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Best of 2015: The Top 10 Ask Damian Erskine Columns

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Damian Erskine’s “Ask” column is the longest running column we have here on No Treble. Every Wednesday afternoon, Damian answers a new reader question (you should send yours in too: askdamian@notreble.com).

Not only is the the oldest column here (333 columns published, and counting), it is one of the most popular.

Here are the top 10 reader favorites from Damian’s “Ask” column in 2015.

Exploring New Ways to Practice Chord Changes on Bass

1. Exploring New Ways to Practice Chord Changes on Bass

A reader asked Damian if he has any suggestions for new ways of practicing playing through changes. As always, Damian delivers…

Can Hanging a Bass on the Wall Damage the Neck?

2. Can Hanging a Bass on the Wall Damage the Neck?

This “Ask” question focuses on gear care – specifically, if hanging basses on walls or stands can cause damage. And it is generating a lot of views. Check out what Damian, Pete Skjold and readers have to say – and add your thoughts too…

Quickly Figuring Out Available Notes For Given Chord Types

3. Quickly Figuring Out Available Notes For Given Chord Types

In this column, Damian answers a reader’s question about finding some “quick and dirty” tricks for remembering available notes for given chord types. Check out what our resident expert has to say…

Bass Players: On Staying Motivated and Avoiding Unhealthy Comparisons

4. Bass Players: On Staying Motivated and Avoiding Unhealthy Comparisons

Damian’s first column of 2015 was a great one, and worth repeating… if you find yourself struggling with staying motivated and/or comparing yourself to other musicians, you’ll want to read this…

Multiple Basses or Just One? A Discussion for Working Bass Players

5. Multiple Basses or Just One? A Discussion for Working Bass Players

In this super popular “Ask” column, Damian takes on a reader’s question about whether or not to have multiple basses for a variety of gigs – or stick with just one. See what Damian has to say and offer your take too…

Singing While Playing? A Discussion for Bass Players

6. Singing While Playing? A Discussion for Bass Players

In this “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question about learning to sign while playing bass. Tricky for most of us… but Damian has some good thoughts on how to approach it. He welcomes you to add your thoughts too on this column…

Solving Bass Hum Problems (Grounding vs. Shielding)

7. Solving Bass Hum Problems (Grounding vs. Shielding)

A reader writes in asking about an issue with hum coming from his bass in the studio. Damian Erskine breaks down the issue, discussing the differences between grounding and shielding problems…

Right Hand Endurance for Bass Players

8. Right Hand Endurance for Bass Players

In this “Ask” column, Damian Erskine answers a reader’s question on maintaining right-hand endurance during gigs… including how to practice for success…

Thinking In Modes or Scales and Constructing Bass Lines

9. Thinking In Modes or Scales and Constructing Bass Lines

Damian responds to a reader on how to think about scales when it comes to playing over chord changes. Damian delivers yet again…

Dealing with Different Environments and Bass Tone

10. Dealing with Different Environments and Bass Tone

Damian answers a reader’s question about dealing with tone changes in different settings. Check out Damian’s checklist and add your thoughts…