As the world continues to recover from the Coronavirus, we're all finding ourselves in unfamiliar territory given the subsequent lockdown that is keeping us off of stages and confined to our homes. Luckily, there's comfort in the fact that we're all in this together, and that there are still many outlets for us musicians to keep us active and sane throughout this quarantine. We're checking in with bass players from all over the world to see what they're doing to stay entertained, healthy, productive, and safe during this trying time.
Bass Player: David Ginyard
Bands & Artists: Terence Blanchard, Aaron Parks, Blood Orange, David Fiuczynski, Solange
Home: Brooklyn, New York
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been spending a lot of time with my family, learning new ways to approach life outside of music, and relaxing, for the most part.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I’ve been doing a ton of listening. Balancing the art of heart verses the mind, or soul verses science, as they say. This includes everything from transcribing away from the bass to reading through Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 and Symphony No. 6.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
The new Aaron Parks album, Dreams of a Mechanical Man is a good place to start, I was blessed to be a part of it, and the mood of the record is very appropriate for these times. My father has a special, unique way of playing guitar, so I find myself sitting around listening to him play away as my Mom sings.
What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?
I’m not much of a gear head, but since I’ve been home I’ve been getting accustomed to my new Pensa J-535 bass, which I custom-designed with Makoto Noguchi at Pensa [www.pensaguitars.com]. It sounds great in the studio, so remote recording has been an easy transition.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
I recommend stepping out of your comfort zone. Even though music plays a dominant role in my life, I’m finding other passions with the aid of family, such as cooking, baking, carpentry, and plumbing. My five-year-old daughter, Hannah, keeps me on my toes at any given time, so those skills are vital for any household.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
I’ll be finishing Terence Blanchard’s upcoming album. He graciously asked me to write and produce a few of the songs. I got a chance to write for string quartet, as Terence is featuring the Turtle Island String Quartet. Terence has always pushed young musicians to expand outside of their instruments, through composing. He’s a true gift to the world and I’m grateful to have worked with him.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Keep moving forward. Adapt rather than complain. Love on your family. Listen more. Relax and keep God first, he’ll take of the rest.
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