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“The Blue Collar Bassist” contains lots of applicable advice for the gigging bassist or the bassist aiming to gig. Peppered with pro advice this book’s got great stories from the green room and tales from the road. You will find actionable musical tips as well as solid business advice – this is a really useful collection.”

Ariane Cap: 

Bassist | Educator | Author – “Music Theory for The Bass Player”

"The Blue-Collar Bassist"


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About Ted

A New Orleans native and veteran bass player, Ted Gould has worked with Funk Music Legend Zigaboo Modeliste (the Meters), 80’s pop music and fashion icon, Jody Watley, Jon B., Prince Damons, Levi Seacer Jr. (Prince and the NPG), Ron E. Beck (Tower of Power), Nya Jade and many more.

But, more importantly, Ted has worked with countless regional artists, theatre productions and churches. He has played more weddings than he can count. He has hundreds of nondescript, casual gigs under his belt that have paid him $100 (or, $25 after you factor in learning the material, rehearsing and gas), earned him three hours of sleep on a Saturday night so that he can wake up and still make the 8:00 am church call.

He’s shared stages with Maroon 5, Evanescence, the Dave Matthews Band, Outkast, the Black Eyed Peas, and some other acts you’ve no doubt heard of (and he’s never met). Ted has created online courses, a wealth of YouTube video tutorials, and taught countless lessons. He has been a contributor to, and he’s been featured in Bass Player Magazine. He earned his B.A. in Music Performance from California State University, East Bay with a focus on Double Bass.

Ted Gould certainly has white collar credentials. He is also a blue-collar bassist.