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January 04, 2009

Sporadic Gig Syndrome

Wanna see me and others play weird/strange/cool/lovely bass music LIVE?

I have a gig coming up.

No shit.

Me - Jeff "How come I never get to see him play live" Schmidt. :)

Its a house concert in the San Jose area on Jan 23rd around 7:30pm - the Nerd-Farm Solo Bass Hootenanny! where I'll be joining Steve Lawson & Lobelia and Gustaf Fjelstrom. It's a casual but cool affair.


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I haven't played a proper show in a few months. This means I've forgotten how to play many of my tunes.

It may come as a shock - but I actually don't sit around playing my own music much.

So if I'm not gigging - I'm not playing the tunes. If I'm not playing the tunes for a few months - I forget how to play them.

They are, if I do say so - pretty frakking hard for me to play. I can't just "wing it". Wish I could.

In 07 I was playing gigs with such regularity that keeping my material in shape was easy.

But last year was reeeeeeeeealy mellow on solo bass gigs for me. Mostly by choice - but still.

So now, when someone asks me if I'm into doing a solo gig - all I can think about is the time and effort needed to bone up on my own music. Add a certain amount of laziness on my part and you start getting the idea.

That's Sporadic Gig Syndrome.

You should've seen me - hitting Youtube - watching my own stupid videos trying to figure out how I played some of that stuff. I'm such a tard.

POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS: vote for your fav in the comments!

A.) lower my standards - don't practice & wing it!

B.) gig more. duh.

C.) write simpler music I can play without much prep.

vote now.

Anyway - it seems I'm fated to create music I'll need to incessantly practice. My cross to bare. Weep for me.

My feeling right now is that I'm probably not going to play much Outre material for this engagement. We'll see.

The idea of playing some of my newest musical sketches is far more exciting than spending hours re-learing/practicing older material.

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I think I can safely say I have no "hits" that I'll need to play to "please the crowd" - so this shouldn't be a problem. :) If you plan on attending - and this is a problem - speak now cuz I'll have to work on it if you want to hear something. Otherwise I'm going rouge bitches! :)

Does anyone else have Sporadic Gig Syndrome?

Does anyone else write music they forget how to play?

Does anyone want to help me get - ya know - Frequent Gig Syndrome?

Drop a comment.

House Concerts are all the rage now cuz it's easier to put on than at a "proper" venue that often needs 200 people drinking expensive drinks in the house to make it worth their while.

If you want to put on a House Concert just drop me a note and we'll work something out.

August 22, 2008

First time here?

Here's the quick and easy stuff.

You can listen to samples & purchase my CD - HERE

You can watch some videos of me performing most of my pieces HERE

And if you'd like to share a question or comment - you can drop it in the comments section of this post - or just e-mail me directly

jeff at beautiful-bass dot com


--jeff schmidt

May 14, 2008

Ruiner Severhead gets physical (limited edition)

alter-ego project leaps from the virtual only world to the physical world.

4 wikkid cool handmade designs - each one personally assembled by Ruiner Severhead.

From left to right, top to bottom SINS - FATHER WILLIE - THE CRUSADER - SNAKE HANDLER


13 tracks of high quality CD audio - not the mp3 burns.

Also includes Bonus track - exclusive Ruiner re-mix of demond wilson's Etude #4

Limited edition.

not sure how many - but based on how much glue I got all over the place certainly no more than 100.

I'll have some of each design available at Solo Bass Night 4 - tonight in Berkeley.

You're coming . . . . right?

April 22, 2008

Solo Bass Night 4 - May 14th 2008 - Berkeley CA

For Bay Area folks (and those who will be traveling) I'm pleased to be part of a really great night of solo bass music -



Michael Manring,

David Grossman,


Jean Baudin


Jeff Schmidt

The details -

Solo Bass Night 4 at Freight & Salvage Coffee House

1111 Addison Street · Berkeley, CA 94702 · (510) 548-1761

Wednesday, May 14, 2008 · 8:00-10:30pm

Tickets $18.50 in advance, $19.50 at the door

Tickets now available at TicketWeb or at the Freight & Salvage box office.

These shows are always great fun for me and highlight the diverse approaches to making music with electric bass guitars.

More details HERE

Hope to see you there!


September 21, 2007

BASS UP!/ Andy Mckee's new album

THIS week (saturday) is Darren Michaels "Bass Up" event in Atlanta - which I'm totally honored to be invited to perform at. Details HERE

Some of you may remember I played a few shows with Acoustic Guitar maestro Andy Mckee in May.

What you may not know is that Andy asked me to play bass on a few tracks for his new album. Yup - "real bass". ,-)

Andy's new album "The Gates of Gnomeria" is out and it features 2 tracks with yours truly. It's a pretty amazing collection of songs from Andy. It's much more textural than Andy's last CD "Art of Motion" and - in my opinion - a deeper musical statement. Really sweet stuff from Andy.

You can get Andy's CD at the CANDYRAT RECORDS WEBSITE

While you're there you can also pick up a copy of my solo CD Outre. ,-0

UPDATE: Rob from CandyRat has posted one of the tunes I played on at the CandyRat myspace site HERE It's titled "Dependant Arising"

Hope to see you!

August 19, 2007


======My scheduled performance tonight in Campbell has been canceled. ========

I'll have details later. Look for info on an upcoming solo bass gig next week.



OH yeah - I almost forgot. I'll also be appearing on the KFOG Morning Show on Friday Morning August 24th.

We'll be at the Marin Brewing Company @ Larkspur Landing broadcasting live as part of Local Music Month on KFOG. I'll be on sometime after 8am. Swing by for a top o' the morning pint!

Or just to hang. ,-)

1809 Larkspur Landing Circle, Larkspur, California 94939


February 01, 2007

Solo Set @ The Canvas

I played a 30 minute solo set last night at a Bar/Gallery called "The Canvas" on the edge of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Continue reading "Solo Set @ The Canvas" »

October 24, 2006

Berkeley Solo Set - 10-26-06

UPDATE: 10/27/06

Thanks for coming out guys! Great to see some familiar bass faces at the performance last night. Edo played a wonderful set of ECM styled world flavored New Age Solo Bass Jazz with lots of looping, vocal sampling and some pretty hip soloing.

I intro'd a few new never before performed live pieces I've been working on and the night seemed to go well. I'm looking forward to Larkspur Theater Solo Bass Night with Edo, Dave Grossman & Jean Baudin. I'll probably be playing a totally new set from what I played at last solo bass night. I hope to work something on the new 6 string bass into the set as well. Thanks again!

Continue reading "Berkeley Solo Set - 10-26-06" »

September 10, 2006

Solo Shows

Continue reading "Solo Shows" »

May 14, 2006

San Francisco Bass Weekend

Solo performance followed by Todd Johnson Bass clinic - sponsored by Zon & Accugroove.

San Francisco Bass Weekend

KFOG Radio appearance

I'll do a short interview and solo performance on KFOG radio in San Francisco at 104.5 FM at about 8:30am talking solo bass & the Freight & Salvage Solo gig.

It will be streamed live and you can listen online at KFOG.COM

March 14, 2006

Solo Bass Night @ Freight & Salvage

May, 17 2006 at Solo Bass Night @ Freight & Salvage
1111 Addison Street · (510) 548-1761, Berkeley, CA 94702
Cost: 17.50 adv 18.50 door

SOLO BASS NIGHT AT FRIGHT & SALVAGE - staring Michael Manring, Jean Baudin, Jeff Schmidt, David Grossman. details at