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: Melissa Petitto

Bands & Artists: Solo artist, Cesareo, Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy), Flaviano Pennisi

Home: Catania, Italy

How have you been passing time during the lockdown?

I’ve been writing new songs and studying a lot. I cook some delicious dishes, I do physical activities, and I watch tv series and films.

What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?

My daily practice routine consists of playing scales and exercises with ametronome, to increase the speed. I’ve been studying a Jaco Pastorius method, and I’ve been writing new songs and arrangements.

What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?

I’m listening to Future Nostalgia by Dua Lipa. It has interesting bass lines that blend old school R&B and disco, and new school. I’ve also been listening to Marcus Miller, Larry Graham, Daft Punk, and Paul Turner with Jamiroquai.

What bass gear have you been playing and trying out?

I‘ve been playing my Fender Jazz Bass American Standard through my Aguilar DB 112 cabinets and Tone Hammer 500 head. I haven’t checked out any new gear but I’m having fun with the Zoom B3n Multi-Effects pedal.

What non-music activities books, shows, movies, or workout recommendations do you have?

I read a Freddie Mercury biography and I’ve been watching shows and films like Sons of Anarchy, Ray Donovan, The Irishman, and Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood. I also recommend physical activity to feel better.

What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?

I’ll record my new songs with my band, of course. A lot of shows, festivals, and gigs were cancelled here in Italy. There was word of resuming in March of 2021, but I hope it’s much sooner. We’ll see.

What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?

Put it all into your music because music can saves us. Plan new projects, write new songs, practice, and study a lot. Increase your passion and take time for yourself and your dearest loved ones.

Follow Melissa: Here

All check-ins compiled and edited by Jon D'Auria & Chris Jisi