I have been on tour every year for several years, but all that has changed due to the pandemic. Being on the road in different countries every week, and not being home for any longer than a few months at a time, can get old after a while. I needed some family time, so I…Read more Stay Loose – Donald Waugh
The world have been totally changed since the pandemic started. Some say the world needed a well needed break and it definitely got a break. Pollution levels around the world have been drastically reduced. As businesses slowly reopen, many changes have to be implemented to keep people safe. Washing hands regularly, social distancing and wearing…Read more The New Normal
After ten years of song writing, Donald Waugh has included all the juicy details of his life's journeys, aboard a cruise ship, traveling around the world, and learning about people and different cultures, on his album Just Passing Through. Find out about how he navigates love, break ups, world political issues, motivation, inspiration and so…Read more 14 Life Hacks you need to know!
Sometimes I like to just sit by my window in my basement and look outside while I practice my bass! I sometimes forget what time it is and can go all day and night without eating, but obviously that would be stupid... (my wife makes sure I am not stupid. Lol) Since the first moment…Read more Practicing in the dark on the Wing Bass!
I have been wanting to play the piano for many years, but I had been too chicken to try because my best friend Jerome Tulloch plays like Chick Corea. Imagine playing in a band with someone that's a total wiz on the piano.... yep! 🤨 When I started touring in other bands and eventually moved…Read more Bass Player who plays PIANO? 🤔
And here we go again! Here's another 7 string, but this one is a tiny bit different than what you're used to. As a matter of fact, it's tiny! Introducing the Wing Bass 30. Enjoy the video! https://youtu.be/KYuBwSuRscU Learn more about Wing Bass 30 here. Here's some more footage of just playing. (No talking) https://youtu.be/INzvVkdLrq4…Read more Wing Bass 30 tone demo! 🤯
If you have been following my career over the years, you may already know I am a fan of the 7 string bass. If you are also a fan, I have some good news for you. Today we are doing a sound demo of the amazing MG Bass Guitars Desert Buckeye Burl 7 string bass.…Read more MG Bass Guitar tone demo! 🤯
I had a chat with Mike from Drumnetics about his revolutionary drum pedals. Spoiler Alert: There are no springs!!! Enjoy the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmMo1eZJMbA&t=24s Learn more about Drumnetics Pedals here Enjoy other cool videos here. Don would love to hear from you. All comments and questions welcome!
I love playing the piano and I love playing the bass, so I decided on playing them both at the same time. Enjoy the video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJScKt_G5tE&feature=youtu.be Don would love to hear from you. All comments and questions welcome!
Jamaica is a very special place; the food, sports and best of all the music. Almost everyone I've met in my life knows who Bob Marley is. Having said all that, the music has slowly evolved into several sub genres like dance hall and in this case "Dub". An improvisational, but simple approach to the…Read more Dub Reggae in Jamaica
Keeping inspired is not always easy, but a great way to activate that vibe is by listening to amazing music from the 60s to the 90s. There's so much to learn and grow. I really love writing songs, but sometimes I feel a bit of writer's block. When I need a bit of a 'pick…Read more Get onboard the train… Love Train
Just when you thought the guitar had no further to go in terms of innovation, Visionary Instruments said, "Hold my beer". It's amazing how they are able to fuse modern technology with the traditional electric guitar in a seemless and practical way. Enjoy the video. https://youtu.be/wmmmQ1G5AEs Learn more about Visionary Instruments here. Don would…Read more Visionary Instruments at NAMM 2020
It's very nice to talk with passionate and positive people; they somehow make your day so much better. Having a conversation with Mark Gooday, CEO of Ashdown Engineering, did just that. Ashdown announced their entry into bass guitar manufacturing with several designs, and they also have new amp models for 2020. Enjoy the video. https://youtu.be/Dj8D_uEDpp0…Read more Ashdown Engineering at NAMM 2020
It's such an exciting time to be a musician. Lanikai Ukuleles just unveiled their new line of ukuleles. The most notable are the new bass ukuleles, thin line and signature line of ukes. I was fortunate enough to gain access to them for a few hours back at the hotel during NAMM. Here's my first…Read more First Impressions of Lanikai Bass and Tenor Ukes!
MG Bass Guitars announced new models and options for their JB1 Jazz bass series as well as unveiling Donald Waugh's new custom Desert Buckeye Burl 7 String bass. Enjoy the video https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=PqaKal1raEg Learn more about MG Bass Guitars here. Don would love to hear from you. All comments and questions welcome!
Don had a chat with the iconic Ned Steinberger at NAMM 2020 in Anaheim, California. Ned announced his very first six string CR series bass guitar. Enjoy the video. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hVqVPJFza2I https://youtu.be/UH8scG4sHTo Learn more about NS Design CR Series here. Don would love to hear from you. All comments and questions welcome!
Let me start by saying Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! As we wrap up 2019, we look back and say thank you for all your support of the blog. Next up is NAMM 2020; the adventures continue. I made it to the big 40 and achieved a few goals. For example, I have…Read more 2020 Looks Bright!
I have been using 5A CooperGroove drum sticks for a couple of years and so far they have been amazing. I upgraded a few weeks ago to the newly designed 5A sticks and also decided to go with the slightly longer model, the 5A-165 (16.5 inches long as opposed to 16 inches). That extra half…Read more Does size matter?
The journey started in July of 2019 when I met the folks at Lanikai Ukuleles. I got the opportunity to play an amazing quality ukulele for the first time and it was like a dream come true. I never knew the ukulele could sound that good! Most people view the ukulele as a classroom instrument,…Read more Three reasons to play the Ukulele
I have been touring around the world for about ten years and it's been an amazing experience. I was able to write and record an album while on tour in hotel rooms, and was able to mix it while we waited in airports and on the tour bus. There are so many tools available to…Read more The Ultimate Travel Studio?
It's been two month since I made the decision to jump into the deep end and learn the piano. It's been an uphill battle to say the least, but a fun process never the less. I have had midi controllers laying around my studio for years and I haven't really been using them much; maybe…Read more My Piano Journey – The Deep End
Wow... Just when you thought the drum set could never be improved! Welch Tunings System has re-engineered the way Drums are tuned with their tuning technologies. Imagine being able to tune your drums quickly with one knob or better yet tune your drums to the key of the songs you play together in a band…Read more Tuning drums with ONE knob?
I started my ukulele adventure about two months ago and I must say it's been a blast. The ukulele is such a portable little instrument, so versatile for song writing and live performances, and it is indeed a blessing to behold. Why did I start playing the ukulele, you may ask? Funny story... I so…Read more The New Ukulele Adventures!
Not all boom stands were made equal, so today I will compare two of the leading microphone boom stands on the market and see which one is right for you! Enjoy the Video. https://youtu.be/A428FvxjGdY Learn more about Hercules Stands here. Don would love to hear from you. All comments and questions welcome!
I have been a professional musician for a couple of decades and I have learned over the years that there is no need for expensive gear to produce amazing music. With the advances in technology and more companies competing in the marketplace, prices have been driven way down. FIFINE Technology is one such company that…Read more Amazing Dynamic Mic for CHEAP!!!🙀
I started playing through a TrickFish Amp, with a single 10 inch speaker, at the BackBeat booth adjacent to the TrickFish booth and I just couldn't stop. It was so clean, clear and punchy. I was very surprised that my F# string was heard without breaking up... and yes, I was playing my 8 string…Read more Why TrickFish amps are so punchy!
I found out about the Mobile Catch clamps a couple years ago at the 2017 Summer NAMM Show. At first, I thought they were only used for photography, but I quickly realized there was a lot more to these clamps. At the time of meeting Michael, the CEO, I had my bass and looper pedal…Read more 5 Reasons You Need a Mobile Catch!
Finding an instrument that makes you want to play and makes you happy is a miracle. There are so many things in life that can get you down, so having music with you on the go can be your cheap medicine, and the great thing is...music has no bad side effects! 😁 I have been…Read more Could the Ukulele be the perfect travel companion?
There are several products available to us in 2019 for the purpose of looping and performing, on stage and in the studio. Some better that others. So the question is, would you loop with the Boss RC10R? 🤔 The short answer is yes, but not so fast... I have looped with the TC Electronic Ditto,…Read more Would you loop with the Boss RC10R?
We had a little chat with Joey from Cordial Cables USA about their new offerings for 2019! The Cordial Cables transmit some of the cleanest signals you'll hear coming from your instrument. Enjoy the video! 🎶😊 https://youtu.be/Yem0t5AVwbU Cordial Cable Review https://youtu.be/3zNWHjUhl08 Don would love to hear from you. All comments and questions welcome!
When I got my first 7 string bass I thought that I would never play any more than 7 strings on a bass...until now. I met Maurício Costa from MGBass Guitars and he introduced me to the 8 string Extreman bass. I was a bit intimidated by the size of the neck at first, but…Read more The 8 String Bass Experience!
It's day two of the Summer NAMM Show and we are having a lot of fun! I met with the folks at Lanikai Ukulele and they were nice enough to let me borrow one of their tenor Ukuleles for this video. Warning it's my first time playing a tenor Ukulele! Enjoy. 😁🎶 https://youtu.be/gKSWDhxrKn8 Don would…Read more Fun times with the Ukulele
When it comes to musical instrument development, it's hard to find innovation. The folks at WalkaBout thought outside the box and combined a Cajon and a guitar to invent the WalkaBout® Venture! Check out the sound in the video below. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/exZXIj4nj5M Don would love to hear from you. All comments and questions welcome!
I am here in Nashville feeling quite inspired, so here we go! Summer NAMM 2019 is now in full swing and will be fantastic. Follow us on the journey, you won't regret it. https://youtu.be/-68c7qATsTI Where should I go first? 😁🎶 Here's my work station for the next four days! What an amazing time to be…Read more Day 1 of Summer NAMM’19
For all the folks who needed a wireless microphone, but could not afford one... Fifine has figured out a way to produce a wireless microphone with good quality sound and build, for a very affordable price. Wow... Enjoy the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yl1cM1Nx2M4&feature=youtu.be Don would love to hear from you. All comments and questions welcome!
Finding the right tone for a song can sometimes be a challenge. It could be, you need a different amp, instrument, strings, or even your recording method. Today we look at strings and how they effect your sound. You are going to be quite surprised how many different tones you can achieve by your string…Read more The Ultimate Battle – Flats vs Rounds
What is the best way to develop your groove? Some would say practice to a metronome and they would be correct, but practicing with a metronome can get a bit monotonous. I believe if you're going to spend hours doing an activity, it should at least be fun! Enjoy the video. https://youtu.be/cwaf2pP3piw Don would love…Read more How to groove!
Wow!!! I went into this review blind. I had no idea what to expect from the Kick Pad and Punch Master from the folks at Jocavi Acoustic Panels. Spoiler alert!!! They sound great on the kick drum and it was quite easy to install too. Enjoy the video. https://youtu.be/nj684obLxsQ Learn more about Jocavi Acoustic Panels…Read more Kick and Punch… that’s all you need!😁🎶
Being an entrepreneur and a musician is a very fun and rewarding experience, but it also comes with the challenges of motivation. Setting your own agenda, without someone over you like a coach, requires you to develop self-motivation. It's not everyday you will feel the vibes, but you have to do it anyway until the…Read more Let your best self emerge!
The wing bass is an amazing innovation in travel instruments. Being able to put a bass guitar under the seat on a plane is awesome! The Wing Instruments company keeps innovating and pushing the envelope. Many of us who travel with our bass or guitar have been told "there is no space in the overhead…Read more Wing Instruments… Flying!!!
I have been touring solo (One Man Band) since 2013, all around the world, from Alaska to Canada, the Caribbean to Mexico, the USA to Europe, and more. Touring solo has been a fantastic experience and also a great learning opportunity. Being able to engage your audience when you are all by yourself is quite…Read more Finally a drummer that fits in your back pocket!
I have been using Phil Jones Bass products for about two years and I must say it's been a pleasant experience. I was able to have a quick word with the man himself to find out what's new and exciting this year. If you thought that BP400 was amazing, they decided to double the power…Read more Phil Jones Bass @ SNAMM Show ’18
It's 1AM and I was just about to go to bed. Suddenly it hit me...🤔😳💡Could the Ashdown Engineering Tone Pocket be used as a mixer? I tour about 250 days each year and find myself in airports and hotel rooms more often than I can count. Having a device that's really small that fits in…Read more The Tone Pocket Experiment!
It was such an honour chatting with Willian Brito, CEO/Founder of River Strap and the designer of the DW Signature strap I currently use for all my basses. Willian, is also an accomplished bass player from Ecuador who's been touring for many years. Having said that, he's knows exactly what working bass players and guitar…Read more Meet the genius behind RIVER STRAPS®
When I look in the mirror today, I see a much different person than twenty years ago. I remember back in high school I hardly ever completed anything. I would start a project and get bored or frustrated and just give up halfway through the process. When I got to college I had to kick…Read more Should you have a set goal or an open mind?
There are two types of people on this earth, doers and then there are complainers! I must admit it's way easier to be a complainer and that's why a lot of people go that route. Being a doer even when people are telling you to give up and come over to the complainers' side is…Read more Keep your eyes on the prize!
Core from NS Design was nice enough to loan me an NS Design CR5 Radius Bass to check out and get familiar with. This was my very first experience with this type of electric bass. The cool thing about this instrument is the radius (curve). The finger board, pickups and even the body have the…Read more The NS Design CR5 Radius Bass is KILLIN’
The moment I decided to become and a musician was the the day I took on a great challenge. Practicing for several hours, performing and traveling the world are just a few of the things I do to move forward in my music career. Exercising, eating healthy, getting enough sleep, spending quality time with my…Read more Success comes to those who complete tasks
With all the Corona virus stuff that’s going on, it has forced many musicians to cancel their shows due to the limitations set by governments. What better thing is there to do while at home with a lot of time on your hands? MUSIC!! Enjoy the video. https://youtu.be/dYGvq6nWq1s Enjoy other cool videos here. Don would…Read more Stuck at home, so here’s some music! 😁