The Bass Clef Experiment

The Bass Clef Experiment


The Bass Clef Experiment plays an eclectic blend of original songs and "covers", all instrumental. The covers are interpretations, as no songs have been written for cello and bass guitar.


The Bass Clef Experiment is a creative collaboration between bassist Greg Gohde and cellist Mike Alvarez. Playing a wide variety of music encompassing classic rock, blues and jazz as well as their own original compositions, they bring a unique sound to concert stages throughout San Diego.

A violin-bowmaker by trade, Greg is an accomplished player of many stringed instruments, including the guitar and bass as well as the entire family of orchestral strings. He has worked with with Dennis Cahill, Tom Gunty, Jack Straw, The Kent Brothers Band, and the San Diego Mandolin Orchestra, among others. He has also shared the stage with San Diego's Phil Harmonic. Greg is a master of the fretted and fretless bass guitars, and employs a myriad of techniques to get the most out of his instruments. His years of musical experience include teaching as well as performing. Greg runs Classic Bows Violin Shop with his wife Lois Bach where they sell and repair stringed instruments. Their shop also features an extensive selection of music-themed gift items.

Mike Alvarez is an avid progressive rock fan who started his musical life learning the piano. After trying the violin, he discovered that he liked the cello better, even though it towered over him at the time. A self-taught guitarist, bassist and percussionist, he returned to his true musical love and has since been a highly sought-after accompanist onstage and in the studio. Some of his proudest musical moments were spent onstage with Erik Norlander, Lana Lane, Mark McCrite, Don Schiff, Vinny Appice, and Nima & Merge. Other notable partnerships have been with Bridget Brigitte, Scot Taber, Rustik Ballyd, and Michele Shipp. He occasionally records and performs solo as the One Dude Orchestra.

We sometimes have talented drummers as guest artists. Most recently Clive Alexander.

We're now on YouTube! Go to and search for "Bass Clef Experiment" to view our videos.

The Bass Clef Experiment has played at the following San Diego venues/events:
Adams Avenue Street Fair
Rebecca's Coffeehouse
Hot Monkey Love Cafe
Hot Java Cafe
Farmer's Market (downtown)

Set List

Funk in E minor
Kung Fu Soul Brother
The Lowdown
Lazy Monday

"Beatles' covers"...
Eleanor Rigby
Norwegian Wood
Day Trippin'
Come Together

Harlem Nocturne... King Curtis
Chameleon... Herbie Hancock
Sunday Night... Savoy Brown
Happy Together... The Turtles
Linus & Lucy... Vince Guaraldi Trio
Frankenstein... Edgar Winter Group
Consider Me Gone... Sting
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat... Charles Mingus
Tuesday Afternoon... Moody Blues