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Todd Johnson

Todd Johnson is recognized as a pioneer of the six-string electric bass. With his Zon signature model six-string bass, Todd has developed an innovative technique where he plays chord changes and bass lines simultaneously, plus his ability to play “chord melody” gives him an uniquely rich and fuller sound that proves extremely useful in both solo and small combo work.

Todd has performed and/or recorded with other such artists as, Mike Stern, Poncho Sanchez, Frank Potenza, Dave Weckl, Scott Henderson, Plas Johnson, Lew Tabackin, Jack Sheldon, Rufus Reid, Mundell Lowe, Michael Manring, Paul Humphrey, and Frank Gambale.

Though Johnson dedicates himself largely to performing and recording, he also teaches courses and workshops in a variety of settings. Since 1991 Johnson has served as a faculty member at such notable schools as Musicians Institute (BIT) 1991-1999, California Institute of the Arts 1998-2004, College of the Canyons 1999-2004 and The Master’s College 2002 – present.

Todd is also in demand as a clinician having performed clinics, master classes and residencies in such places as University of North Texas, Berklee Conservatory, New Hampshire BassFest, Cornish Institute, South Western Baptist Theological Seminary, BassQuake, Pasadena Bass Day, Mile High Bass Camp, Tokyo High End Bass Show, L.A. Music Academy, The Jazz School, U of Oregon, Spokane Falls C.C, Eastern Washington University, International Society of Bassists Convention, University of Arizona, Olympic College, Academy of Contemporary Music (London), Basscool (Lille, France).

Here’s Todd demonstrating the full register of his 6 string.

Todd tearing it up over the old jazz standard “Beautiful Friendship”.

Todd Johnson – Modal Bass Playing and Live Q & A – 04.29.2015

Todd Johnson hosts another Live Seminar.  This Time Discussing Modal Bass Playing.

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Todd Johnson – Skips ham bone and bucket-o-beans – 07.14.2015

Todd Johnson host another Live Seminar.  This time talking about Skips Ham Bone and bucket-o-beans.

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Todd Johnson – Minor II-V-I Guide Tone Lines – 10.17.2015

Todd Johnson hosts another seminar this time for the SBL Live weekend. Todd discusses Minor II-V-I Guide Tone Lines

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Todd Johnson – Constructing Walking Lines over Autumn Leaves – 11.23.2015

Todd Johnson Hosts another seminar for the Academy. Todd discusses Constructing Walking Lines over Autumn Leaves

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Sunday Roast – SBL Live 2016 – 04.10

Scott hosts the Sunday Roast Ariane Cap, Steve Lawson and Todd Johnson join him in discussing all things bass.

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