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®
I met Ned Steinberger for the first time at the Winter NAMM Show 2019, where he introduced me to the NS Design WAV Radius Bass. Ned is a highly accomplished designer and entrepreneur. My very first bass guitar, a white Cort Headless with Ned Steinberger tuning system, so it's really cool how things come full…Read more NS Design WAV Radius Bass Review!!!
I was pleasantly surprised by the sound of the Ashdown Engineering Tone Pocket Bass Headphone Amp. It's so tiny, yet packed with useful features. My favourite features would be the USB recording and the three band EQ. The Tone Pocket is very light weight and compact. It can literally fit in your pocket. This little…Read more A BIG review for a tiny Tone Pocket by Ashdown Engineering!!!
I have been playing the Hapi Drum for only a month, and I can't seem to put it down. It's like playing a video game, but a lot more fun! The Hapi Drum is a steel tongue drum made in the USA by Graham Doe. It's as if an African thumb piano (Mbira) and a…Read more Hapi Drum… Makes HAPI days!
When I think about how far touch screen technology has come I reference back to the palm pilot I owned back in the 90s. Now there is multi touch technology that the iPhone has made popular. Sensel is introducing touch screen technologies like you've never seen before. Enjoy the video! https://youtu.be/t2XGoE_xplc Enjoy more amazing music…Read more Sensel Morph… touch reimagined
While in Jamaica I bumped into Chevanese Palmer, an awesome bassist/dancer/singer, and a Cunningham Bass and Guitarz endorsed artist. She got me up to speed on her various projects and goals for 2019. Enjoy the video! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRha0swFlh4&feature=youtu.be Enjoy amazing music from Donald Waugh here. Don would love to hear from you. All comments and questions…Read more Chevy Palmer’s new BLADE!!!
We toured about twenty different countries and several cities in a five month span; playing to thousands of people around the world. It was a pleasure working with the Purple Haze Band for that period. I learnt so much about working as a team and understand more about the world at large. It was amazing…Read more New Years 2019 with Purple Haze!
The NAMM Show 2019 was like a play ground for grown men and women who love music. I had the privilege of playing one of Ned Steinberger's amazing basses, the WAV5 Radius bass. I used my trusty Boomerang looper and Digitech RP360XP to lay it down. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld066KUow90&feature=youtu.be Learn more about the NS Design WAV5…Read more Fun with NS Design and Boomerang!
Imagine walking around with a preamp that's also an audio interface for your computer and your phone... Well imagine no further! The Ashdown Tone Pocket bass headphone amp is exactly that. It's amazing how small, yet powerful this device is. There is a three band EQ giving you control over bass, mid range and treble.…Read more Tone in your top pocket… TONE POCKET!
The smooth tones coming from this Magnatone amplifier sound like a cross between a Fender Twin Reverb and a Roland JC120. They are as clean as they get! Magnatone tube amps, with their true stereo vibrato and reverb, are outstanding. https://youtu.be/9khGQH52IMc Learn more about Magnatone here: Enjoy more amazing music from Donald Waugh here. Don…Read more MAGNATONE – tone smoother than a baby’s bottom!
Lots more good news for all my home studio, project studio and pro studio friends! More than 26 years in the business of acoustic treatment, JOCAVI has introduced even more cool products to improve the sound of your recordings. The acoustic treatments will help you to record amazing music; everything from tracking drums, guitar, bass,…Read more JOCAVI Acoustic Treatment Re-imagined!
I don't like changing strings! I find the activity boring and tedious. Having said that, Optima Strings GOLD are the longest lasting strings I have ever used in my twenty-three year career. How will they make money if their strings take so long to die... hahaha! I used the same set of strings for about…Read more Optima Strings @ NAMM 2019
Imagine a guitar cable that can clean up your tone. No more hum or buzz! Well imagine no further, because Cordial Cables has now introduced the High Copper cable for musicians at a very competitive price. Listen to how clean my tone is.... wow! Enjoy the video. https://youtu.be/3zNWHjUhl08 Learn even more about Cordial Cables here.…Read more The Cordial Cable Review
A new generation of drumming innovation. The BeatBox Drums are now in their seventh iteration. The the first generation of BeatBox weighed well over 70lbs, which made it a bit expensive to travel with as checked luggage. Matt, CEO/Founder of BeatBox Drums, was determined to get it flight ready, so he redesigned the instrument and…Read more Beat Box Drums – Innovation in travel drums!
The bass guitar is by far the most modified instrument in the modern era. It all started with the four string bass invented by Paul Tutmarc back in the 1930s, which at the time was revolutionary. Leo Fender made the four string bass the standard in the 1950s and beyond. Of course, the bass evolved…Read more The 7 String Bass Archive!
So many new products from MG Bass Guitars this year. I was only able to check out a few. The new Wave Bird is a red five string bass made with Padauk/Maple and a Birdseye Maple fingerboard. This beauty could easily be the show's favourite. The Desert Buckeye Burl is another fantastic instrument which has…Read more Tone heaven @ MG Bass Guitars
Finding the Holy Grail of bass! I spent some time at Anaconda Basses at NAMM 2019. I had the priviledge of playing the Anaconda Ultra J, "Jazz bass on steriods". All I can say is WOW! Enjoy the video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9WiuAx6yH4 Learn more about Anaconda Basses here. Enjoy even more music from Donald Waugh here.
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