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: Rhonda Smith
Bands & Artists: Prince, Jeff Beck, Chaka Khan, Brian Culbertson, Solo artist
Home: Los Angeles, CA
How have you been passing time during the lockdown?
I’ve been keeping busy by practicing bass and writing as much as I can.
What have you been working on in terms of your bass practice routine?
I’ve been doing a lot of woodshedding, mostly. I’ve been focusing on practicing diminished scales and other symmetric scales.
What music, songs, recordings, artists, bass players have you been listening to as a source of comfort and inspiration that you can recommend?
I’ve been listening to tons of classical music. It soothes the soul! I’ve also been enjoying music that I grew up listening to when I was younger. It puts me in a wonderful space.
What bass gear have you been playing?
My Paul Reed Smith Gary Grainger 4-string. I’ve also been checking out some new pedals and finding some new sounds.
What non-music activities books, shows, movies or workout recommendations do you have?
I’ve been doing a lot of cooking, working out, and talking to friends and family.
What projects do you have coming up when the world gets going again?
Playing with friends and touring, of course. We have a lot of healing to do with music.
What advice can you offer fellow bassists for staying positive and keeping morale high?
Practice. Use this time to study some things you haven’t had time to do in your busy schedule, or take a lesson! Believe in yourself, love yourself, and believe in the healing powers of music!
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