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The Blue-Collar Bassist: How to Get Gigs & Be The Player That Everyone Wants To Hire


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.

Readers say

I’ve watched Ted navigate the Bay Area  music scene for more than 10 years. He’s  grown up as he learned from his mistakes and found his own voice. In this book he shares some incredibly valuable information that you won’t learn in school. I highly recommend it!

Darryl Anders - Bassist, Bandleader - AgapéSoul