Beth McPherson

Session Bassist and Composer

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Berklee College of Music Class of 2021, dual major in Bass Performance and Jazz Composition with a minor in Musical Theater Writing I have been playing electric and upright bass for 12 years and have experience playing all styles of music. I have very strong sight reading abilities and have been praised for my melodic and foundational bass lines.

While attending Berklee, I studied with Anthony Vitti, Joe Santerre, Bruce Gertz, Whit Browne, Chris Loftlin, Mike Pope, Lincoln Goines, Oscar Stagnaro, Fernando Huergo, and several others while at Berklee. Beyond Berklee, I have studied with numerous extreme metal talents, including Linus Klausenitzer, Dominic "Forest" La Pointe, Jared Smith, Arran McSporran, Jacob Umansky, Conner Green, Brendan Brown, and multiple other technical masters of the instrument. I have extensive experience playing just about any genre or style, specializing in jazz, metal, funk, R&B/soul, progressive/fusion (jazz, funk, rock), Latin/Brazilian, world (Mediterranean, Arabic), rock, pop, and country. I also have a lot of experience playing in musical theater pit orchestras and have strong reading abilities. I can play a part that you've written out yourself, or create my own bass line to accompany your song. I am capable of many different techniques, including tapping, harmonics (artificial, natural, pinched, slide, harp), slapping/popping (double/triple thump/pluck), and can play both finger style and with a pick. I can play both pizzicato and arco on upright bass (though my bow is out of commission currently). I will do as many revisions as necessary until you are satisfied with my work. If you would like me to imitate a specific bass player in my recording, please tell me and I will do my best!

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Interview with Beth McPherson

  1. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  2. A: I will revise my product as many times as necessary until they are happy with my work. I want people to be happy with the work I've done for them, and I want to be proud of the work I've done.

  3. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  4. A: I ask them what they're looking for in my work, and ask if they have any examples for a certain sound they might be going for. I also ask them if they have any specific gear they would like me to use for this project.

  5. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  6. A: Don't be afraid to ask questions, and if you are unsatisfied with the product, tell them. Ask the provider to change things if you aren't happy with the current state of the project, just don't be rude about it.

  7. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  8. A: My laptop, a bass (I can't decide which but definitely a 5 string), the necessary cables, an interface, and my pedalboard.

  9. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  10. A: I think my strongest skill is sight reading, and I've also been praised for my accurate transcriptions of bass lines and solos and the professional appearance of my charts.

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Terms Of Service

I will revise as many times as necessary until you are satisfied with my work. I ask that you allow 10 days for me to complete recordings and ensure they are of the highest quality.

GenresSounds Like
  • Steve Harris
  • Cliff Burton
  • Steve Di Giorgio
Gear Highlights
  • 4 string Fender American Standard Precision
  • 4 string Fender American Standard Precision
  • 5 string Fender American Deluxe Jazz
  • 5 string fretless Sire Marcus Miller V7
  • 5 string Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray HH
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