It’s not a chord until we play a note!


It’s not a chord until we play a note!


which is a series of brief missives and

video interviews which are aimed

to entertain and (perhaps) enlighten the masses.

Tailored for social media and digital platforms,

KYBP is a quick, informative read

highlighting the players’ most important works!


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Latest posts

Latest posts

Brad Hallen Presents… The Roots of the Electric Bass!

Bassist, composer, recording and performing artist, educator, and historian – among other endeavors… Brad Hallen hosts a brief video and tutorial history of the electric bass!    Who is Brad Hallen. Glad you asked! From his website bio   Brad Hallen hails from Boston, Mass and is an accomplished Acoustic and Electric bassist.   Since […]

AI: The Best Thing to Happen to Music Since the Electric Bass

  Artificial intelligence (AI) is intelligence—perceiving, synthesizing, and inferring information—demonstrated by machines, as opposed to intelligence displayed by humans or by other animals. – Wikipedia 2023   I love it.   Yet the above referenced Wiki waxing is misleading. AI is intelligence displayed by humans through machines. Sound familiar? Please refer to every invention stretching back to the printing press and […]

Rock’s* Greatest Decade: The 1980s

By Tom Semioli : Note this op-ed was NOT composed by ChatGPT *”Rock” is a term loosely used by the author.   In the beginning…   If I’ve learned anything in my sixty-three years on this mortal coil it’s that every generation (within my reach) holds their respective era of pop culture sacred. Sports, music, […]

The Bass Mastery of Phil Spalding and The Value of Education for the Rest of Us

  A body of experience… the acquisition of knowledge or skills through experience, study, or by being taught…   I met Phil Spalding in London in 2019 when I interviewed him for my Know Your Bass Player film series with Mark Preston, Derek Hanlon, and Oliver Harley Symonds. As best as I can recall he […]

Tony Senatore: Self Portrait of Jaco

  This past weekend, I watched the Robert Trujillo-produced documentary about the life of legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius entitled Jaco. Although the film was made in 2014, I finally got around to viewing it, and the timing was perfect. A steady diet of highly mediocre Instagram bass videos sent to me by my bass-playing friends […]