Name Jeremy Kaplan
Home base Worcester, MA
Occupation Quality Engineer for a battery company (Boston Power)
Gigs Jumbled Mess (original band), Drivin’ Rain (cover band), BFJ (praise band)
Basses Marcus Miller Fender Jazz, Music Man Sterling 5, Fender Standard Jazz Fretless, Michael J. Kelly Dragonfly fretless
Rig Hartke 3500, Hartke VX410
Heroes & Inspiration Phil Lesh, Allen Woody, Cliff Burton, Chris Wood
How did you come to play bass? I got a cheap guitar when I graduated high school and tried to figure it out for myself, but I couldn’t understand chords. I figured that since I always dug the bass parts on my favorite albums and would only have to play one note at a time, I should trade for a bass guitar. Twenty years later I think I made the right decision!
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? I used to feel restricted when playing and couldn’t figure out how to deviate from the root notes in a song. Then a friend pointed out to me that there are only 12 possible notes you can play, and in a specific key there are seven notes to choose from, so even if you guess. you still have a greater than 50 percent chance of being right (and your ears will tell you when you’re wrong). This helped me become more adventurous when playing bass. Although I still hit a bad note occasionally, I am no longer restrained in my note choices.
What are your musical goals? Record more albums, play full bars and clubs, and start a MMW-inspired jazz trio.
Name Rob Farina
Home base Crystal Lake, IL
Occupation Collision repair shop owner
Gigs Heinous Dwayne, Square Peach Royalty Free Music
Basses Fender American Jazz V, Alvarez 6- string with MEC active J/J pickups
Rig Genz Benz GBE400, Ampeg BXT210m 2x10, Ampeg BXT115 1x15
Effects Boss Octave, Line 6 Bass POD rackmount
Strings Fender 8255 Nickelplated Steel (5- string), Conklin Snakeskins (6-string)
Heroes & Inspiration Geddy Lee and John Myung are my heroes, and I am inspired by a good drumbeat.
How did you come to play bass? My older brother Chris plays guitar, and our older brother Larry gave me a bass for Christmas when I was 14.
What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way? Practice! Learn as much you can when you’re young; it’s harder to learn when you’re older!
What are your musical goals? My 6-year-old son Jaydon started playing drums. I would love to create music with him!