“Word Up” Loop Cover

So this week for my looping video, I did a cover of Cameo’s “Word Up”.  If you want to skip the story below, click here to check it out.

I got the idea to this cover of “Word Up” because my 8 year old loves the song!  I’ve been trying to show him the ways of the funk, and sometimes it works.  For the past few months, he asks me to put on “Word Up” on the way home from school.  One day while we are jamming out in the car, I realized I can definitely loop this and play the melody, so I did and I was really feeling it.

He was in the other room while I was making the video, and the next day he told me how much he liked it, and that he was going to go on YouTube and like it.  LOL. So I hope you enjoy the video as much he does.  Check out the video below and make sure to like, comment, and subscribe to my channel!

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Stay funky,

Professor John

Album Update and Bass Guitar Loop 03.14.2018

I hope everyone is having a funky good time wherever they are!  This week I have another bass guitar looping video with the 7 string bass that you can check out by clicking here.  I have been having a blast with this new 7 string, and I think it is going to be a great tool to use for writing parts for upcoming albums…

Speaking of which, I am just about done with Sophomore Sizzler.  It’s turning out great, and it is definitely an album I am very proud of.  I have a few minor tweaks to work on that no one would probably notice except myself, but I have to make it so it sounds how I know it should sound.  I need a really fly suit for my album cover, so if anyone has any ideas on where to get one of those, please let me know!

Check out the video below and let me know what you think!  Subscribe to my YouTube channel if you have not already!

Ibanez BTB7 and New Looping Video

Funny story.  I went to my local Sam Ash music store looking for a used fuzz or distortion pedal.  While I was there I tried out some of the basses they had there.  I have been thinking about picking up a 6 string, so I decided tried some out.  The first one I picked up and started playing, but I got confused.  It was because it was a 7 string!  Once I figured it out, it was so easy to play and sounded great.

The next day I went back to the store and bought it!  So I went to the store for a used fuzz pedal and left with a 7 string bass!

The main reason I wanted this bass was to expand on my looping and for songwriting purposes.  I am going to make a video of me looping with the 7 string bass every week and upload it to my YouTube Channel.  If you have not subscribed to my YouTube channel, please do so!  There are some ridiculous requirements now to share in the advertising, so every subscribe helps!

Click here to watch the first video I have made with the new Ibanez 7 String Bass!

I finished recording all the bass parts for Sophomore Sizzler on Monday after work, so I decided to take a picture of my bass and my studio in all its glory (and mess!).  My studio is a simple but effective setup that doubles as an office, and I love my Fender Jazz Bass so I had to get that in there too.

Now that all the music is done for the album, I will be busy mixing and mastering all of the songs.  This is definitely my least favorite part of the process, but the music is sounding great so I’ll make it through!  I expect to be finished with the mixing and mastering in about a month, and hopefully by that time I will have taken care of the cover for the album too!  I’m real excited to share this new music with everyone!

Stay funky,

Professor John

My work on the new album, Sophomore Sizzler, is going great, and I wanted to share a song from the upcoming album with everyone. This song is called “Trapped in Blues”, and it’s named after the big musical influences that can be heard in the song.

The drums/percussion are straight from Atlanta’s trap music scene which is popular in the area. It was a lot of fun playing with the fast hi-hats and varying the drums under the same musical patterns. The songs chord progression is also very similar and can be heard in a lot of blues music. Of course, the bass is heavily influenced by the funk, and the breakdown in the middle with the synth bass reminds me of the Gap Band.

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I have been super focused on finishing up the second album since the holiday, and I am really proud of how it is sounding so far.  This album will definitely outshine my first, and I am extremely excited to send you guys some previews in the next few weeks.  Because the funk has been on fire, I have decided to name the album The Sophomore Sizzler, and the cover art is going to be inspired by this meme below (I figured to pull this off in my lifetime I have to do it before I’m 30 LOL).  I hope everyone is enjoying 2018, and I’m looking forward to previewing some of the album in the next week or so!

Stay funky,

Professor John

I wanted to e-mail everyone and congratulate them on making it another year! 2017 was a doozy of a year for a lot of people, and sometimes it is hard to put things in perspective when so much is happening in your career, hobbies, news, family, country, ect. depending on who you are and your priorities. I have picked up journaling the last couple of months, and it has helped me a lot in focusing my goals and not getting bogged down in petty stuff. I would seriously recommend journaling for everyone, and it only takes a few minutes a day. If you need any help getting started, reply to this e-mail, and I can send you some links to help get you started.

So in my journals the last few days, I’ve written about goals that I had in 2017 that I did not reach. There are plenty of excuses I can come up to why I did not achieve my goals, but life is much more of a learning process than checking accomplishments off of a list. While it can be disappointing, it has helped me focus on what I want completed and how to do it in the future, and besides that, 2017 has been a very fulfilling year personally with the relationships I have created and strengthened , music I’ve played, and work I have done.

However, one of the main goals that I did not reach in 2017 was completing my second album. I have about 90% of the music done before I start properly mixing and mastering the tracks. The album will definitely be finished in the first quarter of 2018. I hope it will be available then as well, but it may be more like the first half of 2018 to coordinate artwork and some other extras I want to create for this album that I did not for Freshman Orientation. I hope everyone has/had a great holiday season (we got snow in Georgia!), and I hope you are looking forward to getting funky with me next year.

Stay funky,

Professor John