Tone Talk with Rebecca Doree

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Rebecca Doreé is a Los Angeles native who’s life has always been somewhat unpredictable and adventurous. Music, however, has always had a bit of an oxymoronic presence in her life: predictable, yet unpredictable, but always present in some shape, form, or fashion. She has been singing for her entire life.

Growing up, many instruments were introduced in her household, so she naturally gravitated towards playing the piano, drums, and whatever her creative mind could find. At the age of fifteen, she was introduced to the bass guitar, the one instrument that wasn’t in her household coming up. Always curious and always willing to take on a challenge, she embraced her new instrument. Along the way, she found that this instrument would challenge her the most.

Throughout the years, she was introduced to many who would play and master the same instrument. Her musical-instrument influencers include, but are not limited to, Debbie Henry, Sr. (her mother), Charles Davenport, Philip Moore, Esperanza Spalding, Deborah Killings, Christa Smith, Victor Wooten, Anthony Wellington, Marcus Bass, Jaco Pastorius, etc.

She has always been in love with God, so she has fallen in love with Gospel Music, and the spiritual impact it has on her won’t be mistaken. She enjoys an array of other genres and what they bring; however, Gospel has always given her the freedom to express her love for Jesus Christ while inspiring others, especially women and young ladies, to pursue their God-given purpose. She is endorsed with EMG Pickups and is currently working on her first solo project, so stay tuned for more from Rebecca!

What is your definition of tone, and how has it changed over the years?
TONE! It has definitely changed for me throughout the years. I have always had a pretty good ear when it came to what I wanted to hear; however, playing bass, I had to approach it differently. I had to find my sound. Actually, I am still searching. I started off on very mediocre outputs/amplifiers. Honestly, it made me better, and I didn’t have a crutch to lean on regarding my sound. Of course, as I developed musically, my tone matured and I was able to pinpoint what I needed. Tone, to me, is “the sweet spot.” It is how my fingers rest on the strings as it plucks the notes. It is my diction and how I adjust my treble, mids, lows, and volume simultaneously. It is having the musical conversation with another instrument or simply trying to convey a musical message.

Which guitars, amps, and pedals are you currently using and why?
I currently play an electric Washburn bass guitar, which is equipped with EMG pickups and LowEnd Bass PreAmp and an Upright Bass (Double Bass). My choice of amp is a David Eden Valve-Tech Series WT-500 amp head and a 4×10 Gallien Krueger (GK) bass speaker cabinet. My equipment choice is a reflection of my musical growth. I enjoy quality and the balance of being able to adjust to any style of music.

Are there certain recording techniques you prefer in the studio?
To be quite honest, I am new to studio sessions. When I find out, I will let you know.

How do you keep your sound consistent onstage?
I preset on my amplifier and any other adjustments I need to make; I do it from my instrument. 

What does your practice consist of?
My practice typically consists of me constantly learning new music. With that, as I approach, I am sure to run scales and tackle basic theory before proceeding. 

What is your advice for young women who hope to work in the music industry?

  1.  Keep the Lord first. He will lead you.
  2.  Don’t be afraid. 
  3.  Remain aware of your surroundings while maintaining your character. YOUR gift will make room for you.
  4. STAY HUMBLE and know where your gift comes from.
  5. HAVE FUN! MUSIC SHOULD BE FUN!
  6. BE YOU. BE AUTHENTIC and remember your why.

You can keep up with Rebecca by following her on social media @rebeccadoree_

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