Sergeant First Class
Tedi “Son of
Home base Baltimore, Maryland; Panama
Occupation Recon NCO 32nd CST (WMD)
Gigs Club Meade, Ft Meade Md., Son Of
Basses Dean Rhapsody 8-string, fretless
Fender Jazz, and semi-hollow Ibanez
Rig Ampeg SVT-CL head
Effects Snarling Dogs Bootzilla Bootsy
Collins Signature Bass Wah, Electro-
Harmonix Big Muff Pi, Dunlop Crybaby
Bass Wah, DigiTech Synth Wah
Strings, etc. Rotosound Jazz Bass 77
Heroes & inspiration Stanley Clarke, Marcus
Miller, Aaron Mills, Wayman Tisdale
How did you come to play bass?
I am self-taught; my first lessons came from my uncle,
a guitar player, who taught me two songs: “Slide,” by
Slave, and “Brick House,” by the Commodores. But
once I got into jazz and rock, it was all over. When my
mother passed, he had to find a way to keep us off the
streets in the projects, and music was the way to keep
three boys engaged in a positive manner.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?
It is all about the passion and the “nod factor”—if the
bass line cannot immediately make the listener nod,
you’ve lost the true focus of your craft.
What are your musical goals?
To make the kind of music that makes other bass
players say to themselves, “I hear ya!” Now that my
military career is complete, I would love to give music
back to the world. I feel that giving the world music is
a selfless act we can all use.
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