Hi! I’m Posido Vega, a multi-passionate creative. I’m an artist, bass player, jazz theory enthusiast, children’s book author and illustrator, and SEO 😅. My journey has been a whirlwind of creativity, music, personal growth, and digital innovation.
Brushstrokes and Boats
As early as I can remember, I’ve been an artist at heart. The canvas and I are old friends, and the smell of oil paint in the studio feels like home.
In 2003, I quit my job as a high school art teacher and lacrosse coach and embarked on an adventure to the rainy city of Seattle, where I found my muse in the boats navigating the Puget Sound.
Grooves and Gigs
Music is another lifelong passion of mine. I picked up the bass guitar back in 1995, and since then it’s been an unforgettable journey.
I never thought 4-strings would take me cross-country for a couple decades from big venues, to cozy coffee shops, and to people’s living rooms.
I enjoy playing all styles of music, especially jazz, gospel, rock, funk, indie, and world music.
A Dad’s Tale in a Pandemic World
2020 brought a new role into my life — fatherhood. It was during the lockdowns of the COVID-19 pandemic, changing diapers every 30 minutes, and complete lack of sleep, that I got an idea for a children’s book.
A few years later, in 2023, life threw me a curveball — I lost my dad.
While spending time with him in the hospital, amidst the beeping monitors, I wrote and illustrated the children’s book that I imagined when my daughter was born.
Then nearly 8 months to the tee, it was like Groundhogs Day all over again — I lost my mom. Only this time, it was completely unexpected.
The Digital Frontier
And I really started getting into developing WordPress websites for local musicians and small businesses.
Freelancing was fun and during that time, SEO became my secret superpower, and I watched the websites that I built soar through the ranks.
As life grew busier, I wanted more efficiency. So, I picked up Python automation scripting — a skill that not only squashed boring repetitive tasks but also proved invaluable in my SEO endeavors.
A Harmonious Blend
You might be wondering how these seemingly disparate passions come together.
That’s the beauty of life — it’s a canvas waiting to be painted, a stage where every note and every word contributes to the grand design.
My artistic sensibility infuses my music with depth and emotion. My experiences as a musician enrich my creativity, both on canvas and in the digital realm.
Fatherhood and authorship add layers of purpose, inspiring me to create positive change.
And technology makes the process of it all so much fun.
Thank You For Being Here
Whether you’re here for the art, the music, or the SEO wisdom, I’m honored to have you as a companion on this journey.
I encourage you to embrace your passions, nurture your creativity, and believe in the incredible potential that resides within you.
Thank you for being here and taking the time to explore my world.
Frequently Asked Questions
When did you start playing the bass guitar?
I started playing the bass guitar in 1995. I saved up a month’s worth of income from my job delivering papers and bought a used Fender Precision Bass for about $200.
What kind of basses have you owned?
My first bass was a 4-string Fender Precision bass. During that time, my friend some how convinced me to chisel off my frets to make it fretless, the way Jaco did. But, of course I had no idea what I was doing, and I destroyed my fretboard.
After that, I got a 4-string Ibanez Soundgear bass, which would become my main axe for nearly 2 decades.
I also had a 5-string Spector bass. I regret selling this bass. This one had a unique, warm, and woody sound to it.
After these basses were sold, came a few other basses.
– A cheap 4-string Dean acoustic bass (I did some busking for a few years and needed something that I didn’t care if it got beat up.)
– 6-String Modulus Quantum bass
– 4-string Music Man Stingray bass
After all these were sold, I stuck with a 5-string Modulus Quantum bass. This would be my main axe for many years. I also got rid of the Bartolini pickups and replaced them with passive EMG pickups. I really love the feel of this bass. One time at a gig, my bass slid off the chair and onto a solid brick. The body split and my heart sank. I got it repaired and it still sounds and plays great.
Later, I would get a 4-string Reverend Decision bass. I gravitate toward the 4-string more than any other bass. This bass feels amazing on my hands. (Update as of December 2023: I ended up selling this bass. I’m moving to a smaller apartment and no longer have the space for it.)
Currently, my main axe is a 4-string Fender Ultra Jazz bass. This is such a versatile bass and I’m still learning all there is to it.
Who are your musical influences?
The following musicians had a tremendous impact on how I hear music and approach it on the bass:
Oteil Burbridge (bass): Sometime between 1995-1997 I saw The Aquarium Rescue Unit at a club in DC. That was the first time I ever heard Oteil Burbridge play. After that show, I could hardly speak.
Barry Harris (piano): The impressionistic sound that Barry Harris gets on the piano with his approach to harmony has become the foundation of my approach to chordal arrangements on the bass guitar.
Chick Corea (piano): I’ve seen Chick Corea perform many times live. His energy and freedom with music is unreal.
Ray Brown (bass): I caught one of the last shows with Ray Brown before he passed. When I got there, the venue sold out. Ray Brown happened to be outside and I expressed how bummed I was that there weren’t anymore seats left. He let me in and I got to sit side-by-side with the pianist, on the same chair! The music swung so hard and I could intimately feel Ray Brown’s bass. His positive spirit, big tone, and swinging bass lines is something I aspire to reach.
Gary Peacock (bass): I’ve never seen Gary Peacock in real life. His recordings with Keith Jarret is some of the most melodic bass playing I’ve ever heard.
Jeff “Tain” Watts (drums): Jeff “Tain” Watts is a force to be reckoned with on the drums. I’ve been blessed to see him perform live many times and each time I watch and listen in awe at the rhythmic undercurrents he produces.
John Stowell (drums): I got to see John Stowell perform a few times, when I used to live in Seattle. The way he mixes sounds and the shapes he creates on the guitar is really interesting to me and it’s opened up my ears.
Jaco Pastorious (bass): Jaco Pastorious was one of the bass players that initially inspired me on the bass, particularly with jazz music.
Why do you always sit when you play the bass?
Around 1999, I experienced an injury with my left shoulder. Ever since then, I haven’t been able to wear the bass guitar on my shoulder for an extended period of time before my hand and fingers would start to go numb. I’ve seen many physical therapists, but none have been able to help resolve the problem. So, I’ve learned to manage by sitting while playing the bass guitar.
What got you into teaching the bass guitar?
Albert Einstein said, “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
I’ve always enjoyed the process of finding simple ways to explain something. I’ve found that when I challenge myself to teach a complex concept in a simple way, I end up learning it on a deeper level. So, teaching is something that I’ve always gravitated towards doing.
Adding to that, I’m a parent now. So, live performance isn’t something I’m interested in doing full-time anymore. Teaching allows me to spend more time with my family, which is important to me.
Do you offer refunds for your products?
I absolutely allow refunds for pretty much any reason, as I want you to be happy with your purchase.
Your refund request must:
– be within the refund period that is outlined in my Terms & Conditions page
– not be obtained illegally or from the web. Your purchase has to be from my website.