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Best of 2016: The Top 10 Ask Damian Erskine Columns

Damian Erskine became No Treble’s first columnist on June 24th, 2009. Ever since he’s been publishing his mega-popular Q&A column every other week. We’re lucky to have him, and we know readers feel the same way based on the huge readership numbers his column sees.

And here are the best of the best – the top 10 most read Ask Damian columns on No Treble for 2016.

Competing with the “Bass Virtuosos”

1. Competing with the “Bass Virtuosos”

A reader wrote in to Damian saying he feels a bit defeated lately and feels he doesn’t have what it takes. Damian responded with some excellent advice…

Keeping Your Left Hand Relaxed: 11 Tips for Bass Players

2. Keeping Your Left Hand Relaxed: 11 Tips for Bass Players

Damian responds to a reader asking for advice on how to keep your left hand relaxed while playing – and maintain good health. Damian put together a list of 11 suggestions. Check it out, and lets be careful out there…

String Gauge vs. Speed

3. String Gauge vs. Speed

Damian Erskine covers the topic of string gauge vs. speed. Check out what he has to say and add your thoughts too…

Choosing the Right Bass Strings

4. Choosing the Right Bass Strings

A reader asked Damian for advice on choosing the right strings. Damian delivers a comprehensive look at the spectrum of choices, and offers other advice for picking the right ones for you…

Learning Lots of Songs Quickly

5. Learning Lots of Songs Quickly

A reader had a “dep” gig in 5 days and needed to learn 23 songs. He reached out to Damian for advice – and Damian delivers a great checklist. Check it out and share your own tips too…

Teaching (and Learning) Chords on the Bass

6. Teaching (and Learning) Chords on the Bass

Damian responded to a reader asking about teaching chords to his bass students. Damian shares some thoughts, which are both helpful to teaching and learning…

Getting Better Intonation on a Fretless Bass

7. Getting Better Intonation on a Fretless Bass

A reader asked for advice on how to achieve great intonation after making the switch from fretted to fretless bass…

Double Bass vs. Bass Guitar

8. Double Bass vs. Bass Guitar

Damian responds to a reader’s question about his views on pursuing the double bass, in addition to continuing as a bass guitarist. If you’ve made a similar move, please share your experiences too…

Jam Session Etiquette

9. Jam Session Etiquette

How you approach jam sessions – and the etiquette for those open jams – is important. Damian put together this “Ask” with a solid checklist for how to hit the stage the right way…

Memorizing the Fretboard: A Checklist for Bass Players

10. Memorizing the Fretboard: A Checklist for Bass Players

Memorizing the fretboard is an important step in the life of a bass player. But a lot of people struggle with it. Damian delivers with a great checklist – and invites you to share your methods too…

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