Jonathan Randall (2016 October, Jon Randall, Blog)

Musician / Bass Player

BLOG Entry - 2016 October

October is turning out to be a big month. Just as I am writing this blog entry I am putting the final polish on my new website (yep this one).  There is a pretty good chance I might even try to publish it for the first time tonight !

One the music front…..

LESSONS - I am back teaching with several students signed up already for lessons. I did my first lesson last night (after a hiatus of a couple of years) and it was great to get back into it. I swear I learn as much as my students during a lesson. I’ve been developing a new curriculum that is a mix of theory, technique and a heavy emphasis on student playing. My number one aim is for every beginner student to walk away from their first lesson able to play a tune. A couple of good ones I been using are SAVE TONIGHT and WITH OR WITHOUT YOU. (4 chords - over and over).

BAND - The band has been super busy performing every 2 weeks throughout Summer and now into Autumn. We’ve had a few personnel changes and a some folks have subbed in on drums - THANKYOU to some awesome players. This coming weekend the band is playing at The Spar in Tacoma.

 The setlist continues to grow 50+ tunes….and we want to keep pushing it.

EQUIPMENT - I haven’t purchased a lot of new bass gear recently - Still loving my faithful Kubicki Factor bass - I think however a second one is on the horizon to keep it company. Amp-wise there is of course my trusty Trace Elliot rig and my Mark Bass rig that has served me so well for over 5 years now. I think when its time to replace it I will go straight out and buy another one exactly the same - these things are incredible lightweight powerhouses. F500 head into a pair of 2x10’s. Total weight 35 lbs…..which is the weight of a single Trace Elliot 2x10 cab.

[Edit] Fast forward November 2020 - I finally bought a second Kubicki in white!!! Just like the red one this is a beautiful instrument built in 1989. For full disclosure I did by a couple of Status Graphite basses in the last couple of years which are  great instruments that I love to play. You might see the blue headless S4000 Status (1989) and the red/orange-burst 1996 Status Eclipse (Ltd Edition 50/100) in some of my videos.