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Mamma Mia!

Hi everyone. I’m excited to be playing once again for Moreau in their production of Mamma Mia! Something new for this year the band will be on the stage rather than in the pit. Going to be a lot of fun.

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New Merch store launched

Stop by and shop for t-shirts, tanks, hoodies, phone cases, and more!

https://teespring.com/stores/mikesmerch

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New interview with Vigier Guitars!

Check out my recent interview with Vigier Guitars.

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IndieGoGo campaign for my first solo album!

Hey everyone!
I’m launching an IndieGoGo campaign for my first solo album. I have several songs almost completely written and more ideas coming. I have so many talented friends of varying genres who I’m looking forward to working with as well. Please check out my campaign and contribute if you can. If you can’t, please share. Thank you!

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Oklahoma!

I’ll be playing trombone in the pit for Moreau Catholic’s production of “Oklahoma” later this month. Get your tickets here

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new interview. Bass Musician Magazine

I recently did an interview with Brent-Anthony Johnson for his ongoing project “Why is music important” in Bass Musician Magazine!Click here to see the interview.

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Time, it’s not just a magazine.

metronomeLike myself, anyone who has studied music in a high school or college environment has heard something like the title above. In my observation, outside of those environments it doesn’t seem to be discussed much especially with rock musicians.

When I was in college all of my teachers used to say “as musicians, TIME is our greatest asset no matter what your instrument”. As much as we were drilled in theory, tone, technique, reading, etc we were drilled in playing with good “time” even more. Now that doesn’t mean to cause your playing to be “robotic” or “stiff”, just that your time is consistent and doesn’t vaccilate. Playing in time doesn’t mean to be absolutely right on with the metronome either...

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Radial Big Shot i/o mod

After much research looking into A/B input switches I decided on the Radial Big Shot i/o. My purpose is in my pedal setup I want to have my Line6 G50 Wireless plugged in and not have to unplug it when I need to go wired. My solution for this was to plug the wireless into one input and keep the other input available for going wired. The only issue I had with this pedal is the lack of any indicator to show if the mute switch is engaged or which input is currently live.

I stumbled upon an ad on Craigslist for “The Pedal Doctor“. He added a multi color LED and a 9 volt power receptacle. Now it has an indicator for three modes. If your pedals need any work see Matt The Pedal Doctor. Thank you Matt for the great work at a very reasonable price!

Muted = No Light

bigshot muted

Blue light = Input 2

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A tribute to my teacher Frank Sumares

The world has lost a great man. Frank Sumares or our beloved “Unca Funk” as many of his students have known him passed away early this morning. The impact he has left on the music community and on the lives of countless students is immeasurable.

I studied with Frank at Chabot College in Hayward, California for several years in the early/mid nineties. I don’t think there has been a rehearsal or gig since then where I haven’t heard his voice or felt his spirit. He had a way of bringing the best out of his students and refining us not only in our performance, but in the way we conducted ourselves as professionals. Leave your attitude at the door and do your job. All the while driving us to be our best and not settle for “mediocre”. Some say “those who can’t, teach”...

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NAMM 2013!

Hi everyone,

NAMM 2013 was a blast!  A highlight for me was meeting the fine folks at Vigier Guitars. Not only are their instruments a real visual work of art but they feel and sound amazing! Even with all the other manufacturers displaying some beautiful instruments, I found myself gravitating back to the Vigier booth. That transparent black 5 string “Passion” bass was calling me ;-). Vigier hosted an event at the Crowne Plaza Anaheim featuring some of their artists such as Bumblefoot, The Aristocrats, Cut the Funk,  Thank You Scientist! Amazing players all around. Great instruments, great people. Looking forward to ordering my Vigier 5 string bass very soon.

Also got to try out some very interesting instruments.  The Pratt 11 and 18 string basses were surprisingly easier to play than...

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