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

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 […]

“MasterBasstion” Know Your Bass Player Glossary

  MasterBasstion [mastərˈbāSSHən] “master – bass – tion” : the act of stimulating one’s own bass libido by rendering dexterous non-musical passages that serve only to garner attention from the masses on social media, in music retail brick-and-mortar, or at trade shows.   Such displays, grossly misrepresented as “virtuosity” depreciate the value of music education […]

Know Your Bass Player Knows Baseball: Take Five

Editor’s Note: This non woke essay was not written by ChatGPT!   My baseball fandom officially commenced on 10 September 1968 when I attended my first game at Shea Stadium. Tom Seaver and the New York Mets, still considered an expansion team, lost 6-0 to Roberto “Bob” Clemente, legendary Yankee killer Bill Mazeroski, Robert Ralph […]

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 […]