Joela Bassista: “The best advice I’ve ever gotten about bass was to stay in the pocket. Groove and feel are so important to every song”

Joela Bassista
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“I actually played guitar first, but one day the bass player at my old church had left, so I just went and picked it up and started playing along with the music that was playing in the sanctuary. I fell in love, and have been playing ever since. I picked up the double bass in junior college. Shout to my late mother Romene who inspired me to practice every day. I’m currently playing with a new, all-female band called the Divas Of Jazz.”

“My first bass was a blue four-string Ibanez that I bought off a friend in college, shout out to him. My current bass guitar is a white Yamaha TRBX305 – I love it because the neck isn’t too wide. I also love that I can go between different tones just by flipping the switch on the bass. 

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