The Real World: Larry Gee

Home base Winder, Georgia
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Home base Winder, Georgia
Occupation ESOL instructor (retired sign painter)
Main gigs The Wild Hares (classic rock power trio), Rough Draft (blues, R&B quartet), the Edukaterz (seven-piece R&B and funk)
Main basses Music Man StingRay 5, Fender American Precision 5, OLP 5, Martin Sigma Acoustic 4-string
Rig Acoustic Image Clarus into SWR 4x8 and Bag End 1x10; Bugera Veyron BV1001T into Acme Low B 2x10
Effects Boss EB-3 Chorus (my fourth one in 30 years), Tech 21 Bass Fly Rig, Electro-Harmonix Q-Tron, Morley ABY (to send signal to both amps)
Strings D’Addario (heaviest gauges available), DR Strings Low-Riders, Fender, Elixir … always experimenting
Heroes and inspirations The J’s: Jaco, Jack Bruce, John Paul Jones, Jack Casady, Anthony Jackson, and the fountainhead, James Jamerson (with props to Paul McCartney)
Contact, Facebook/Wild Hares

How did you come to play bass?

I was a drummer first. In college, in my first “real” band, the bass player schooled me in theory, modes, scales, etc. I learned the bass lines to Cream’s Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire, by dropping the needle on vinyl.

What’s a lesson you’ve learned along the way?

Less is more. The more players onstage, the less you need to play (which is why the power trio is such fun—I get to fill a lot of space).

What are your musical goals?

To play more, and to get that notebook of originals recorded.