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Meet Trip Wamsley!

Discussion in 'Barker Bass Forum' started by IotaNet, Oct 25, 2005.

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    Trip credits the fateful day early in 1982 when he heard "Silly Love Songs" by Wings as the day he decided that music was for him. He would often accompany his band-director father to area music stores where he would see bass guitars. The young Trip thought basses were, "...big guitars for dumb people...". (We've learned to appreciate Trip's dry sense of humor...) Trip's school had a bass that was not being used, so he brought it home and learned to play "Summer Nights" from the movie "Grease". With his first song under his belt and some new-found confidence, Trip set out to make music.

    Trip studied with Michael Manring in 1991 and 1992, which was an experience Trip says that consisted of scathing invective and brutal honesty. Trip credits Michael with the phrase "...be deep wide awake and slow...".

    Trip's playing takes on both the rhythmic bass and melodic lead roles, harmonics and overtones are flung about effortlessly. Right hand, left hand, all ten fingers, tuning keys and every ounce of potential is used to bring forth music from his finely crafted instruments. Musicains will appreciate his creative use of both fretted and fretless basses, special effects and detuners. Trip is the introduction to the bass guitar as a complete orchestra.

    Trip performs solo concerts all over the world, plays in the art rock band Atomic Opera, and hangs out with his wife Saran and son Xander at his house in Louisiana.
  2. Scwwitt


    Nov 2, 2005
    Santa Cruz
    I dont know if you have ever heard this from anybody, but on first glance I thought you were Johnny Depp.

    On a more serious note..I really have enjoyed your playing I have listen to some of your stuff. I love it!


    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    Johnny Depp? I'll take that. :) Glad you are digging my tunage!
  4. dharma

    dharma Srubby wubbly

    Oct 14, 2005
    Monroe, Louisiana
    I'm from Shreveport, my girlfriend is from Sulphur. Her family's houses were annihilated, save the one they built on a 10-ft. man-made hill by scooping a lake in their front yard.

    Sulphur's a tiny place. Stokes' ring a bell for a name you may know?

    I'm exceedingly impressed by what you've got going, and wish I had a smidge of your talent/opportunity. Working a night shift job makes it impossible to find a teacher.

    Ces la vis.


    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    Hello there! Stokes doesn't ring a bell at all. Sorry for that. What part did they live in? I'm in old Maplewood. My house faces South and we had 130 mph winds from the West. So our house did well as we had lots of protection on the West side from other people's houses. Even my Direct TV dish survived! Again, glad you did what I'm doing!
  6. Juneau


    Jul 15, 2004
    Dallas, TX.
    Heya Trip, enjoyed your clinic at the Atlanta Bass thing a month or so ago. I wish I didnt have to catch a plane and missed you playing that 8-string monster, but thanks for bringing it out to show us during your clinic anyhow :)

    /sings punk song and plays with a pick really fast :)
  7. Todd Johnson

    Todd Johnson

    Sep 27, 2005
    Anthem, AZ
    Trip, .....You're my hero...........If I ever grow up I wanna be just like you.........only taller....but other than that....just like you.

    Hope you're doing great things my friend!!!

    Looking forward to us playing together again sometime soon. :bassist:

    You're friend and fan, :hyper:


    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    This could get quite circular because you are my hero! I want to be taller too. Another foot or so would behoove me. Then again if I were behooven I would look like I was in league with Lucifer. Not good. I'm doing some great things and some not so great things. Per usual, but things are shaping up and cleaning up after Hurricanes and what-not. Can't wait to see you and do some pickin'!
  9. Whats going on Trip, you dont know me but I know a couple of friends of yours... Shayne Clifton ring a bell by any chance? :D I goto church with him, me and him are good buds. I ran into another guy in a local music store here in town he told me he took lessions from you, his name was Daniel Miller.

    I thought it was a small world that I ran into Daniel and that music store more than half way across the state and we knew the same person, well at least not personaly on my part... Shayne's told me some storys. :D

    Take it easy Trip,


    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    I remember Shayne well. As for the stories, I have no idea what he told you about. Send a PM and let me know. Might be really funny. Good to meet you!
  11. thunderthief_29


    Nov 20, 2004
    Lancs, Uk
    Hey Trip, I wanted to say I really enjoyed your set at Uk Bass Day. Yours and John Lesters cd's havent left my cd player since.


  12. Not positive I'm right here, but that BB from Bassquake might just be the one sitting in my music room right now.

    Dad, you'll have to correct me if I'm wrong, but is that #23 he's playing?
  13. Lee Barker

    Lee Barker Labor of evident value satisfies the soul.

    Oct 25, 2005
    Redmond, Oregon
    owner, Barker Musical Instruments, maker of the Barker Bass, No Longer In Production.
    Could be. Check for those two darker parallel lines between the bridge and the tailpiece, and those little puckery knotettes either side. Gawrsh, to actually own a bass played by Mr. Wamsley...It would be an Antiques RoadShow winner in, oh, 50 years or so...


    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    Thanks for the kind words and I'm really glad you like the album. It's things like that really keep me going. :)
  15. Yep. That's the one. Same wood figures, and it's one of the old-school, pre-cutaway dobbers, which was a limited run, as I recall.

    Antiques Road Show, for sure.
  16. whitedk57


    May 5, 2005
    Franklin, NC

    I really enjoyed the Duke City Bass Jam last night. Also, thanks for your time with the bass lesson.

    I ripped your "Curve" CD onto my iPod and have been playing it quite a bit. Awesome! For some reason I have been craving eggs when I listen to "Huevos Con Dios".

  17. Lee Barker

    Lee Barker Labor of evident value satisfies the soul.

    Oct 25, 2005
    Redmond, Oregon
    owner, Barker Musical Instruments, maker of the Barker Bass, No Longer In Production.
    Here's a link to Sheila Marshall's site:


    Trip used his Barker on Radio, Wrong and Intrigued. There's a preview of Radio. It cooks.


  18. Snarf


    Jan 23, 2005
    Glen Cove, NY
    Yo man, you're still one of my biggest influences through all my stylistic wanderings at Berklee. Cheers man.


    Aug 13, 2003
    Sulphur LA
    My Barker bass is also featured on "And He Speaks" parts I and II on my current album CURVE. It's doing those low notes. And doing them GREAT!!! And thanks for the kind words SNARF!