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We Are All In This Together: January 2021 Issue

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We Are All In This Together: January 2021 Issue

Here we are in January 2021… and 2020 has been a life-altering year that has made A HISTORICAL LANDMARK of the year gone by.

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I mean think about it, we have never been closer to each other by being apart, maintaining our social distance from people. And what I mean by being closer is that for one of the first times in modern history the entire world is dancing to the same exact beat at exactly the exact same time.

I have always believed in converting life’s harder challenges into an eventual reward, working with the invisible as opposed to becoming paralyzed by what I can see that I don’t yet understand.

When those situations arise, I have always looked at it as an opportunity to turn my frustrations into art and education in order to bypass what I must consider as an opportunity and not a deterrent from my true destiny. Because there are only two choices, make it better or accept that it’s going to get worst, which has never been an option for me.

You are what you eat, you are what you think, and you are who you hang out with. All this is part of the conscious journey we must take in order to adapt to the changing times that have always happened throughout history.

In this January 1, 2021 issue of Bass Musician Magazine, I decided to reach out to my most inspiring Musician Friends, Company Presidents, and Individuals that have been instrumental in my life as well as so many others around the world. These people bring happiness in one form or another as well as being the most Loyal human beings to themselves and their true mission in life… I am lucky enough to have known them.

I asked them some important questions and got some important answers that will fill your mind and soul with the energy and possibilities that you can really use as a sounding board to get you grooving and moving to your own beat in 2021.

In this issue, you will be hearing what Billy Sheehan, Rhonda Smith, Alain Caron, Kevin Brandino Brandon, Matt Eichen (President of Musicvox), Scott Fietsam (President of Morley), Sheldon Dingwall (President of Dingwall Guitars), Phil Rehm, Paul Belgrado (Belgium Luthier PBSI), Brandon Michael and the great Dr. John Manhold who is turning 102 years old and is a real-life true renascence man who has actually seen it all and even got to hang out with Albert Einstein (COME ON!!!!!!).

Visit Online: Billy Sheehan, Rhonda Smith, Alain Caron, Kevin Brandino Brandon, Matt Eichen, Scott Fietsam, Sheldon Dingwall, Phil Rehm, Paul Belgrado, Brandon Michael, Dr. John Manhold

I want to thank everyone who took part in this epic interview about the present and future, as well as Raul and Valery from BMM for letting me be me as well as all the listeners and viewers who will be taking part in this positive energy transfer.

As strange as this may all seem, we are all going through this together and that means that we are truly not alone.

Let us take advantage of this new-found extra time and really try to extract the nectar of positivity and personal evolution from it so we are ready to kick some serious new ass for when the curtain comes up to expose it in all its glory.

May this be your greatest year ever.

Love and Respect Momo

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Working-Class Zeros: Episode #3 – John Patitucci IG Video, The Summer Festival Gig, iPads on Stage

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WORKING-CLASS ZEROS With Steve Rosati and Shawn Cav

In this episode we cover John Patitucci’s IG video about saying ‘no’ to the gig, the Summer Festival gig, and iPads on stage (sure it’s awesome but is it necessary?)

These stories from the front are with real-life, day-to-day musicians who deal with work life and gigging and how they make it work out. Each month, topics may include… the kind of gigs you get, the money, dealing with less-than-ideal rooms, as well as the gear you need to get the job done… and the list goes on from there.” – Steve the Bass Guy and Shawn Cav

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Interview With Bassist Curly Hendo

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Interview Wity Bassist Curly Hendo

Bassist Curly Hendo…

Hailing from Sydney, Australia, bassist Curly Hendo has been super busy. Starting with dance from a young age, Curly took up bass shortly after and has been going strong ever since. She has collaborated with numerous acts worldwide and is an in-demand session/touring bassist and musical director.

Join me as we learn about Curly’s musical journey, how she gets her sound, and her plans for a very bright future.

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

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New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers

New Gear: Aguilar Amplification Next-generation Tone Hammer and AG Series Amplifiers…

Aguilar Amplification is excited to unveil the next generation of Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers. These amplifiers are designed to meet the exacting standards of today’s bassists, enhancing their musical expression through in-demand features and fresh new designs.

The latest innovations in the Tone Hammer and AG series include the introduction of the Aguilar Cabinet Suite, dual XLR outputs, expanded connectivity options, and power section upgrades. These features not only provide superior sound quality and flexibility but also maintain the classic Aguilar performance that musicians have relied upon.

Key features of the next-generation amplifiers:

Aguilar Cabinet Suite: This new software allows players to load Aguilar ’s custom-designed SL/DB cabinet impulse responses (IRs), or their own custom IR files. This feature is available through both XLR and headphone outputs, offering new tone shaping and cabinet emulation options.
 
Dual XLR Outputs & Expanded Connectivity: Musicians can now tailor their tone and utilize cabinet IRs for their monitor mix, while also sending a pre-EQ ’d signal directly to the front-of-house. This dual functionality ensures optimal sound for both the artist and front-of-house. The new amplifiers include auxiliary input and headphone output options for silent practice. They also feature mix controls to fine-tune the listening experience, ideal for both practice and performance.

Upgraded Power Sections: Previously exclusive to Aguilar’s 700-series, the upgraded power sections in the Tone Hammer and AG 500 now support a 2.67 ohm load and include universal mains. These enhancements make the amplifiers perfect for international touring, offering seamless voltage adaptation.

“The new Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are a testament to Aguilar ’s commitment to world class sound and performance, providing bassists with the tools they need to define their sound on the global stage,” remarks Jordan Cortese, Brand Manager, Aguilar Musical Instruments.

The next-generation Tone Hammer and AG series amplifiers are available for purchase through www.aguilaramp.com and Aguilar’s extensive dealer network worldwide. For more information about the new amplifiers and other Aguilar products, please visit www.aguilaramp.com.

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

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Artist Update With Bassist Derek Frank

Bassist Derek Frank…

Many of you will remember the last time I chatted with Derek Frank was back in 2017. The main thing that impressed me was how busy Derek was and how he juggled playing with many huge acts.

Now, I am happy to hear that Derek launched a new album last March titled “Origin Story” where he digs deep into his roots and pays homage to Pittsburg.

Join me as we get caught up after all these years and hear the details about the new album, how Derek gets his sound, and his plans for the future.

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String Instrument Humidifiers

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String Instrument Humidifiers

String Instrument Humidifiers

After living in some very humid parts of the country for decades, we moved to a dryer, much sunnier location. As a result, I started noticing some fret sprout on my string instruments and recently did a video on fret sprout correction.

It occurred to me that I should take a more preventative approach to string instrument humidification. Of course, I turned to my instrument maintenance experts, Music Nomad Equipment Care, for a solution and they suggested their Humitar series. (Note: They sent two press samples and I purchased the remainder online.)

Join me as I look at these useful tools for keeping my string instruments in tip-top condition.

The Humitar series is available online at Music Nomad Equipment Care, as well as Amazon.com

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