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Best of 2016: Top 10 Bass Columns

No Treble columns are designed to inspire. Of the dozens (and dozens) of columns over the course of 2016, these are the top 10 reader favorites.

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Bass Players to Know: Justin Meldal-Johnsen

1. Bass Players to Know: Justin Meldal-Johnsen

Ryan Madora first discovered Justin Meldal-Johnsen thanks to Beck. In this “Bass Players to Know” column, she shared the story (and some recommended tracks) by the award winning producer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist…

Introduction to “Shell Voicings” on Bass

2. Introduction to “Shell Voicings” on Bass

Playing chords on the upright doesn’t only add to our tonal palette, it also strengthens our knowledge. Some voicings, however, are more pleasant than others and can easily become “muddy”. As a result, many choose to play “Shell Voicings”. Dr. D breaks it down…

Bass Players To Know: Chris Wolstenholme

3. Bass Players To Know: Chris Wolstenholme

For this “Bass Players To Know” column, Ryan is once again spotlighting the anchor of a power trio with Chris Wolstenholme of Muse. Check out what she has to say, which tracks stand out, and add your favorites…

Bass Players to Know: Bob Daisley

4. Bass Players to Know: Bob Daisley

When it comes to picking a bass player to know, Ryan says she tries to look beyond the scope of her musical knowledge. So she asked Kevin for advice on some rock bassists. Then she spent the day listening to the work of Bob Daisley…

Practice Slow/Practice Fast

5. Practice Slow/Practice Fast

“Slow practice is fast practice” they say. To be sure, slow practice is a powerful strategy. Used by itself, however, it is incomplete. Dr. D shares some thoughts (and routines) for practicing slow – and fast – in this “Lowdown” column…

Bass Players to Know: Paul Simonon

6. Bass Players to Know: Paul Simonon

This time around, Ryan is focused on The Clash’s Paul Simonon. See what she has to say about his gritty, reggae-inspired grooves – and more…

Keeping Time in Jazz

7. Keeping Time in Jazz

Dr. D loves a good bass solo as much as the person. In the band, however, our most important job is to “keeping time.” Here’s a “Lowdown” column with a few things we can do to help improve our “time” before the next gig…

Learning the Double Bass Fingerboard

8. Learning the Double Bass Fingerboard

Dr. D received a question from a reader who was asking for advice on becoming more familiar with the fingerboard. Check out what he has to say in this “Lowdown” column…

The Lightbulb Moment: A Matter of Taste

9. The Lightbulb Moment: A Matter of Taste

In this “Lightbulb Moment” column, Ryan Madora ponders the question “Why do we need so many different kinds of basses?” Check out what she has to say, and share your thoughts too…

Custom Shop: Tuli Basses

10. Custom Shop: Tuli Basses

In this edition of “Custom Shop”, we caught up with luthier Aron Bach of Tuli Basses to get the scoop on his background, designs, and philosophy…

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