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Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor

Rod Taylor is President and CEO of Performance Learning Concepts. A longtime educator, he has taught at Indiana University, Stanford, and Tennessee State University. Rod has long been involved in music, both as a performer and as an academic. A bass player for over two decades, he has written for a variety of music magazines, including No Treble, Bass Player Magazine, and the UK’s Bass Guitar Magazine. He is also the author of Etunes, a textbook themed on music and the digital age, as well as a forthcoming book on luthiers based on his previous BP column “Meet Your Maker.”

Rod began playing the electric bass in high school and credits Tommy Sims and Chuck Rainey as his main influences. He loves all kinds of music and has been fortunate enough to play with some amazingly talented artists, including, Krista Detor, Artemis Robison, Chuck Rainey, Victor Wooten, and Steve Bailey. When he’s not teaching or playing, you can find him spending as much time in the outdoors as his schedule will allow.

Articles by Rod Taylor:

  • Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

    Track by Track: Chuck Rainey Talks “Interpretations of a Groove”

    Let’s face it, if you call yourself a bass player and don’t know and speak the name Chuck Rainey with reverence, then you would be in the minority. The bulk of us have long admired and emulated this pioneer of the bass guitar from the moment we began playing anything that grooved. Indeed, for most... »

  • Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 3)

    Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 3)

    Victor Wooten has been touring since he was five years old, most notably in his early years as a member of the Wooten Brothers Band. He and his brothers traveled with a variety of opening acts – including Curtis Mayfield in 1969 — and during the seventies and eighties shared the stage with artists like... »

  • Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 2)

    Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 2)

    Since his first solo album, released in 1996, Victor Wooten has been intimately involved in the recording, producing and mixing of all his albums — part of a growing trend among musicians. From the mid-nineties forward, more and more artists have been getting their hands involved in the recording process. The introduction of the ADAT... »

  • Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 1)

    Playing with Words and Music: An Interview with Victor Wooten (Part 1)

    “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” might be a familiar phrase to most of us, but Victor Wooten has evidently never heard of it. Or, if he has, he’s never heeded its advice. With his ground-breaking A Show Of Hands CD, Wooten launched himself into the limelight of the bass community (and the greater... »

  • Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Rainey

    Stories Behind the Songs: Chuck Rainey

    Chuck Rainey’s bass lines have laid the foundation for many of the most popular songs in pop, rock, jazz and fusion that emerged from the ’60s and ’70s. From Aretha Franklin to Marvin Gaye to Steely Dan, he’s played an integral part in the music of at least five Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame... »