The Real World: February 2014 - Rod Turpin

Home base Washington, DC
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Home base Washington, DC

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Occupation Musician, college financial-aid rep

Gigs Studio, local DC events

Basses Custom Traben Array NT, fretless Gibson Ripper

Rig Gallien-Krueger 800RB and 400RB heads

Effects ART Bass Command Center, DigiTech BNX3, Electro- Harmonix BassBalls

Strings Ken Smith, Rotosound, Elixir

Heroes & inspiration Larry Graham, Chris Squire, Les Claypool, Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Alphonso Johnson, Jesus Christ


How did you come to play bass?

I was an early bass freak—I made a guitar into a bass. After learning the viola as a kid, I was drawn to the bass.

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

Play to improve your mind and artistic knowledge.

What are your musical goals?

To get good management and great gigs.

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