July 5, 2018 Bass Loop
I am posting this week’s video a day light since yesterday was Independence Day here in the United States. I spent the day RELAXING….it was great. This past weekend I.R.E. played both Friday and Saturday night at the Boogie in North Georgia. We had a great time and listened to some wonderful music. The highlight was having Bill Fleming sit in with us on his pedal steel guitar. He makes any song sound better with his tasteful playing, and I am blessed he invited us to his property this year.
This week’s bass loop video is a funky little loop with some slap bass, funky chords, and a staccato funk melody. I think it turned out pretty good, but watch below and leave a comment to let me know what you think!
June 27, 2018 Bass Loop
This weekend I.R.E. is playing at The Boogie in North Georgia headlining Friday night and playing Saturday afternoon as well. This was the first show I played with the band last year, so it is nice to be back playing two sets with them in the woods!
I am real happy about how this week’s bass loop video turned out. Nice relaxing jam with some good melodies. Check the video out at below and leave a comment!
Hear the Funk Sizzle – June 20, 2018 Bass Loop
I am back on schedule! This week’s bass loop video has a lot more solo slapping in it than normal. I am still getting used to the smaller string spacing on my 7 string, so it can be a little rough at times. Make sure to watch and leave a comment on the video below!
I am 3 edits away from finishing all the music for Sophomore Sizzler. I’ve been listening to the album to and from work the last couple weeks, and I am pumped to share it with you. It is funky all the way through, and I really enjoy how the album flows together. I can definitely see the improvement between my first album and this one which is awesome!
Before I can release the album, I need to get some cover art done, and I want a funky yellow suit. Do you have any ideas of where to get one?
PS. IRE will be at Huey Luey’s in Sandy Springs on Friday from 7-11PM. Here’s the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/223156905152273/
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June 8, 2018 Bass Loop
I thought that after vacation I would be refreshed and ready for a new week of funkin’ and bassin’, but it was hard to get back in the swing of things! I uploaded this video to my YouTube on Friday, and I realized I did not send an e-mail about it, so here it is! Check out the bass loop video at the link below, and leave a comment with what you think.
This past Saturday I turned 30 years old! It feels like a big milestone although I have a lot left to do in life and in music that plan to continue on sharing with you. I celebrated at a free festival in downtown Atlanta that brought the funk with some of my favorite bands Voodoo Visionary and Kung Fu. Check them out, they’re funky. In my thirties, I want to be more open to all people who come from all different walks of life, to treat every individual with the respect as if they are royalty, and to spread love and peace through more funky music.
Camp Reggae over the weekend was a blast! I love that campground in Turtletown, Tennessee, and it’s great seeing familiar faces at a festival. We played with the band’s old drummer because our current drummer was out of town, so that was definitely interesting. We had never played together before, and we did not practice at all. We pulled it off though!
On Saturday, I am leaving for the sunny beaches of Florida to vacation with my girlfriend and her family. I am planning on still making a bass loop video for next week, but I might send the e-mail later than usual.
This week’s looping video is a simple funk bass line that I created different layers over to play the melody and improvise. It’s definitely a fun loop to play, and I enjoy how the video turned out. Let me know what you think in the comments of the video!
May 23, 2018 Bass Loop
What a weekend it was at Alphapalooza 2018 in Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee! I.R.E. played the headlining set on Saturday, and it was a blast. We all had a great time playing music, listening to some of my favorite local bands, and partying around the fire all night long. The property was beautiful! Check out my Instagram (@professor_john) for some pictures.
Now on to this week’s video…it almost did not get made! As much fun as I had at Alphapalooza, our band van broke down in Palmer, Tennessee on Sunday morning, it was raining, and we were all feeling pretty rough. It definitely threw a wrench into my plans and my schedule, but we had the van towed (very expensive) and fixed. I was very tired, but I did record the video on Monday and got all the editing done before this morning. Although I was tired, this loop is has one of my favorite melodies from all the loop videos so far. It is simple, but it just sounds good. Check out the video below and leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Happy Belated Mother’s Day!
I hope everyone had a great Mother’s Day whether you are a mother or celebrated your mom! I love and appreciate my mom so much…she had to listen to so much bad bass playing! In this week’s video, I really wanted to make something that had a beautiful melody for my mom, so I did and I like how it turned out. This might be one of those melodies that turn into a full song.
The air conditioning was out in the new place, so I decided to wear a wife beater (we really need to change that name) and get the fan in my hair for this video to stay less sweaty. I hope you enjoy.
My Cinco de Mayo this year was a blast. Every year there is a golf tournament to memorialize a friend who was lost way too early, and this year it happened on Cinco de Mayo. I love seeing old friends I have not seen in a long time and picking up and talking like no time was lost, and we raised a bunch of money for the Atlanta Music Project. The Atlanta Music Project provides instruments and instructors to underprivileged kids in Atlanta. The kids performed a couple songs on Saturday, and it was awesome.
This week’s video is just based off a funk groove a came up with on the spot. Let me know if you like it!
New House, New Video
I finally moved everything out of the old house and into the new one, so I have my 7 string back for this week’s video. The video this week is based off improvising off a groovy bass line. Check the video out below and make sure to subscribe to my channel!
Rough Day, New Video
I woke up today with a terrible pain in my left calf. It felt like my muscle was trying to rip itself out of my skin. I googled it later (basically like going to the doctor), and I think I had a nocturnal leg cramp. I need to drink some more water because that is definitely one of the worst ways I have been woken up before.
How about some good news? Last week’s “No Update” did motivate me to finish the album. I am working on getting the final levels right in the mastering, and it will be finished. I am trying to figure out a way to get the album out to you while I am working on the cover art, so you can at least hear some of the tunes. If you have any ideas, shoot me an e-mail.
This week’s video is really cool. I used fuzz and octave effects to make the sounds, and since I am not usually an effects guy, I was surprised at how much I liked the final product. Check it out below and comment with what you think.