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I’m Gheorghe Postoronca and This Is How I Play

If you’re unfamiliar with bassist, composer and side man, Gheorghe Postoronca, now is the time to start knowing who he is.

Gheorghe is a Moldovian solo bassist and composer best known for his solo compositions including “Victoria”, “Crazy Train” and “On the Road”, all of which were featured on NoTreble.com.

When watching Gheorghe’s solo work, one of the first things that popped into my head was emotion. It takes a special hand to balance the loud with the quiet; the aggressive with the delicate in almost a drop of a hat. Gheorghe has one of those hands.

Sure enough, as you’ll read down below, when I asked bassist and composer, Gheorghe Postoronca, how he would describe his playing, he said, “emotional bass playing”.

I have to say, that really does perfectly sum up his playing style.

Also – so does this 10-plus-2-string stretch:

gheorghe victoria

At the moment, Gheorghe is currently holding down the bass duties for the band of celebrated musician, Valy Boghean, best known for his mastery of a dizzying array of instruments including:

  • Saxophone,
  • Flute
  • Trumpet,
  • Tilinca,
  • Kaval,
  • Taragot,
  • Duduk,
  • Bagpipes,
  • Clarinet and
  • Bass Guitar

After seeing his performance of an original composition titled, “Victoria” on No Treble, I knew I had to reach out and say something to him. As luck would have it, Gheorghe responded to my Facebook message and agreed to be a part of the How I Play series.

So here we go: this is how Gheorghe Postoronca plays:

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Where are you currently located? I live in Chisinau, the capital of the Republic of Moldova, but I travel a lot.

What is your current gig? At the moment I’m playing with one of the most talented artist from Moldova – Valy Boghean.

What is one word that describes your playing? I would describe it as “emotional bass playing”

Describe your current setup and what is favorite piece of gear at the moment? I have had different gear, but currently I’m playing a great Sadowsky bass. For soloing I use a Ken Smith 6 Burner and at the rehearsals I use my old Transient Attack Hartke 350 (I love it) and an Italian cabinet Cicognani with B&C custom woofers, here are some pictures:


What is one thing you could not live without? I can’t live without being able to create.

What is your practice space like? Usually I practice at home, but here is a picture from our Valy Boghean Band studio.

What album are you currently listening to? “Red” by King Crimson

What book are you currently reading? “Lolita” by Vladimir Nabokov

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? To trust myself.

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How I Play is a new segment for Smart Bass Guitar where we ask bass players to introduce themeselves, share their practice tips, rig setups, favorite music and more. Want to be featured as part of “How I Play”, send an email to mike@smartbassguitar.com with the headline, “How I Play”.