Jeff Schmidt
Jeff Schmidt is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

A bass player, or bassist is a musician who plays a bass instrument such as a double bass, bass guitar, keyboard bass or a low brass instrument such as a tuba or sousaphone. Different musical genres tend to be associated with one or more of these instruments...

. He is left-handed, but having learnt to play on an inverted right-handed bass he still plays with the strings the opposite way to convention, i.e. highest string at the top. He also tunes his basses higher than normal using lighter strings, also known as Piccolo bass
Piccolo bass
Piccolo bass can refer to two string instruments, the acoustic piccolo bass and the electric piccolo bass.Carl Thompson and Stanley Clarke collaborated on the electric piccolo bass and Ron Carter invented the first upright piccolo bass....


In 2005, Schmidt placed first in the Bass Extremes International Contemporary Solo Bass Competition. The competition was judged by Victor Wooten
Victor Wooten
Victor Lemonte Wooten is an American bass player, composer, author, and producer, and has been the recipient of five Grammy Awards....

, Will Lee
Will Lee (bassist)
Will Lee aka William Franklin Lee IV is an American musician and bassist, best known for his work on the CBS television program The Late Show with David Letterman as part of the CBS Orchestra....

 of the CBS Orchestra
CBS Orchestra
The CBS Orchestra is the house band, led by Paul Shaffer, that plays for David Letterman's CBS late-night talk show, Late Show with David Letterman...

 of The Late Show with David Letterman, Anthony Jackson, Steve Bailey
Steve Bailey
Steve Bailey is an American bassist who is famous for his pioneering work with the six string fretless bass. He was voted runner up for "Bass Player Of The Year" in 1994 and 1996....

 and Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Bissonette
Gregg Bissonette, is an American drummer. Gregg was born in a family of musicians. His father Bud Bissonette plays drums, his mother Phyllis plays piano and vibraphone, and brother Matt Bissonette plays bass guitar. Gregg started learning to play the drums at age 5 from his father...


He generally performs solo and produces a podcast
A podcast is a series of digital media files that are released episodically and often downloaded through web syndication...

about his own music making and bass playing in general.

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