti bass clinic: 10/23 at 11am, clinic
Worship For Youth Conference
Bass Club Chicago
Beller Clinic @ MusicDojo Nashville 10/26/11
In case some of you weren't
already aware, back in January, 2011 I relocated all of my music operations to a
business address and named the studio MusicDojo Nashville. One of the visions I had for my
space outside of my regular recording and compositional endeavors was to establish
an educational community where musicians could come and learn from world class players
and music professionals in an intimate setting. To date, we have been fortunate
enough to host exclusive events with Anthony Wellington, Victor Wooten, and Norm
Stockton. On Wednesday, October 26th at 7pm, the MusicDojo
Nashville clinic series continues with mega-bassist Bryan Beller!
Bryan was Steve Vai’s
choice for the 2009 live CD/DVD Where The Wild Things Are, and his new band The
Aristocrats (with guitar phenom Guthrie Govan and drummer Marco Minnemann) is
one of the hottest new acts in rock/fusion today. Other recent touring work includes
the “band” Dethklok, a tongue-in-cheek extreme metal band borne of
the hit “Adult Swim” show Metalocalypse. Bryan will be sharing his
unique stories, shredding, and tonal secrets with us, so you won’t want to
miss this if you're in the Nashville area!
Tickets/Information click HERE.
Any questions? Email us at: email@example.com
MusicDojo Nashville – 1226 Lakeview Dr. Ste. F –
Franklin, TN – 37067 615.763.3865
MusicDojo Clinic Roundup!
There have been
some really exciting things happening at my new studio space lately. In addition
to the 6 week MasterClass series that I began offering back
in July, we have also been hosting clinics from world-reknown bassists. Bassology founder and Vic Wooten Band groove-regulator
Anthony Wellington was our first guest in April. We
had a sold out show and it was a fantastic inaugural event for the MusicDojo community.
Back in August, we hosted an incredible masterclass with none other than Bass-Superhero
Victor Wooten! He was kind enough to take time out of
his very busy schedule to join us, and attendees got to hear some incredible bass
playing as well as his philosophies on studying and developing musicianship. Students
who were enrolled in my Improvisation MasterClass series got an unexpected bonus,
as they got to jam with Victor and receive individualized critique on their playing.
In September, our special guest was solo artist and worship bassist Norm Stockton. Norm performed music from his latest
album, Tea In The Typhoon, and also shared some of his concepts and lessons from
his highly acclaimed instructional DVD series.
2011 Renaissance Man Music